Premier League Preview: Newcastle United vs. Chelsea

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  • Blues 0-3 in last three at St. James Park
  • Chelsea leads all-time: 66W-39D-52L
  • Magpies in 19th, Chelsea in 15th

Neither Newcastle nor Chelsea expected to be in the lower half of the table when this season began, but both have faced their fair share of on-field misery through six matches of the season (Watch live at 12:30 p.m. ET Saturday on NBCSN and online via Live Extra).

The reigning champion Blues have just 7 points through six matches, and have watched a week that saw their star striker reviled and suspended for unsportsmanlike work against rival Arsenal, while their manager is under fire for reported sexist comments that led to the resignation of respected Dr. Eva Carneiro.

While Costa and Mouriho feel the heat for sure, it may be tame compared to Steve McClaren’s managerial chair at Newcastle.

Fans wanted anyone but John Carver after wanting anyone but Alan Pardew, but McClaren has a single win as Magpies’ boss. That victory was in the League Cup against Northampton Town, and Newcastle bombed out of the competition in embarrassing fashion with a listless 1-0 loss to Sheffield Wednesday on Wednesday (Alas, how could they beat them on their day?).

What they’re saying

Newcastle managing director Lee Charnley in a letter to fans — “Whilst we are all unhappy, we must not panic or make rash decisions. We should not forget we are still relatively early into the season with lots of games to go and points to play for. Whilst you may be tired of hearing this, I believe, as we have said from the start, all of this rebuilding and reshaping isn’t something that can happen overnight; it will take time to see the benefit of the changes we made during the summer.”

Mourinho on how will fill in for Diego Costa — “I don’t know, I could tell you I know but I don’t. I have to keep analysing the opponent, I have to try to know more about them, who is playing, who is not playing, who is injured, who plays with Coloccini in central defence? Mbemba, Williamson or another one? I have to try to know a bit more to make my decision. All of them are good players, we have good strikers.”

Prediction

If probability can be believed, Chelsea is due to unload on the Magpies at SJP. Are you willing to bet against the Blues for a fourth-straight year? Whether Radamel Falcao, Loic Remy or some bizarre Mourinho outlier, we’ll peg that guy for a brace. If not, then Eden Hazard for three. Chelsea, 4-1.