Predicted Newcastle United LineUp vs Chelsea
Odds of an NUFC Win At 14/1 are generous in a two horse race (three including the draw) but you will still find few prepared to take it.
Chelsea have 10 wins and 2 draws in their home Premier League matches so far and it is hard to find any reason to suggest we’ll undermine that record.
It would be a hard enough ask as it is, but with Remy, Coloccini, Gouffran, Cisse and Tiote all expected to be missing, you are looking at two plus two equaling two million and four.
So how could United do it? Well I think for those in black & white to come away with anything, we’ll need to put in the kind of defensive action West Ham put in the other week, though that is a bit like saying we have to put in a performance like that at White Hart Lane, when Tim Krul gave a 10 out of 10 display. Against West Ham, Chelsea had 39 shots to the visitors’ 1, those are not stats to suggest we would get anything the same way.
Can Newcastle provide more of an attacking threat? Well, Luuk De Jong is a bit of a wildcard and as a substitute he could surprise, other than that maybe Ben Arfa will have had a good kick up the backside and got his brain back into gear.
He was as bad as anybody against Sunderland and needs to step it up if we are to have anything to hold onto.
in the absence of alternatives, I can see Marveaux getting an (undeserved) recall as part of a middle three with Anita and Sissoko, the theory being that he can recreate Cabaye’s creativity as part of that midfield triangle. I’m not saying I believe in that theory but looking at alternatives such as Gosling doesn’t exactly inspire.
In these circumstances I would love to see Pardew go brave and bring Mapou into a defensive three and push Santon & Debuchy up as wing-backs, though unfortunately I don’t think that is his style.
Mapou must be worth finding a place in the team ahead of the woeful Marveaux and I would also be tempted to find a space for Haidara, a player with considerably more ability than some of those who are likely to start.
In terms of betting opportunities, surely the best value must be that Newcastle 0-0 at 16/1, West Ham fluked that result ten days ago but at times Chelsea struggle to punish teams with goals their play deserves, so we live in hope.
In terms of outstanding players we have to be looking at Tim Krul to turn in a repeat of his 90 minutes at White Hart Lane on keeping the opposition out, 20/1 any keeper to get highest ratings must be the best bet in terms of top performing player.
If you knew nothing about football and were a form student then you’d see that Newcastle had beaten Chelsea in three of the last four times they met…but reality is that most of the players who could potentially hurt them are not available.
The biggest irony is that Demba Ba would be arguably Newcastle’s biggest asset if he was still at St.James’ Park and yet he will be lucky to make Chelsea’s bench.
That tells you everything about Chelsea…and Newcastle United.
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