Chelsea’s form had improved prior to the international break, but they may find the going a lot tougher at St. James’s Park on Saturday. Frank Lampard’s side might have won their last four games in all competitions at a canter, but they were all games that they would have expected to win easily.
Their three-goal victories against Sheffield United and Burnley can hardly be surprising given the fact that the two sides have accumulated three points between them after 15 games. Meanwhile, their comfortable wins over Krasnodar and Rennes in Europe must be tempered with the fact that they are two of the worst sides in this season’s Champions League with Rennes also playing with 10 men for most of their 3-0 defeat.
Saturday 12.30pm: Newcastle v Chelsea
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Their trip to Newcastle will be a much sterner test for Lampard’s side. Newcastle are a hard team to figure out as they look equally capable of the sublime as the ridiculous. They have been generally decent this season, however, and have been good at home, apart from a 3-0 defeat to Brighton in their opening home game.
Their 4-1 defeat to Manchester United may look humiliating on paper, but they did concede three times from the 86th minute on and had been very competitive beforehand. Elsewhere, their home wins over Burnley and Everton emphasise that they are going to make this very difficult for Chelsea on Saturday and the value is with The Draw.
Chelsea’s German forward endured a moderately difficult start to life at Stamford Bridge, but he has brushed those problems aside in recent weeks, scoring seven goals in his last seven games in Chelsea blue. Some of his goals have been truly excellent and he has really proved his class in the last month, most notably his two cracking goals against Southampton.
Werner’s pace makes him a constant threat, while Jorginho’s recent failings from the penalty spot will probably see Chelsea’s number nine take any spot-kicks they win in the coming weeks. Werner has dispatched three penalties in his last four games for Chelsea and seems confident from the spot, which can only be a good thing considering the number of penalties awarded this season. Werner an excellent bet to find the back of the net Anytime on Saturday.
Deployed as a third centre back at times this season, Hayden is likely to risk a yellow card on his return to action against Chelsea on Saturday. The combative holding midfielder has already been booked twice this season, despite going off injured against Manchester United and missing most of Newcastle’s previous three games against Southampton, Everton and Wolves.
In total, the midfielder has only really played four full games this season and found himself booked in two of them. Hayden could easily find himself isolated against Werner or Hakim Ziyech on Saturday and it is not difficult to envisage a scenario where he will be forced to take either player down to help his team. Hayden to be Booked is a very attractive price.
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