Mark Lawrenson is following the herd, praising Newcastle for their midweek comeback but still thinking they will get nothing at Stamford Bridge.

He predicted defeat for Newcastle at The Hawthorns and thinks it will be 2-0 to Chelsea on Saturday.

In their last 10 Premier League games, only three times have Chelsea scored more than one goal.

The stats on Wednesday night at Stamford Bridge were 21 v 2 when it came to shots, 10 v 0 for attempts on target, then 15 v 1 on corners, despite their domination Mark Lawrenson says that against Swansea, Chelsea eventually got the win’against a side who defend in numbers’.

Only four times in 14 Premier League matches have Chelsea won by more than one goal, so if Newcastle can get the defending back up to standard then they give themselves a chance.

If Newcastle are to get anything on Saturday then Matt Ritchie is likely to be involved.

Of 13 NUFC goals scored this season he has five assists, including  the two set-pieces against West Brom that led to goals.

If Newcastle can get a decent number of situations around the box then they are always capable of scoring, if they do manage that then it could get interesting, with Chelsea not totally firing despite being third in the league.

Making his predictions alongside Mark Lawrenson for BBC Sport this weekend, comedian Nish Kumar says he was impressed with Newcastle at Old Trafford a fortnight ago and he believes ‘it will be tight’ at Stamford Bridge, though he still thinks Chelsea will win 2-1.

Mark Lawrenson talking to BBC Sport:

“I was impressed by the way Newcastle came from 2-0 down to get a point against West Brom on Tuesday – especially because the Magpies had lost their previous four games.

“Rafa Benitez’s side will feel like they won that game, but following that by getting something at Stamford Bridge will be a huge ask.

“Chelsea did not play well against Swansea on Wednesday but they still got the win in the end, against a side who defend in numbers.

“I think they will do the same on Saturday too.

“Mark Lawrenson Prediction: Chelsea 2 Newcastle 0.”

Comedian Nish Kumar:

“Having watched Newcastle against Manchester United at Old Trafford last weekend, I think they will give a good account of themselves and it will be tight.

“But I still think Chelsea are going to have too much: Chelsea 2 Newcastle 1.”

Chelsea v Newcastle Match Betting:

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NUFC to win2-0 100/1Ciaran Clark to score first goal 50/1Chelsea not to score a goal 8/1

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  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Conte`s bricking it, he rested Hazard the other night because Nufc are going to give them a game & he knows it.
    of course Rafael could chuck the points away by playing Hoss & as the great Jose once said when playing Newcastle.
    “They Parked the bus & the cows were grazing in our half”

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      The Bus was provided by Stagecoach & the Cows by
      Farmer Giles of Nuns Moor
      Pay your Taxes Betvictor

    • Wor Lass

      He wasn`t expecting the game to be switched to the Town Moor!

  • Wor Lass

    So, Graham, we slag Lawro off but the comedian (the intentional one, that is) gets a free ride. To be honest, neither of them has said much different from what most of our own fans would say – or at least feel – about this fixture. We DID do well to come back the other night and Chelsea most likely WILL have too much for us on Saturday. However, we have to hope that the boys will be up for this and that Rafa has knocked the slackness out of them (especially during the last few minutes of the first half). If Farmer Giles`s drovers can get the herd down the A1 in time we might just frustrate Chelsea and even sneak a win. Stranger things have happened – I remember Hosselu scoring once …..