Newcastle v Chelsea tips: Will Sarri’s Blues sweep Toon aside?
After two wins from two, Chelsea will look to continue their perfect Premier League start under Maurizio Sarri when they head to Newcastle this afternoon.
The Blues have impressed in wins over Huddersfield Town and Arsenal. Defensive weaknesses remain but there’s a renewed vigour about the Stamford Bridge outfit following Sarri’s arrival as successor to Antonio Conte.
And they’ll be confident of another win against a Magpies side who are yet to win this season.
Sarri’s side have fired in six goals already this season. There’s 18/5 about Chelsea to win and over 3.5 goals in the match.
It could be a long afternoon for the Toon. Newcastle have to find a way of disrupting Chelsea’s three-man midfield of Jorginho, N’Golo Kante and either Mateo Kovavic or Ross Barkley.
It’s the crux to Sarri’s 4-3-3 system, and so far it’s worked a treat. Newcastle also must keep tabs on Willian, Pedro and Eden Hazard, who are likely to cut in off the flanks and drive at the Magpies’ defence.
There are plenty of goals in this Chelsea side. Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud share joint-favouritism to score first at 4/1.
Sarri has been careful to ease Hazard back into the fold following his World Cup exploits with Belgium. The winger could be unleashed fully for the first time today, and is 5/1 to bag the opener and 17/10 anytime.
For the hosts, Joselu and Salomon Rondon are deemed their most likely first goalscorers, with each at 9/1 to break the deadlock.
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When: Sunday, 4:00pm
Where: St James’ Park
How to watch: Sky Sports Premier League / Main Event
All Odds and Markets correct as of date of publication