Chelsea have slipped up slightly on their way to the Premier League title, however they can return to winning ways against a managerless Newcastle United side at Stamford Bridge this weekend.
The Premier League action returns this weekend and most eyes will be on Stamford Bridge where Chelsea will be desperate to open up a gap between themselves and Manchester City.
The Blues may sit atop the Premier League, however with identical points and goal difference to Manchester City, they remain there only alphabetically, their comfortable lead disappearing thanks to some less than perfect performances of late.
Such was Chelsea’s dominance earlier in the season that many believed they could finish the season without a league defeat. Nevertheless, although the wheels may not have come off their charge to the title just yet, they have loosened slightly and Mourinho will be desperate for a win against a Newcastle United side who have lost their way again in recent weeks.
Chelsea returned to winning ways last weekend, defeating London rivals Watford in the FA Cup, however this success needs to be replicated in the Premier League and the Blues will be looking to avenge for their first defeat of the season when they lost to Saturday’s rivals at St James’ Park early last month.
The hosts are unsurprisingly firm favourites to clinch maximum points in this match, Bet365 amongst a host of bookies offering best odds of 1/5 for a home win. We’re confident that Chelsea will win this match, however these odds offer nothing in the way of value so we’ll be sidestepping this option and seeking something a little more juicy.
There are some solid alternatives available for this clash, the most obvious being a Chelsea win-to-nil. Newcastle have been scoring aplenty this season, however they will be facing a Chelsea rearguard which will be reluctant to give an inch at home. Indeed, the Blues have conceded a mere three league goals at home this season in the league and we don’t see this increasing on Saturday afternoon. Mourinho’s side can manage another home clean sheet this weekend, such an outcome offering decent value at 10/11 with Sky Bet.
Diego Costa should be making an appearance in this match following his appearance as a sub in the win against Watford last weekend. He must be a consideration should you be seeking a goalscorer in this game, the Spanish international up for grabs at 7/10 with Boylesports to score at any point of the match.
We’ll be backing a Chelsea win-to-nil however. The Blues had a torrid time of things against Tottenham last week, however they are much more solid in front of their own fans and should keep Newcastle at bay.
Our betting tips
Chelsea to win-to-nil – SkyBet 10/11