Newcastle United and Chelsea meet at St. James’ Park, in a match for the 9th round of the Premier League. In this stadium, the history of direct confrontations is favorable to the home team, which registers 2 wins and 1 loss in the last 3 games. In fact, the last time these two teams played a match at this stadium was on 18‑01‑2020, in a Premier League match that ended with Newcastle United winning by (1‑0). The only goal of the match was scored by I. Hayden (90 ‘). In this match, the home factor may be decisive, as Chelsea present considerable differences in their results at home and as a visitor.
After 3 wins, 2 draws and 3 losses, the home team is currently in 13th position, with 11 points won. In their last match, they lost in an away match against Southampton by (2‑0), after having won (2‑1) at home in the previous match, against Everton. This is a team that presents similar results at home and away, so it is not usually affected by the home factor, since in the last 30 games it has recorded 5 wins, 4 draws and 6 losses as a visitor; against 6 victories, 3 draws and 6 defeats in his stadium. For the championship, Newcastle United won 6 points out of 12 possible, after 2 wins and 2 losses in the last 4 games they played in their stadium. The team allowed goals to the opponent in 7 of the last 8 matches, so they have not presented great defensive strength, but their attack has scored regularly, since they have scored goals in 6 of the last 8 matches for this competition. In 8 games in this competition, he never got the comeback in the 4 games in which he suffered the first goal. In the last 6 home matches for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: they have conceded 5 of their 9 goals between minutes (76’ ‑ 90 ‘).
Newcastle come to this game unmotivated, after a 2-0 defeat at Southampton. The home team usually acts in a traditional 5-3-2, favoring a slower style of play, progressing on the ground mainly through the central zone. In this tactical scheme, the two men responsible for launching the panic in the opponent’s area are Callum Wilson and Allan Saint-Maximin. One of the great qualities of the house formation is the way it approaches aerial duels. Coach Steve Bruce is expected to have three injured players for this round: Ryan Fraser, Matt Ritchie and Martin Dubravka.
The visiting team is currently in the 5th position, with 15 points won, after 4 victories, 3 draws and 1 defeat. In the penultimate match, they won away against Burnley by (0‑3). In the last match, they won at home against Sheffield United by (4‑1). This is a stronger team with the support of its fans, since in the last 30 games it has registered 6 victories, 4 draws and 5 defeats as a visitor, with 29 goals scored and 26 suffered; against 11 victories, 2 draws and 2 defeats in his stadium, with 36 goals scored and 11 suffered. In their last 4 away matches for the championship, Chelsea has recorded 2 wins and 2 draws, for which they have won 8 points out of 12 possible.
For this competition, they have not lost any of the last 4 away matches. His attack has scored regularly, as he has scored goals in 6 of the last 8 matches for this competition. In their home matches there is a tendency for goals, as 43 of the last 62 matches have ended with Over 2,5 goals. In the last 20 home matches for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: they have scored 13 of their 37 goals between minutes (61’ ‑ 75 ‘).
Chelsea come to this day motivated, after a 4×1 win at home over Sheffield United: Abraham, Chilwell, Thiago Silva and Werner scored the winning goals. The visiting team generally operates in a tactical system at 4-3-3, favoring quick transitions, mainly through the flanks, and the three most advanced men are Werner, Abraham and Ziyech. One of the great strengths of Chelsea is the way its players manage to regain possession. Coach Frank Lampard shouldn’t be able to count on Charly Musonda Jr. and Kai Havertz turned over to the medical department.