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Chelsea vs Newcastle United

Competition – Barclays Premier League

Stadium – Stamford Bridge

Date: 12th January 2019

Kick-off time – 17:30 GMT

Chelsea were controversially beaten by Tottenham in their last game, not thanks to a VAR-assisted penalty goal by Harry Kane.

The Blues have to move on from that result and turn their attention to the race for a place in the Premier League top four in this game.

The Blues head into this week 22 game with problems in attack.

They currently lead Arsenal by just 3 points and are 4 points behind Spurs who are 3rd.

With Manchester United picking up form, they know that they cannot afford to lose this game.

Chelsea have won 4 of their last 6 league games but their drab draw with Southampton in their last game and their 1-0 home loss to Leicester City is something they can only put behind with a string of great results.

Newcastle come here with their own struggles in attack.

The Magpies are only better than one team in terms of goals scored in the division this season as they have netted just 15 goals in 21 league games.

As a matter of fact, Rafa Benitez’s men have scored just once in their last 4 league games.

These struggles in front of goal is the major reason why they are just 2 points above the relegation zone and with no recruitment in sight, they could get relegated this season if they do not pick up their form fast.

Chelsea have five wins from their last seven meetings with Newcastle.

Unsurprisingly, bookmakers have priced Chelsea up as strong odds-on favourites to come out on top here.

Goal markets point to a lively game as over 2.5 goals is currently trading odds-on while Eden Hazard is favourite to score the opening goal of the game.

This game gets underway at 17:30 BST.

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