Chelsea vs Newcastle United Predictions and Match Preview, 28 Jan 2018

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Chelsea vs Newcastle United Predictions and Match Preview, 28 Jan 2018
Last season’s Runners-up, Chelsea, host Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle United in the fourth round of the FA Cup, this Sunday. Chelsea have reached the fifth round of the FA Cup in 17 of the last 19 seasons, only failing to do so in 2010/11 and 2014/15.
Match status: 2017-18 FA Cup Fourth-round
Venue: Stamford Bridge (London, England)

Chelsea v Newcastle United Team News

Antonio Conte’s side have been quite underwhelming in recent weeks and that was emphasised in midweek after they were knocked out of the Carabao Cup in the semi-final following an aggregate defeat to Arsenal.

The Blues have won just one of their last seven games in all competitions, drawing five times in the process. This includes two draws against Norwich in the last round of the FA Cup, and with Champions League football returning soon Chelsea will want to avoid another replay here.

Meanwhile, Newcastle have been unable to build on the FA Cup 3rd Round 3-1 win over Luton Town though, drawing against bottom of the Premier League Swansea and then losing away to Manchester City last weekend. This was The Toon Army’s seventh away defeat in the league this season. Only three teams have lost more away games than Newcastle in the Premier League so far.

The visitors' main issue this season has been going forward, with a lack of clear attacking threat leaving them with just 22 goals from their 24 league games so far. Chelsea have kept a clean sheet in four of their last six as well, so goals could be hard to come by on Sunday.

Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 10 FA Cup games against Premier League sides at Stamford Bridge, having won eight and drawn two in the process. Arsenal were the last Premier League side to beat the Blues at Stamford Bridge in an FA Cup game, which was back in March 2003.

Teams' Potential Starting Lineups:

Chelsea (3-4-3): Caballero; Cahill, Luiz, Ampadu; Alonso, Bakayoko, Drinkwater, Zappacosta; Pedro, Batshuayi, Barkley.

Newcastle United (4-4-1-1): Woodman; Dummett, Clark, Lascelles, Manquillo; Murphy, Shelvey, Merino, Ritchie; Perez; Gayle.

Injured or Suspended Players:

Chelsea: Willian, Cesc Fabregas, Thibaut Courtois , Alvaro Morata.

Newcastle United: Aleksandar Mitrovic, Florian Lejeune, Jesus Gamez, Kenedy.

Head-to-Head Record: Chelsea v Newcastle United

2017/18 Premier League
Chelsea 3-1 Newcastle

2016/17 Premier League
Chelsea 5-1 Newcastle

2016/17 Premier League
Newcastle 2-2 Chelsea

2015/16 Premier League
Chelsea 2-0 Newcastle

Chelsea v Newcastle United Match Odds:

Chelsea - 1.47
Draw - 4.74
Newcastle United - 7.90
All odds are with 1xBet (Read 1xBET Review) and are subject to change.

Conclusion and Predictions:

The Blues endured a dry spell in front of goal a couple of weeks ago and failed to score in 270 minutes of football. An emphatic 4-0 victory over Brighton put the scoring worries to bed but we think they’ll find it difficult to break Newcastle down at the weekend. Antonio Conte’s side have struggled to break down the likes of Norwich, Leicester and Arsenal on home turf recently and we wouldn’t be surprised to see this match have a similar pattern to those previous matches.

Our Betting Tip:
Goals Under 3.0 @ 1.69
Correct Score:
Chelsea 1-0 Newcastle @ 8.00

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