Newcastle v Chelsea Betting Tips September 26th 2015
Tip #1: Back Chelsea to Win @ 1.66 with bet365.com
Tip #2: Back Under 2.5 Goals @ 2.00 with bet365.com
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Newcastle v Chelsea Betting Tips: Match Preview
After years of subdued activity in the transfer windows, Newcastle United chairman Mike Ashley astonished everyone by spending £49.5 million on players for new manager Steve McClaren in the summer. Despite winning an Eredivisie title with FC Twente, McClaren is not as effective as Alan Pardew when it comes to Premier League management.
So, what will £49.5 million do for you under the management of Steve McClaren? Well, you will at least be positioned ahead of local rivals Sunderland. Although level on two points, the Magpies are an entire goal ahead on goal difference. Of course, this is scant consolation when your team is in 19th place after taking only two points out of 18.
Newcastle’s latest disappointment came in the form of a 2-1 home defeat to newly promoted Watford. The Magpies retained 58% possession, but were downright impotent at creating goal-scoring opportunities than Watford. Goal-scoring is the problem for this team, as they have only managed to net three in six games.
With talents like Tim Krul, Daryl Janmaat, Jack Colback, Georginio Wijnaldum, Moussa Sissoko, and Papiss Cissé in your first XI, the blame has to be directed toward the manager. McClaren is a Championship manager at best, which is clear from his summer sacking by Derby County and current performances.
A 3-1 league defeat against Everton forced José Mourinho and his players to bunker down in a bid to return to form. Fortunately, they had a relatively easy Champions League encounter in which they were able to beat Israeli side Maccabi Tel Aviv 4-0. This set the Blues up to then dash the hopes of Arsenal with a 2-0 victory at Stamford Bridge.
The Arsenal victory is a telling one for the immediate future of this Chelsea team, and this is because John Terry was dropped at centre-back in favour of young deputy Kurt Zouma. Analysts had expected Gary Cahill to drop out of the first XI, but ultimately it was the 34-year-old club captain. With Frank Lampard having departed last summer, it could next be Terry’s turn.
Zouma proved to be instrumental in the victory. Not only did he score the opening goal of their 2-1 victory, but also played a part in ensuring that Arsenal only had two shots on target and kept a clean sheet. The 20-year-old has much development ahead, and mistakes should be expected, but Newcastle’s anaemic attack should be little trouble for him.
At a time when Chelsea’s defence is improving and their midfield is beginning to look potent once again, it is a crushing blow that Diego Costa is currently serving a three-game domestic ban. Without the imposing striker, Chelsea will have to turn to either Radamel Falcao or Loïc Rémy.
Chelsea would have been clear winners with Costa in the team, but now there is greater uncertainty. Nevertheless, they have what it takes to win with a low score-line.