Saturday’s Premier League concludes at Stamford Bridge where Chelsea host Newcastle United.
The Blues took seven points from the three league games leading up to their FA Cup victory over Nottingham Forest last weekend, leaving them in fourth place – ten points behind leaders Liverpool.
However, they go in to this game on the back of a defeat having lost to Tottenham Hotspur in the first round of their League Cup semi-final tie at Wembley on Tuesday evening.
Alvaro Morata missed that game with a hamstring problem and remains a doubt while Rueben Loftus Cheek is definitely out with a back problem.
Eden Hazard is favourite to get the first goal of the game at 4.0 (3/1) with several firms ahead of 7.0 (6/1) chance Pedro.
The home win is widely available at 1.22 (2/9) with the visitors as highly priced as the 17.0 (16/1) on offer from a number of bookmakers. The draw can be backed at 7.0 (6/1).
Rafa Benitez’s side, who extended their winless run to five games with a 1-1 draw with second tier Blackburn Rovers in their FA Cup tie.
The two points they have taken from their last four league games sees them just two clear of the bottom three, and they could well have slipped below the dotted line by the time this kicks off with Southampton, Cardiff City and Burnley all playing earlier in the day.
Kenedy will not feature as he is ineligible to face his parent club, while Jonjo Shelvey, Paul Dummet and Karl Darlow are all out injured though fit-again Federico Fernandez and Ciaran Clark could feature.
The Blues won the reverse fixture 2-1 at St James’s Park back in August, and last season’s corresponding fixture by three goals to nil though Newcastle ran out 3-0 winners at home on the final day of last term.
You can bet on there being three or more goals this time around at a price of 1.67 (4/6).