Both clubs are desperate to shake off some poor results as Eddie Howe’s injury-stricken Newcastle travel to Stamford Bridge in the EFL Cup.
In the wake of lacklustre performances in recent weeks, notably in losses to both Manchester United and Everton, Pochettino faces the crucial task of rejuvenating Chelsea.
The upcoming Christmas period presents a favourable opportunity for a climb up from 10th place in the Premier League, featuring matches against Wolves, Crystal Palace, Luton, and Preston.
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NOV 2023 PREMIER LEAGUE Newcastle 4-1 Chelsea
JUL 2023 FRIENDLY Newcastle 1-1 Chelsea
MAY 2023 PREMIER LEAGUE Chelsea 1-1 Newcastle
NOV 2022 PREMIER LEAGUE Newcastle 1-0 Chelsea
MAR 2022 PREMIER LEAGUE Chelsea 1-0 Newcastle
OCT 2021 PREMIER LEAGUE Newcastle 0-3 Chelsea
FEB 2021 PREMIER LEAGUE Chelsea 2-0 Newcastle
NOV 2020 PREMIER LEAGUE Newcastle 0-2 Chelsea
JAN 2020 PREMIER LEAGUE Newcastle 1-0 Chelsea
OCT 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE Chelsea 1-0 Newcastle
Everybody will always point to the £1bn+ spent since Todd Boehly’s takeover and criticise the lack of results for the Blues that’s seen them win just four of their last ten Premier League matches. This was only made worse when Pochettino recently expressed a desire to spend even more money.
Jackson and Palmer are hardly Ronaldo and Benzema but I haven’t given up on them just yet and the aforementioned fixture list could be their time to finally achieve some consistent goal-scoring performances. I’m hoping a goal for each of them in Saturday’s 2-0 win against Sheffield United will trigger a more polished display going forward.
Although Reece James and Robert Sanchez headline a catalogue of injuries for the home side, the list is minor compared to what Eddie Howe has to contend with and the depth of the home squad should be enough to perform to a high enough standard to win this match.
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Newcastle have had an irregular season so far which has seen them crash out of Europe and stagnate at 6th in the Premier League. This is three places lower and seven points below their standard at this time last season.
In recent weeks, Eddie Howe has grappled with the persistent challenge of navigating December’s fixture flood amidst an ongoing injury crisis. This predicament intensified when Joelinton and Fabian Schar both suffered significant fitness setbacks against Fulham on Saturday.
Despite a 3-0 victory against Fulham, Newcastle found themselves facing 10 men after just 22 minutes which allowed the midfield to run rings around Marco Silva’s team and create this flattering scoreline.
The composition of Eddie’s squad for upcoming matches remains uncertain. With one day less to rest for the looming fixture before Christmas compared to the home side, there is a distinct possibility that the EFL Cup may be set aside for upcoming Premier League fixtures.
Although Newcastle won this fixture at St James’ Park 4-1 just four weeks ago, I believe Chelsea will reverse the form and finally come good to prevent Newcastle from reaching their League Cup heights of last season. With Newcastle winning just one from their last eight away fixtures across all competitions, I’m taking Chelsea to win at 3/4 with starsports.bet
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PROFIT/LOSS (DEC 2023): LOSS -8.44 points