Harry Redknapp predicts what will happen at Chelsea v Newcastle United
Harry Redknapp has been looking ahead to this afternoon’s game at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea could go as high as second with three points, whilst Newcastle need a win to make sure they aren’t back in the relegation zone after the weekend.
The two managers had different messages when giving injury/fitness updates on Friday.
Yesterday morning, Steve Bruce confirmed he was close to having a fully fit squad and that only two players are ruled out through injury/fitness issues, Florian Lejeune and Matt Ritchie.
Isaac Hayden missing out as well of course through serving the second match of his three game ban.
On Friday afternoon though, Frank Lampard revealed that star midfielder Kante was ruled out with a ‘small’ groin injury.
In addition, Christensen is out for two weeks with a hamstring injury after picking up an injury on international duty.
Whilst Rudiger is now training outside with the physios but not in contention for Newcastle.
Kovacic though has been in training and is now back in contention, whilst Lampard confirmed that Barkley is fit to play if selected.
Harry Redknapp says that Newcastle ‘dug deep’ for the win over Man Utd and they ‘lack the consistency to build momentum.’
In contrast, as Redknapp points out, Chelsea are in great form having lost only to Liverpool in the Premier League since the opening day of the season and apart from that loss to the scousers, haven’t dropped any points since August.
Despite the injuries Harry Redknapp points to the depth of Chelsea’s squad and difficult to argue when you see the likes of Ross Barkley playing for England, yet he is usually on the bench for the blues.
No surprise that he predicts a win for the home side, so here’s hoping Newcastle can indeed prove him wrong and find some consistency…and goals!
Harry Redknapp speaking to BetVictor:
“Chelsea were enjoying a rich vein of form before the break with three Premier League wins from four and their only loss was against the table toppers.
“Their attacking football and introduction of exciting young players has pleased the Stamford Bridge followers and they will expect three more points when Newcastle visit the capital.
“United have dug deep to record narrow wins against Tottenham and Manchester United but lack the consistency to build momentum.
“Despite having players still in the treatment room, Chelsea have shown they now have a deep squad and with confidence ever so high, there is no reason to desert them.”
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