Top of the bill from the English Premier League on Saturday comes in the form of Newcastle United vs Chelsea at St James Park. Both teams need the points for different reasons, the blues looking to strengthen their bid for a top-four finish while the locals are desperate to put room between themselves and the danger area.
A Closer Look
How will this match pan out? You can bet on the outcome of the game shown live on Sky Sports from 5.30pm. Predict the winner of the points or play one of the specials available, such as first goalscorer, correct score and total goals. The bookies have Chelsea as favourites and those looking to get their cash down on an away win will find 4/7 available at bet365 against the 9/2 of bet365 on a home win. The draw has been chalked up at 3/1 by the same online betting giant.
Newcastle has endured a poor first half to the season and their stats so far read seven wins, four draws and 10 defeats. They can be found down in 13th in the Premier League but there is plenty of football still to be played and it is still far too early to press the panic button. The team arrive at a crossroads in 2020. Put together a run of wins and they could push for a top-half finish, a few losses pulling them towards the danger zone.
Chelsea is pushing for the prizes and go into the weekend aiming for a top-four finish. They enjoy a bit of an advantage over the chasing pack but haven’t achieved anything yet and will be eager to start the year with a run of form. January is important to their plans for the months ahead.