Chelsea are 1/4 favourites to continue their extensive unbeaten record at Stamford Bridge by defeating a Newcastle side who are desperate for three points
It seems that normal service has been resumed for Chelsea in recent weeks as they continue to sweep aside anyone in their path with Newcastle next to experience the wrath of Jose Mourinho’s men.
After ending Man City’s 100% home record on Monday night, Chelsea now find themselves just two points of leaders Arsenal meaning that a win could potentially leave them top by the end of Saturday.
With just a five day gap between fixtures, Jose Mourinho is likely to rotate some players with Oscar expected to take his place as part of Chelsea’s three man attack.
Having impressed on his return to the Premier League, Nemanja Matic will retain his spot meaning that either David Luiz or Ramires will have to drop to the bench.
Chelsea’s home form with Mourinho at the helm is nothing short of remarkable and The Blues are now unbeaten in the last 72 games he has overseen at Stamford Bridge.
Newcastle are looking like a shadow of their former selves at the minute having lost their last three games in a row leading them to lose more ground on their European rivals in eight place.
It could be another long 90 minutes for Alan Pardew who may be forced to start Luuk de Jong upfront as both Loic Remy and Yoan Gouffran are unavailable for the trip to London.
On top of that, Pardew is still without Cheik Tiote and Papiss Cisese who are both injured forcing the likes of Vernon Anita to deputise in midfield.
Despite Chelsea’s good record, Newcastle have managed to outdo Chelsea in recent meetings having won 3 out of the last four meetings between the two sides.
This record will give Newcastle fans some hopes however Chelsea are full of confidence at the moment and this is something Mourinho will use to get the result that he is truly looking for.