Mark Lawrenson has cast his eye over Chelsea v Newcastle on Saturday teatime.
if Newcastle won then they would be just three points behind Chelsea and the blues would be most definitely then have been dragged onto the outskirts of the relegation fight…
However, Mark Lawrenson thinks that despite Hiddink not finding ‘a miracle cure’ for all of ‘the problems he inherited’, the home side will be still too strong for United.
Lawrenson points out Hiddink’s unbeaten run since arriving for his second spell and with five wins and six draws they are looking very hard to beat once again, especially when you take into account that Mourinho lost 12 of his 26 games in charge this season.
In fact in his two spells at Chelsea, Hiddink has only lost one of 32 matches, so little wonder Mark Lawrenson is forecasting a 2-0 win for the blues.
Newcastle’s away record is dismal and you feel that they’ll have to significantly add to their feeble six goal away total if they are to trouble Hiddink’s statistics.
Most fans will simply look to a spirited and enterprising (attacking…within reason) performance to suggest that the team are now on the right track, with any point(s) a very big bonus.
Mark Lawrenson talking to BBC Sport:
“Chelsea’s interim boss Guus Hiddink is now unbeaten in 10 (ED: it’s actually 11) games since taking charge before Christmas and I do not see that record as being in danger here.
“Hiddink has steadied the ship but he has not found a miracle cure to the problems he inherited.
“The Blues are just not as good as they were last season in every area, but they will still be too strong for Newcastle.”