BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson has given his weekly predictions for the Premier League fixtures this weekend. Mark has Chelsea defeating Newcastle 2-0 at Stamford Bridge. Here is his prediction in full.
Newcastle’s win over Manchester United was such a good day for Magpies manager Steve Bruce, the Longstaff brothers, the fans – everyone at the club.
It is going to be hard for them to build on that victory against Chelsea, though. The Blues have won their past four games, and it looks like they have turned the corner.
For some reason, we are quite confident that Newcastle will do well against Chelsea on Saturday. While Chelsea have won their last four matches in all competitions, they are coming off of an international break in which two players, Andreas Christensen and N’Golo Kante, have suffered injuries.
Chelsea also had 11 regulars playing for their respective countries during the break, while Newcastle only had a handful. Due to that, we are hoping the lads will be well prepared to face Chelsea.
Newcastle may also be able to channel the momentum from the ‘good day,’ as Lawrenson puts it, and carry that into the weekend. Jamaal Lascelles certainly seems to think the lads are still confident after the Manchester United performance. He said earlier that he fancies Newcastle’s chances.
We also think Newcastle stand a good chance to get a result on Saturday. It’ll be a tough one, no doubt, but Newcastle tend to be up for these types of fixtures.
This article was originally posted here