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Chelsea vs Newcastle in the Premier League on Mar 13. 2022 - Odds & Prediction

Chelsea vs Newcastle in the Premier League on Mar 13. 2022 - Odds & Prediction

With Chelsea currently lying third in the table and with nothing to play for, there is a big question regarding motivation and although they will have a stronger team on paper, there is always a feeling that dropped points could be lying just around the corner.

Which is a feeling that Newcastle will look to tap into at the weekend and with Eddie Howe’s men undergoing something of a transformation in recent weeks, now is not the time to take the foot of the gas.

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Regardless of what happens to Newcastle against Southampton on Thursday, it is fair to say that the Magpies are one of the form teams in the division right now and I have a sneaky feeling that they might just get something from their trip to Chelsea on Sunday.

A trip that although might not deliver maximum points, could still deliver one and with Eddie Howe’s generating a whole host of momentum right now, it will be interesting to see how they fare against one of the biggest teams in the division.

While when it comes to the topic of the biggest, that is the only betting sites that I have been looking at before this game and therefore, Newcastle at 53/20 (bet365) in the double chance market certainly takes my fancy.

Chelsea Form, squad news, opinion

As discussions regarding Chelsea’s ownership continue, manager Thomas Tuchel will be keen to focus on just the football and after getting the better of Burnley last weekend, that focus was squarely on the task in hand.

While when it comes to the tasks in hand, one wonders if cup competitions are going to be more Chelsea’s domain between now and the end of the season and after missing out in one final, there are still two more opportunities for additional silverware.

With the Club World Cup already firmly in the trophy cabinet, an opportunity to win the Carabao Cup was spurned last month and with the Premier League title race passing them by, the F.A. Cup and Champions League become far more realistic targets.

Which means Thomas Tuchel must decide just how many of his eggs to keep in the top-flight basket between now and the end of the season and if retaining the Champions League is the truest priority of all, then Chelsea’s Premier League counterparts will look to take advantage.

Then again, Chelsea still need an insurance policy and that itself comes in the shape of a top-four finish. Which means with Chelsea still yet to secure such an accolade, they cannot take their foot off the pedal just yet.

In terms of injuries and suspensions for the visit of Newcastle, there is only one absence for the weekend and that comes in the shape of Ben Chilwell, as the defender is ruled out with a cruciate ligament injury.

Newcastle Form, squad news, opinion

There is no doubt that Newcastle have undertaken the biggest transformation in English football and not simply because of the personnel that they purchased during the January transfer window.

Instead, the transformation has come from within and although the new faces have helped Eddie Howe’s ability to lift Newcastle off the bottom of the Premier League, a lot has to be said for the players who were already there.

Because much has been made of Joelinton’s switch from attack to midfield and in doing so, it has unlocked a huge amount of confidence in the Brazilian - confidence that certainly was not there in 2021.

While the same could be said for Ryan Fraser and with the Scottish international also previously working with manager Eddie Howe at Bournemouth, their relationship has flourished once more.

Which is why Newcastle are now looking up the table, rather than over their shoulders and although their end of season schedule looks incredibly difficult, there is still every chance that the Magpies will survive.

In terms of injuries and suspensions for the trip to Chelsea, Eddie Howe must once again do without a trio of players and this means that Kieran Trippier, Callum Wilson and Issac Hayden are still absent for the Magpies.


As far as Chelsea and Newcastle are concerned their rivalry is one that has been consigned to the top tier of English football for quite some time and during that time it is Chelsea that have ruled the roost.

In terms of their overall head-to-head record, Chelsea have won on 77 occasions, Newcastle 54 and there have been 39 draws

About the Venue

With Roman Abramovich looking to sell Chelsea, it means any plans to redevelop Stamford Bridge will have to be put on hold and with it being a smaller ground compared to the ones that host their nearest rivals, it is lack of construction which is arguably holding them back.

With COVID-19 restrictions being lifted in England, it means there is no longer the need to show a Vaccine Passport before attending the ground. Which means, match tickets are the only item that is required to be produced at the time of writing.


When looking at the Premier League odds for a top-four finish, Chelsea are almost certain to earn a return to the Champions League next season and in doing so, they will secure the insurance policy that underpins a second consecutive assault on Europe.

While when looking at the relegation market at present, Newcastle’s odds have lengthened in recent weeks and suddenly, backing the Magpies for the drop does not look as shrewd as it once did.

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