Newcastle will travel to face Chelsea on Saturday afternoon after the two-week international break. Both teams come into the match most likely bemoaning the timing of the break.
Newcastle, of course, had the storybook moment against Manchester United in Matty Longstaff’s goal. They would likely have had a buoyant week and could have possibly carried the momentum into the game. That will have dissipated a bit with the two-week break.
Chelsea entered the break having won their last four matches in all competitions, including an impressive 1-4 win at Southampton on the Sunday before the internationals.
Former Newcastle striker and current agitator Michael Owen has made his prediction on the match in BetVictor.
He predicts that Newcastle will lose and this is what he had to say about the match:
Newcastle were outstanding against a poor Manchester United side at St James’ Park in their last game and thoroughly deserved the points, although I think they will do well to keep this exciting young Chelsea side at arm’s length at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea have won their last four games in all competitions and look full of goals at present. Frank Lampard’s side have come a long way in a short space of time since their heavy opening-weekend defeat at Old Trafford.
Chelsea were in superb form going into the break, and it will be interesting to see how the young side react when coming back. Manager Frank Lampard is also in his coaching infancy and has not faced too many of these breaks in his short coaching career.
Their first game back after the last international break saw them winning 2-5 at Wolves. So Frank Lampard had no trouble getting his players focused then.
Newcastle came back from the first international break and had three terrible results on the trot. They played decently in the 3-1 defeat against Liverpool at Anfield though made some critical errors. The next two matches against Brighton and at Leicester City were dreadful.
We will see if Bruce can continue the momentum from the Manchester United victory on Saturday at Stamford Bridge. He so far has had the team put in some good performances against the top six sides. They’ll need to do that against this very talented Chelsea team.