Kick-off: Saturday, January 12, 2019. 17:30 GMT
Venue: Stamford Bridge
The Premier League resumes with Match Day 22, and Chelsea will be at home to Newcastle United.
Newcastle are 15th on the table, and just two points above the drop, while Chelsea are 4th, and Blues boss Maurizio Sarri will be looking for a win to consolidate on a Champions League spot.
The reverse fixture at St James Park ended with a Chelsea victory as Sarri’s side won the game 2-1 against a very defensive Newcastle side.
In the last six league meetings between the two sides, Chelsea have won four, Newcastle won one and one ended in a draw.
Chelsea’s last league game ended in a stalemate against Southampton. In Chelsea’s last six league games, the Blues have won four of those games including a 2-0 win against Manchester City, lost to Leicester City just after that game and then played a goalless draw with Southampton.
Newcastle have only won one of their last six league games, losing three and drawing two. Their losses include a 4-0 defeat and 2-0 defeat to Chelsea’s rivals Liverpool and Arsenal respectively.
Chelsea have won the last six times they have hosted Newcastle in all competitions. However, Sarri will be confirmed with Chelsea’s home form as the Blues have taken just one point from their last two home league games and failed to score in either of those matches.
Eden Hazard will be a threat to the Magpies and has scored six goals in five Premier League appearances at Stamford Bridge against Newcastle.
Newcastle are in really bad shape at the moment having scored just four goals in their last eight Premier League games.
Newcastle are winless in 12 away league games against the top-six sides, losing the last nine in a row.
Former Newcastle striker Michael Owen sees Chelsea winning this game 2-0.
The BetVictor brand ambassador said: “Chelsea have scored 18 times in their last six home league games with Newcastle who have only scored twice in reply.
“The Blues have failed to score in their last two home league games, but I just can’t see United keeping the hosts at arm’s length. The Magpies continue to struggle for goals – just four in their last 8 league games – and I expect the hosts to win a low-scoring affair.”
One player who has done well in Chelsea’s last game is Callum Hudson-Odoi, with the youngster having started the Blues’ last game and was impressive.
The 18-year-old is a transfer target for Bayern Munich, and Blues fans will be hoping to see him in action against Newcastle.
Should Sarri give him a third consecutive appearance?
Sarri said about the youngster’s fitness: “Callum recovered very well from the first match, yesterday he was a little bit tired but I think that’s normal for the first time in the season when you play two matches in three days. I want to see today the level of recovery.”