Graeme Jones saw his Newcastle team battle hard at Selhurst Park last weekend and eventually come away with a point, although the Magpies are still situated in the relegation zone after a poor start to the season. The owners have sacked Steve Bruce and are currently mulling over their options although Jones will hope to make a big impression since being given the caretaker position.

Callum Wilson being back in the team is an enormous boost, with the striker having found the net against Crystal Palace after breaking the deadlock against Tottenham the previous week, with Allan Saint-Maximin someone else who can excite the Toon Army, although they are short of quality when it comes to other positions on the pitch.

The same can’t be said of Chelsea who are looking really strong under Thomas Tuchel, with the Blues putting seven goals past Norwich City last weekend. While the Blues won’t have an easier fixture this term, the performances of Ben Chilwell and Reece James in a wing-back position will have delighted the manager, with the former finding the net on a regular basis.

We are going to back Chelsea to lead at half-time and full-time in this clash, with the Blues not feeling the absence of Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner last week. In Kai Havertz they have someone who can lead the line, with Mateo Kovacic continuing to have an excellent season and this game could quickly drift away from Newcastle.

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