The lunchtime kickoff sees a mouth watering clash at St James Park, as the latest Newcastle v Chelsea odds suggest a straight forward away win for the London side.
There’s little doubt that Alan Pardew will be looking for improvement in the lunchtime kickoff today as his Newcastle side face up to Jose Mourinho and Chelsea.
Its been a rollercoaster of a ride for Toon fans, after some encouraging results against Cardiff and Liverpool at home, the side suffered a catastrophic defeat in the Tyneside derby against Sunderland last week, losing 2-1, while the side also suffered further indignation with a loss to Man City midweek, which knocked the side out of the Capital One Cup.
The return of Yohan Cabaye in midfield following speculation over a move has given the side some much needed quality in the middle of the park, while the goals of Loic Remy have given the side additional firepower going forward, as Papiss Cisse continues to misfire.
The arrival of the new Premier League title favourites Chelsea however will not fill the St James faithful with too much optimism.
Jose Mourinho’s side are now looking to be finding their feet under the leadership of their mercurial manager, with the Blues winning their last four away trips on the bounce against Steaua Bucharest, Norwich, Schalke and Arsenal.
Despite the Gunners fielding a weakened side in the midweek Carling Cup tie at the Emirates the resurgence in form of Juan Mata in midfield was apparent, and there’s no doubt the Spaniard is firmly in the Portuguese manager’s mind as he prepares his side for the lunchtime kickoff.
Fernando Torres is once more looking hungry in front of goal, and the Chelsea hitman looks to have fought off the challenge of Samuel Eto’o for the leading striker birth as the Spaniard looks more than a threat.
His price of 5/1 to score the first goal of the game is sure to attract plenty of attention from punters.
The 4/6 available on the away side looks more than a decent bet going into the game, although those looking for a little more value could do much worse than back the Chelsea win to nil at a price of 2/1 with Bet365;
The Blues conceded only once during those last four away wins and with the side suddenly looking capable of winning the title, that price looks too big to ignore against a stuttering Newcastle Utd.