Chelsea vs Newcastle United Tips
Frank Lampard’s unsuccessful second stint in charge of Chelsea comes to an end on Sunday.
A lap of honour in front of the Stamford Bridge faithful will have little optimism, other than the relief that this brutal season is over.
Newcastle have secured their place in the Champions League for next season. Eddie Howe has done an exceptional job at the club, and they will be keen to finish this football betting season on a high.
Praise has been flying in for Howe from all angles. Words like ‘genius’ have been thrown about. He is a St James’ Park legend already, having plucked them from relegation candidates and taken them to the top four.
This squad is much improved by the investment, but it is still a phenomenal turn around. Howe admitted this wasn’t their goal when the season began.
"[Our expectation this term] certainly wasn't top four. I think you always hope, you always believe and you have to dream.
"But we didn't feel that we were ready for that. After last season's battle with relegation it was whether we could consolidate and become a better team.
"To not have that flirtation with relegation and try to give it a go, it's just been incredible."
This weekend, Newcastle have a great opportunity to secure their 20th win of the campaign. Only Manchester City have lost fewer games. No team has conceded fewer goals.
Howe was known for entertaining football previously, but he has brought toughness and defensive solidity to Newcastle, making them an incredibly hard team to beat.
Chelsea, in contrast, are a shambles. Lampard is without several important players, and a good portion of this squad will be leaving over the summer.
A woeful season is set to end with another defeat. Take the Magpies to win at 7/5.
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The Blues are in a state of transition both at boardroom level and with the first-team squad, making them an interesting betting prospect this season.
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Chelsea Outright Betting 2022-23
The Todd Boehly era has started off with a string of high-profile transfer pursuits. For all their activity (some successful, some not) in the transfer market, Chelsea outright betting looks very similar to how it did at the beginning of the window.
The Blues are neck-and-neck with Tottenham in Premier League winner odds, and sit at 4/6 to finish in the top four.
Thomas Tuchel’s side are 12/1 to lift the Champions League, a slightly shorter price than Barcelona but behind Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, PSG, Liverpool and Manchester City.
They get some love in EFL Cup and FA Cup outright markets, with bookmakers clearly appreciating Tuchel’s record of reaching finals. Chelsea were runners-up in both domestic cups last season.
Player outright betting is pretty quiet for the Blues. New signing Raheem Sterling is their Golden Boot favourite, but even he’s way out at 33/1. Sterling at 20/1 and Mason Mount at 25/1 are Chelsea’s leading candidates in PFA Player of the Year betting.
Callum Hudson-Odoi is the top Chelsea name for Young Player of the Year, but there’s no value on the England international at 20s. His future at the club remains uncertain and he’s fallen out of favour under Tuchel.
One market to keep an eye on is the first Premier League manager to be sacked. Some have speculated that Tuchel could be out the door if Chelsea start slowly under their demanding new owners.
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