Chelsea v Newcastle: Blues to dish out revenge at the Bridge

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Things were going swimmingly for Chelsea as they came into their match at St James’ Park at the start of December top of the league, unbeaten and looking firmly in control of the Premier League title race.

But in one foul swoop, Newcastle brought Mourinho’s men crashing back down to earth.

The Blues may still be top of the pile, but don’t look anywhere near as assured as they did a month ago.

According to Ladbrokes, things will be very different this time around.

The Magpies are 14/1 for victory, while even the draw is a huge 11/2. The hosts are 1/5 to make amends in a match betting market that is best swerved.

Instead, here are three places worth investing in.

Chelsea to score two or three goals @ 20/21

This is becoming somewhat of a banker for Chelsea’s home games.

Diego Costa and co have found the net two or three times in eight of their nine Premier League matches on their own patch, and look outstanding value to do so again.

The visitors have conceded either a pair or a trio of goals in three of their last four, and are set to keep up their side of the bargain.

Chelsea to win to nil @ 2/3

While we fancy the home side to cause plenty of problems going forward, the same cannot be said for John Carver’s men.

Only QPR and Sporting Lisbon have breached Chelsea’s goal in the last three months, an extraordinary record.

And with Newcastle returning north pointless and goalless in eight of their last 13 visits, this looks worth taking.

Eden Hazard to score first @ 9/2

Yes, we’re tipping him to score again. It’s fair to say we simply cannot ignore the Belgian this season, but this time we’re getting greedy and going for him to net the opener.

He’s scored in five of Chelsea’s last six Premier League games at Stamford Bridge, and with the Blues number 10 opening the scoring in two of the last three, he is a better shout than most to break the deadlock here.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Ladbrokes News’ equine expert, Ben likes nothing more than studying the form to pick out a winner or two for our readers. A Journalism and Media Studies graduate from the University of Winchester, Ben has previously written for a number of football and racing blogs and websites, as well as contributing to the sports pages of his home-town newspaper.