Chelsea should see off Newcastle and pile more pressure on McClaren

Newcastle manager Steve McClaren is a man under pressure and Chelsea can pile more misery on him – the Blues are 8/13 favourites with BetVictor to win today’s game, with Newcastle 5s and the draw 3s.

Chelsea continued their excellent record against London rivals Arsenal by beating Arsene Wenger’s side 2-0 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday and have been cut to 13/2 (from 12s) with BetVictor to successfully defend their Premier League crown this season.

They narrowed the gap on Manchester City to eight points and, with Manuel Pellegrini’s side far from certain of three points at Tottenham, Chelsea could have an excellent opportunity to shorten the gap further.

The natives are restless in Newcastle and Jose Mourinho will be imploring his team to get on the front foot early, with the Magpies having taken just two points from losing positions in 2015.

Chelsea are 8/5 to be leading at both half-time and full-time in the double-result market, and although the ‘win and both teams to score’ bet continues to grow in popularity and is sure to appeal to punters for Chelsea to do likewise at 12/5, they look excellent value at 9/5 without conceding.

Diego Costa starts a three-game ban, which should see Loic Remy or Radamel Falcao get the nod to start up front.

Falcao looks the more likely and is the 5/1 favourite with BetVictor to open the scoring at St James’ Park, 7/5 to net anytime and 12/1 to be named man of the match.

Eden Hazard heads the market to be named man of the match, but is the 6/1 a shade on the skinny side?

The Belgian boasts a tremendous record against Newcastle, netting four goals since his arrival from Lille, including netting a hat-trick in the Blues’ 3-0 win over the Magpies at the Bridge 18 months ago.

With confidence restored after last week’s first league goal of the season, Hazard appeals at 6/1 to score the first goal and 23/10 to net anytime in a Chelsea win.

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