Prediction for the match Newcastle - Chelsea
I could easily call this match the derby of the round in the English Premier League.
As the Newcastle players come out with confidence. And it is not by chance that bookmakers place them as favorites.
Under the management of Eddie Howe, the Magpies entered very good form.
They recorded 4 straight championship wins. In which they scored a total of 11 goals.
My expectations are that today they will look for victory with attacks right from the start.
However, this does not mean that they will necessarily win.
Because Chelsea are by no means a team that can be underestimated .
On the contrary, the Londoners have many players who know how to fight back.
In addition, the "blues" are pressed against the wall. As they are winless in the previous 4 rounds.
On that note, I expect to see a really interesting game at St James' Park with goals from both sides.
But which team will score more? I think neither one nor the other.
Newcastle have won 6 of their last 7 league games (6-1-0)
Newcastle narrowly escaped relegation last year.
But now with the new club management and fresh additions to the team, the team is having an incredible season.
31st August - this is the date when Newcastle lost a game for the last time. It happened at Anfield against Liverpool, who won 2-1.
The Magpies are 6-3-0 in the Premiership since then.
In addition, Newcastle are unbeaten at St James' Park since April .
Eddie Howe's side have the third most prolific attack in the Premier League so far with 27 goals in 14 games.
But the defense is even better , with an average of 0.78 goals conceded per game. Which makes them the leader in the ranking according to this indicator.
During the week, the Magpies also progressed in the League Cup tournament, eliminating another elite team - Crystal Palace.
Chelsea cycled - 4 games without a win in the Premier League (0-2-2)
Graham Potter started his tenure as manager at Chelsea in the best possible way.
His side have won their first three Premier League games since he took over.
After that, however, the "blues" surprisingly worsened their performance .
First they drew against Brentford and Man United.
They then lost to Brighton (Potter's former team) and Arsenal.
The Londoners are now seventh, just two points ahead of Liverpool, Fulham and Crystal Palace.
That means all three teams could leapfrog them if the Londoners lose to Newcastle on Saturday.
But on the other hand, Chelsea performed very well in Europe .
Having secured a place in the Champions League knockout stages in 2023.
Where they will play against Dortmund in the round of 16.
Squads and injured footballers
Lineup: Pope; Trippier, Schar, Bothman, Byrne; S. Longstaff, Guimarães, Wheelock; Joelinton, Wilson, Almiron
Injured: Isaac, Fraser, Ritchie, Kraft, Dummett
Lineup: Mehndi; Azpilicueta, Chaloba, T. Silva, Cucurella; Loftus-Cheek, Kovacic; Sterling, Havertz, Mount; Aubameyang
Injuries : Kante, Fofana, Chilwell, James, Arrizabalaga, Jorginho (questionable)
Ranking and Form in the Premier League
|2. Manchester City||13||10||2||1||39:12||32||WWWLW|
|5. Manchester Utd||13||7||2||4||18:19||23||LWDWD|
|9. KGO Fulham||5||4||5||23:24||19||LDWWD|
|10. Crystal Palace||13||5||4||4||15:17||19||WWLWD|
|AVFC 13. Aston Villa||14||4||3||7||14:21||15||WLWLL|
|15. West Ham||14||4||2||8||12:15||14||LLWLD|