Chelsea vs Newcastle – Saturday 2nd December 2017 – 12:30 - Sky Sports Football

Chelsea are 1/4 with Alvaro Morata at 2/1 to score first.

Chelsea face Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge on Saturday lunchtime, with Antonio Conte's men looking to go six unbeaten.

The Blues come into this match in great form, with the Blues narrowly beating Swansea 1-0 at home.

Defender Antonio Rudiger scored his first Premier League goal for Chelsea in the 55th minute, a vital first goal for the club.

Conte's side completely dominated the fixture, with 61% possession, 21 total shots and 10 shots on target.

Swansea were restricted to just two shots all game, with neither of those shots registered as on target.

It was a game that also saw Antonio Conte sent off for the first time in his Chelsea career, with the FA charging the Italian as well.

 

Five Unbeaten  

Antonio Conte's side are on an excellent run now, with their last defeat coming in the 3-0 defeat against Roma in the Champions League.

They are on a run of five games unbeaten in the PL, they will be looking to extend that to six matches against the Magpies.

The Blues face a Newcastle side that have failed to win any of their last five matches, Chelsea will be hoping to extend that to six.

Chelsea are third in the Premier League, narrowly behind United who are in second with 32 points.

 

Blues Favourites

Chelsea come into this match as favourites, with their recent form and home advantage informing the bookies.

The Blues will be looking to pile pressure on United, a win will see them move level with the Red Devils who face Arsenal.

Chelsea are looking for their 3rd win in 4 matches against the Magpies.

Huge Challenge

Newcastle come into this match on the back of a 2-2 draw against West Brom, an excellent result for Rafa Benitez's side.

Hal Robson-Kanu gave the Baggies the lead in first-half stoppage time (45+1), with the forward heading in Gibbs' cross.

Sam Field doubled West Brom's lead with a stunning volley, 11 minutes after the restart to make it 2-0 to Gary Megson's men (56).

Ciaran Clark began the comeback for Newcastle, with the central defender responding immediately with a header (59).

Newcastle completed the comeback seven minutes from time when Matt Ritchie's cross was bundled in by West Brom defender Jonny Evans (83).

 

Courageous Effort

That was an excellent comeback from the Magpies, who showed real grit and determination to come from 2-0 down to snatch a point.

They are on a poor run of form as it stands, with five games without a win that includes four defeats, the polar opposite of Chelsea.

Newcastle are in 12th place in the Premier League as it stands, with a win here taking them to 18 points from 15 games.

The Magpies are well on course to achieve their primary goal - Premier League survival.

Magpies Underdogs

Rafa Benitez's side come into this match as the underdogs, with their poor form informing the bookies.

This will be a tough match for Newcastle, with the Blues in excellent form at the moment.

Newcastle will be looking for their 46th win in 136 matches against the Blues.

Newcastle are 10/1 with Aleksandar Mitrovic at 12/1 to open the scoring.

Betting Tips

Tip 1 – Alonso to score first @ 9/1

Tip 2 – Chelsea to win 3-1 @ 10/1

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