Newcastle United are set to welcome Chelsea to St James' Park on Saturday afternoon, with the Magpies having tasted a rare defeat prior to the international break away to Bournemouth, while the Blues rescued a dramatic draw at home to Manchester City.
Both sides will be hoping to pick up a positive result and continue their push toward the European spots. However, the Newcastle vs Chelsea last five H2Hs weigh firmly in one team's favour, thanks much to the latter's wealth having a longer life before now.
Newcastle vs Chelsea all-time H2H record
Chelsea have largely performed well in recent years when travelling away to Newcastle but with the Magpies now having lofty ambitions of winning trophies and playing regular Champions League football, the task of winning in the North East has become increasingly more difficult over the past two years.
- Newcastle wins: 55
- Draws: 40
- Chelsea wins: 78
The Blues are in a rich vein of form under Mauricio Pochettino, losing just one of their last eight games, while Eddie Howe's side have struggled for consistency during what has been and remains a major injury crisis on Tyneside having failed to win in five of their previous eight matches.
Newcastle vs Chelsea last five H2Hs
Chelsea 2-0 Newcastle – February 15 2021
Then-Blues manager Thomas Tuchel's side recorded a comfortable 2-0 victory thanks to goals from now-former strikers, Timo Werner and Olivier Giroud. This defeat was the Magpies' eighth in a row at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League.
Newcastle 0-3 Chelsea – October 30 2021
This was Chelsea's biggest win at St James' Park since 2011 – when they also recorded a 3-0 victory – and it was thanks to an inspired second-half display from academy graduate Reece James. He netted twice, before a late Jorginho penalty sealed all three points.
Chelsea 1-0 Newcastle – March 13 2022
This was a much closer encounter, with Newcastle feeling they should have had a penalty for a pull on Jacob Murphy. That occurred shortly before eventual game-winner Kai Havertz elbowed defender Dan Burn, but was allowed to remain on the pitch. Havertz used that let-off to spur him on and net an 89th-minute winner.
Newcastle 1-0 Chelsea – November 12 2022
Newcastle edged out a feisty affair in last season's corresponding fixture via a Joe Willock effort from outside the 18-yard box, which sent tempers flying. The win put Newcastle in the top three of the Premier League at Christmas for the first time since 2001, and piled more pressure on then-new Chelsea boss Graham Potter.
Chelsea 1-1 Newcastle – May 28 2023
This was the final game of last season and neither team had anything to play for, with Chelsea well and truly out of any meaningful race and Newcastle had already confirmed their spot inside the top four.
This meant there were plenty of changes from both teams and that resulted in a rather uninspiring 1-1 draw. Anthony Gordon's maiden Newcastle goal put the Magpies ahead, before a Kieran Trippier own goal before the half-hour mark levelled things up.
Newcastle could have up to 13 players out injured – or suspended, in Sandro Tonali's case. But someone who will indeed be available, after missing the loss to Bournemouth, is Bruno Guimaraes. Newcastle have not won a league game when Guimaraes hasn't been starting, so no doubt he's going to be crucial this weekend.
Chelsea look to be hitting some great form at the right time heading into the festive period, so dominating the midfield will be crucial to Newcastle picking up three points. Guimares' tenacious tackling and ability to progress the ball forward with ease is likely how the Magpies can catch Chelsea out on transitions and counter-attacks.
There have been 17 bookings across the previous five games between these two sides, averaging just beneath 3.5 yellow cards a match. With Newcastle tasting defeat last time out and missing a lot of players, the fans and players will likely be doing everything they can to make it a scrappy and feisty game at St James' Park.
So going for over 3.5 bookings and a Newcastle win seems a very sensible option to look at heading into the weekend. Meanwhile, more free betting tips are on offer for matches this weekend.