Match start: 15:00 (GMT+1)
Having secured itself against leaving the tournament, Rafael Benitez’s team has lost four matches in a row. And in three of them the football players didn’t even manage to score at least one goal.
According to the theory that 0.8 created moments on xG is equal to one goal, then during the unsuccessful series the team has gained 3.5 scored goals. Especially Newcastle wasn’t lucky during home match against West Bromwich Albion (0:1). At once 8 shots in that match were kicked by the hosts of St James’ Park from a distance no more than 9 meters directly in front of the gates.
However, the game with the Throstles has broken home winning streak of the team of Benitez during which they managed to win 5 meetings and 3 more they have managed to end with a draw. This match also became the only one from 8 last at home field in which the Magpies didn’t experience success.
Antonio Conte’s team still had chances for qualification in the Champions League, but has ended the home match against Huddersfield with the score 1:1.
Now only the miracle in the form of the loss of scores by Liverpool in a parallel match with Brighton is able to help the Blues to solve the problem. But they also need to win over Newcastle and that is hard to make.
Against the Terriers the goal possession of the hosts of Stamford Bridge was 70% of the time and they have kicked 22 shots on goal. But only 5 of them have had reached the goal mouth. The central defender Antonio Rüdiger was not successful in scoring the goals.
On the 2nd of December the Blues have surely won over rival during home match with the score (3:1) in frames of the championship. On the 28th of January they were even more confident at the Cup meeting (3:0). However Chelsea didn’t win over Newcastle 4 games in a row and 75% from them have lost.
Newcastle to win 5.16
Chelsea to win 1.60
As the head coach of Chelsea has already told in an interview, now his team takes that place which it deserved. We believe that in the last round the Blues will sum up all that has happened to them during the season and the victory (if gained)will be gained with big problems. At least it will be very difficult to save the gates against the rival that doesn’t feel any responsibility for the outcome any more.
Our tip: Both teams to score Yes – odds 1.75 Betfair