Place: England. Newcastle upon Tyne. St James’ Park.
Date: on the 26th of August, 2018 (Sunday)
Match start: 16:00 (GMT+1)
Tournament: England. Premier League. 3rd round.
Newcastle (the head coach Rafael Benitez)
Despite the current twelfth place, the fans of the Magpies are happy with a game of the team in frames of the new championship. The hosts of the Saint-James Park have lost to Tottenham (the third prize-winner of the last season) an opening home match only by the number of the scored goals (1:2). But that was run-and-gun game.
And during the second away match with Cardiff Rafael Benitez’s team has experienced misfortune twice. On the 65th minute the Magpies were left shorthanded after Hayden Isaac’s removal. And already during an injury time Robert Kenedy hasn’t scored a penalty. As a result Newcastle has gained the first point in the second round and now as we have already noted it takes the twelfth position. But, at the same time you shouldn’t forget about the current conflict between the boss of club Mike Ashley and Don Raphael concerning transfer policy. Having been refused to sign necessary football players, the famous Spanish coach is building competitive team using the current squad.
Chelsea (the head coach Maurizio Sarri)
The new coach of the Royals Maurizio Sarri appeared in difficult situation. Of course, there is no conflict with the management of Stamford Bridge. The problem is that signor Sarri has signed the contract with the ex-champion only in the middle of July, that is when many other head coaches of the teams of the Premier League have already finished the process of completing their squads.
Rafael Benitez and Maurizio Sarri are building their squads using all available football players. But, nevertheless, the Italian specialist of the London club has received certain strengthening. This is the goalkeeper from Athletic Club de Bilbao, Kepa Arrizabalaga and the central midfielder of Napoli Jorginho.
Bookmaker coefficients on the match Newcastle vs. Chelsea
And now very interesting fact! Last time the Royals have managed to win over the hosts of Saint-James Park on December 3, 2011 (0:3). But, despite this fact and also the status of away match, the pronounced favorite for this match is the new team of Maurizio Sarri. Here the opinion of experts is clear: Newcastle – 5.50, Chelsea – 1.60.
So, what have we got? Since the last victory of Chelsea in the most northern city on the map of the EPL nearly seven years have passed. At that time André Villas-Boas was heading the game of the Royals and three winning were scored by Didier Drogba, Salomon Kalou and Daniel Sturridge. And all subsequent matches of the current rivals on Saint-James Park have ended with a draw and four victories of the Magpies (3:2, 2:0, 2:1, 2:2 and 3:0).