Paul Merson is predicting that Newcastle United won’t be able to stop Chelsea from winning in the Premier League fixture between the two teams this weekend.
Chelsea, who are top of the league, make the long trip to St James’ Park this Saturday afternoon to face 19th-placed Newcastle.
Thomas Tuchel’s Blues side are top of the division right now after overcoming a difficult run of fixtures. They have accumulated 22 points from nine league matches to sit top of the pile.
In contrast, Newcastle are yet to win this campaign and have just four points from their nine games. Interim manager Graeme Jones is currently preparing the Toon for this weekend’s fixture, amid all the paper talk of who the next permanent boss will be.
Merson has made a confident prediction that Chelsea will secure a 3-0 away victory to maintain their spot at the top of the pile.
“Chelsea have rested most of their players this week. They made loads of changes in the Carabao Cup, and I don’t think they can be stopped this weekend. Newcastle United are an absolute disaster at the moment, and I don’t see anything but a Chelsea win here,” Merson said.
Chelsea v Newcastle head to head
The recent history between the two clubs tips in Chelsea’s favour, albeit the record is a little more even when you consider the matches played at St James’ Park.
Chelsea have won six of the last eight league meetings. However, there were two defeats against Newcastle that both took place on Tyneside.
Tuchel’s men are understandably overwhelming favourites to earn three points this weekend against manageress Newcastle, so they’ll need to be able to deal with that pressure.
Big game for Kai Havertz
With Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner currently sidelined, all eyes are on Chelsea forward Kai Havertz to see if he can deliver in the number nine position.
The 22-year-old has the confidence boost of scoring a header in Tuedsay night’s Carabao Cup win against Southampton.
He needs to provide much more, though, than he did in his side’s convincing victory in the previous league match against Norwich City.
He simply has to seize the opportunity that’s right in front of him.
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