Newcastle - Chelsea Betting Preview: Expect a high-scoring encounter at St James' Park

The Magpies have been conceding goals at an alarming rate this season and Al Hain-Cole expects plenty of goals when they take on Jose Mourinho's free-scoring outfit
Chelsea have the opportunity to move top of the Premier League when they travel to St. James’ Park to take on Newcastle United in Saturday’s early kick-off.

With Arsenal taking on Liverpool later in the day, Jose Mourinho’s men are 13/20 (1.65) favourites with Betway to lay down a marker with their seventh consecutive competitive victory.

The Magpies are still hurting after last weekend’s defeat in the Tyne-Wear derby and are available at 4/1 (5.00) to bounce back with just their second home win of the league season.

The Blues have drawn two of their four league games on the road this season and you can get odds of 11/4 (3.75) on them coming away with just one point in this one.

While their haul of 12 goals scored exceeds that of Tottenham and Southampton - both of whom are currently sitting in the top five, Alan Pardew’s men have been let down by a defence that has conceded more than all but bottom two sides, Crystal Palace and Sunderland.

This weak backline is sure to be tested against a team in full attacking flow recently, who have scored an average of three goals a game over the last six matches, and a high-scoring encounter seems inevitable.

Over 2.5 goals have been scored both in the hosts’ last six Premier League games and in five of the visitors’ last six in all competitions, meaning odds of 4/5 (1.80) are surely too good to pass up on.

The Newcastle defence should be particularly wary of Eden Hazard, who has hit the ground running with four goals in four games since returning from the ankle injury that kept him out of his side’s Champions League clash with Steaua Bucharest.

The Belgian scored his first ever goal for Chelsea against this opposition last season and offers excellent value at 5/2 (3.50) to hit the back of the net once again this time out.

Over 2.5 goals for a 2pt stake at 4/5 (1.80) with Betway
Eden Hazard to score anytime for a 0.75pt stake at 5/2 (3.50) with Betway

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Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.