Chelsea v Newcastle Match Preview With Added Tips
Chelsea v Newcastle United
Wednesday 2 May 2012 7.45pm
Whatever the reasons behind it, Newcastle just didn’t get going. Or rather they did get going but by then there was almost an hour on the clock and Tim Krul had picked the ball out of the net four times.
Alan Pardew claimed that the ‘intensity’ of previous performances was missing and promises that it will be there tonight.
Others claimed that maybe the pressure caught up with those in black & white at Wigan, for the first time in a while the team were in fourth with a massive chance of making a step towards a top four finish…no longer the rank outsiders.
Well we are back to being rank outsiders, as despite showing six wins in our last seven we are ranked way behind the cockney trio in the betting for third/fourth spots.
Di Matteo has clearly got the team playing for him, or at least for themselves! Only one defeat since he took over but taking away the cup matches, his record in the Premier League has seen four wins, three draws and a defeat to Manchester City. Decent form but when he started Chelsea were three points off fourth, now they are one point off – so certainly in terms of the league they haven’t massively turned things around.
It will be anything but an easy task but I think the way Newcastle have been so quickly written off is possibly premature and my evidence your honour….
Newcastle are still the form team over the last seven matches.
Before the Wigan match, Newcastle had only failed to score once (White Hart Lane) in the previous nineteen matches.
Even in such a defeat, Cisse could easily have had a hat-trick, back against him at your peril.
After eight straight defeats at Stanford Bridge, the last three visits have seen two draws and a win.
Before Wigan, the defence had posted four consecutive clean sheets.
We aren’t being cocky but I see no reason to approach this match with any fear, nothing stupid in the first twenty minutes and it will be game on.
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At the time of putting this together the prices on offer for our recommended bets are Newcastle to lead at half-time and full-time (13-1), Newcastle to win 2-1 (23-1) and Hatem Ben Arfa to score a goal any time in the match (5-1), once again all prices better than any other online bookmaker.
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