Chelsea will be firm favorites on Saturday to defeat a struggling Newcastle United side, at Stamford Bridge.
Joe Kinnear – will go for it in London on Saturday
Since we are not really expecting any points out of this game, it also means that Newcastle have absolutely nothing to lose, and should go all out and try to upset the odds in London on Saturday. Stranger things have happened.
Chelsea beat Sunderland 5-0 in their last League game in front of their home fans, and earlier in the season they took Middlesbrough apart at The Riverside Stadium, also by a score of 5-0.
The latest betting on the game is that the London side are 5-1 on to win the game, so it looks like we have got them exactly where we want them. 😀
But we hope that Joe Kinnear will take up the challenge at the Bridge, and try to get a result, and not simply go into the game to defend, and try to hold the score down.
Joe talked to the Evening Chronicle today:
“Stamford Bridge has always been a bit of a lucky ground for me, as a player and manager.” “As you would have expected when I was with Spurs we often used to win at Chelsea.”
“And I can remember winning there 4-2 as a manager with Wimbledon, and it has been quite a good place for me.”
“Unless I’ve got it badly wrong, I’d assume you wouldn’t have to gee your team up to play Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.”
It’s also a good time to start Michael Owen, because if we do get any chances, it will be important to put them away, and Owen is our best player at doing just that, as he showed last weekend.
We’d also like to see a starting position for young Frenchman Charles N’Zogbia, either on the left wing or at left back. With the poor performance of the team over the last two games, surely Charles has earned a chance to start this game.