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- Newcastle have lost 18 of their last 25 visits to Chelsea
- Chelsea have kept four clean sheets in five under Thomas Tuchel
- Newcastle are without Callum Wilson, who has scored 40% of their league goals
- The Magpies have lost their last seven visits to Stamford Bridge, scoring just three goals
Dose of the Blues for Bruce
Newcastle’s recent struggles have been eased with victories over Everton and Southampton, but those were two favourable fixtures for the Magpies. Bruce’s men have lost 10 of their last 14 outings and they’re outsiders at Stamford Bridge.
The Bridge has rarely been welcoming to Newcastle, given that Chelsea have only lost one of their 25 home Premier League games against the Magpies (W18 D6), a 2-0 defeat almost nine years ago.
Chelsea picked up another victory under new boss Thomas Tuchel on Thursday, although their much-changed side didn’t impress against Barnsley. Despite that, they held firm and picked up another clean sheet in a 1-0 win.
The Blues have conceded just one goal in their four league games under Tuchel, while they’ve faced on average just five shots per game under the German, compared to 10.1 under Frank Lampard in the league this term. With Chelsea now tightened up, Newcastle’s task is even tougher.
Bruce to feel Wilson absence
Newcastle haven’t enjoyed the best season, but a real positive has been the displays of Callum Wilson as their new frontman. However, Bruce will have to deal without the former Bournemouth striker after he picked up an injury last weekend.
Wilson has scored 40% of Newcastle’s goals this season so we expect Chelsea to keep them quiet. Newcastle have lost their last seven away league games against Chelsea, scoring just three goals and conceding 18 and this clash looks set to go the same way.
We’re backing Chelsea to win to nil in our predictions here as Tuchel looks to add to a strong start. Meanwhile, a 2-0 victory for the Blues is our correct-score prediction.
Chelsea injuries and team news
Chelsea remain without Thiago Silva and Kai Havertz. It’s hard to predict who rotation-friendly Thomas Tuchel will select for this one.
Newcastle injuries and team news
The Magpies are without five players for this one, including Callum Wilson.
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