By Anis Bazza
Last Updated: 20th August 2018
Sunday 26th August
Stadium: Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff
Live on Sky Sports Premier League
Newcastle United vs Chelsea odds
The Magpies are 4/1 for the victory on their own turf in the Newcastle United vs Chelsea odds whilst Chelsea’s odds are trading at 13/20 in this Sunday evening Premier League clash.
Maurzio Sarri’s side are firm favourites to record their third Premier League win a row with a draw betting at a 14/5 pick.
Newcastle United vs Chelsea odds | team news
Talisman Eden Hazard and shiny new midfielder Mateo Kovacic were only fit enough for the bench last weekend against Arsenal. Both did come on in the second half however, with the Belgian recording the assist for the Blue’s winning goal.
In midfield, Ross Barkley started alongside Jorginho and Kante but failed to make an impact and thus could be replaced by Kovacic when Chelsea visit Tyneside.
Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez will not be able to select Kenedy against Chelsea since they are his parent club – not that Benitez will lament his absence after his last display.
The Brazilian produced arguably the worst performance of the season so far when he missed a penalty, completed no passes in the first half and narrowly avoided FA disciplinary action when referee Craig Pawson somehow deemed his kick on Victor Camarasa to be only a free-kick worthy offence.
Geordie team-mate Isaac Hayden will be suspended however after being sent off for a dangerous lunge.
For Chelsea, Sarri will likely stick rather twist with forward Alvaro Morata after he bagged on the weekend. Olivier Giroud is back fit after all while Cesc Fabregas will have recovered from a knee injury he sustained at the start of the season.
Our betting prediction is Alvaro Morata to score 2 or more in the Newcastle United vs Chelsea odds which is trading at a 13/2 pick.
Have to appologise to everyone for today, was a needless tackle and one that was stupid from me in that circumstance in the game. Will learn from it for sure and will be doing my upmost to repair my mistake today, for my teammates,manager and staff and fans in the future #NUFC
— Isaac Hayden (@IsaacHayden65) August 18, 2018
Newcastle United vs Chelsea odds | key players
Chelsea’s mercurial genius Eden Hazard has so far been limited to two substitute appearances since returning from holiday.
The World Cup silver ball winner should make his first start of the season against Newcastle and dislodge Pedro or Willian – likely the latter given Pedro has scored in both Premier League games so far.
Hazard is a 5/1 tip to open the scoring for the London club in Tyneside in the betting. For the Magpies, Joselu remains the odds-on favourite to score anytime at 9/1 – alongside Salomon Rondon.
A smarter betting prediction however would be for this game to see Over 3.5 goals which is trading at 12/5 – since the last five fixtures between the sides have averaged exactly four goals per a game.
Head to head records
Bouts between the Blues and Geordies have been goal-scoring feasts in recent years with both sides regularly drubbing each other.
Here’s how the sides’ last five fixtures went: Newcastle United 2-2 Chelsea, Chelsea 5-1 Newcastle United , Chelsea 3-1 Newcastle United, Chelsea 3-0 Newcastle United, Newcastle United 3-0 Chelsea.
Newcastle United vs Chelsea odds | Opta stats
- Chelsea winger Pedro has scored in consecutive Premier League games for the first time since February 2017.
- Marcos Alonso has been directly involved in 20 Premier League goals since his Chelsea debut in September 2016 (14 goals, 6 assists); seven more goals than any other defender
- All seven of Cesar Azpilicueta’s Premier League assists since the start of last season for Chelsea have come for Alvaro Morata.
- Eden Hazard registered his 41st assist for Chelsea, level with Cesc Fabregas for the Blues, and behind only Frank Lampard (90), Didier Drogba (55), and Gianfranco Zola (42).
- Rafa Benitez has now overseen 50 Premier League games with Newcastle – winning 15, drawing 13 and losing 22.
Anis grew up supporting Manchester City but found joy and solace across Europe’s major football leagues. Increasingly passionate about NBA, he is interested in and has written extensively about many different aspects of sport across the years, previously working at Sky Sports News and Sport360 newspaper in Dubai. He studied Sport Journalism at University but spent a large portion of his academic years building City Watch instead - the largest independent Manchester City Twitter account and website.