Premier League Betting: Chelsea v Newcastle - Fan v Fan Preview



Chelsea perspective: Andy Seaby, Chelsea Daft.

Chelsea take on Newcastle at Stamford Bridge, hoping to avenge the 2-0 defeat inflicted on us last season. With that night still fresh in their minds, our players should have extra motivation to build on our 100% start so far this season.
 
Newcastle will pose Chelsea plenty of problems, so Roberto Di Matteo will have been working on our defensive shape in the build-up to this game. At the other end, though, Chelsea's attacking play is getting better and better, with Eden Hazard proving to be the star of the show; the Blues have scored six goals so far and Hazard has had a hand in five of them. Roberto Di Matteo will be keen for his other attacking midfielders to chip in, and will expect more from the the likes of Juan Mata, Ramires and Oscar.
 
Fernando Torres is up and running after his goal against Reading and will be looking to kick on. If Chelsea can get their heads up more often to see Torres' runs, the Spaniard could have a major influence in this one.
 
Marko Marin is still out injured and John Terry could also miss out. David Luiz is fit to return after missing out against Reading on Wednesday. 

Chelsea's attacking options up front and on the bench could prove to be decisive. I think we'll win this with a brace from Torres.
 
Prediction: Chelsea 2-0 Newcastle.

Chelsea to win at 1.50, Chelsea 2-0 at 8.00, Fernando Torres to score two or more at 5.50.
 
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Newcastle perspective: Mark Jensen, The Mag.

The Premier League is a mad world. You kid yourself that the Euros and the Olympics are some kind of competition and then only a week into the new season your head is already spinning. Liverpool, Spurs (hoorah!) and Manchester United have already tasted defeat, while Manchester City and Chelsea were tested by promoted clubs.

Alan Pardew pulled a fast one last week, leading everybody to believe Hatem Ben Arfa wouldn't be involved, only for the Frenchman to score the winner against Tottenham.

This weekend we face the second leg of a very difficult double header to start the league season. Four points would be an excellent return and I believe Newcastle are well capable of winning a point at Stamford Bridge.

United safely navigated Thursday night's Europa League match despite making nine changes. Although Papiss Cisse played almost a full match in Athens, I can't see any way he wonít start against Chelsea, especially given his masterful double at Stamford Bridge last season. Our fingers are crossed that inspirational captain Fabricio Coloccini will be fit to return, as he and Steven Taylor made such a solid pairing last season until injury intervened.

While Chelsea have hit the ground running, Reading showed that there are question marks over their defence if you have the strikers. We certainly possess great forwards, and if the defence sticks together we can take a point back to Tyneside.

Prediction: Chelsea 1-1 Newcastle.

The draw at 4.25, both teams to score at 1.72, under 2.5 goals at 2.10.

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