Chelsea’s 4-1 league victory at Southampton before the international break made it four wins from four in all competitions for Frank Lampard, equalling his longest win streak as a manager.
The former midfielder also achieved the same feat at Derby this time last year.
A league win against Brighton followed the 7-1 thumping of League Two side Grimsby in the Carabao Cup Third Round, with an away Champions League victory at Lille preceding the latest league win at St Mary’s for Lampard’s side.
Wharetheodds.co.uk spokesman Callum Dunn commented:
Its clear that Chelsea have definitely turned a corner, and with Tammy Abraham banging in the goals its difficult to see past a home win at Stamford Bridge – do Chelsea provide any value at 1/3 though? Newcastle will be buoyed by their win over Manchester Utd. Perhaps its one for the accumulator.
He now has the chance to make it five in a row when they host Newcastle on Saturday afternoon. The home side are favourites to win at 3/10.
Newcastle, however, will be looking to cause another major upset after overcoming Manchester United last time out. They are 9/1 to take all three points at Stamford Bridge, with a draw coming in at 9/2.
Chelsea head into the fixture sitting fifth in the Premier League after four wins, two draws and two losses.
Steve Bruce’s side are struggling in 16th – a point above the relegation zone – after just two victories, along with two draws and four losses this season.
Both league meetings between the two sides ended 2-1 in Chelsea’s favour last season.
It’s 17/2 for another repeat of that scoreline this time around, with odds of 19/20 for both teams to score. Chelsea and over 2.5 goals comes in at 4/5.
Lampard’s side are the third top scorers for the current Premier League campaign, unsurprisingly behind Man City and Liverpool. They have scored in every game since the opening day drubbing at Old Trafford where they lost 4-0.
Moreover, with three goals at Norwich, five at Wolves and four at Southampton – all teams around Newcastle in the bottom half of the table – more goals can be expected for the Stamford Bridge outfit.
But while Lampard’s men have been scoring goals for fun of late, their defensive form has been a concern. Only Watford, Norwich and Southampton are worse off than the Blues in terms of goals conceded this season.
They’ve conceded in every game in all competitions this season apart from the 2-0 home win over Brighton, so goals are almost guaranteed. And if Newcastle can somehow pull off another shock, they’re 14/1 to come out on top in a game with over 2.5 goals.
And if Steve Bruce’s men are to recreate that victory over the Red Devils exactly and edge past Chelsea 1-0, it’s available at 25/1.
Tammy Abraham has eight league goals this season. He’s 11/4 to score the opener on Saturday.
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