Chelsea vs. Newcastle, Team news, Prediction, Odds, How to watch, Live stream TV channels

Chelsea hosts Newcastle in the League Cup quarterfinals at Stamford Bridge, as both teams battle injuries and form.

A chance to advance to the competition’s final four is on the line, and with both teams suffering for outcomes in past events, this is a chance for some measure of atonement.

Newcastle were eliminated from Europe in tragic way, finishing last in their brutally difficult Champions League group while dealing with an almost laughable injury list that grows with each match. Eddie Howe has had to work with a wounded and broken side that is missing vital players at every position, and it has taken its toll on the pitch.

Chelsea, meantime, have struggled in Mauricio Pochettino’s debut season with a patchwork group that appears to be far from finished, despite Todd Boehly’s outrageous purchasing binge. Injuries have also plagued the Blues, making it tough to comprehend an already weirdly formed teamsheet.

Chelsea team news, injuries

The Blues could finally see Christopher Nkunku return to the pitch, as Pochettino says the star striker has about 20 minutes in his legs.

OUT: Ben Chilwell (hamstring), Wesley Fofana (torn ACL), Carney Chukwuemeka (knee), Trevoh Chalobah (thigh), Lesley Ukochukwu (minor injury), Reece James (thigh), Robert Sanchez (knee), Marc Cucurella (ankle), Romeo Lavia (ankle). | QUESTIONABLE: Malo Gusto (undisclosed), Noni Madueke (minor injury).

Newcastle team news, injuries

There are still loads of injuries and absences for Newcastle, as Fabian Schar and Joelinton have joined the wounded just as Callum Wilson and Sven Botman have returned to the fold.

OUT: Sandro Tonali (suspension), Nick Pope (shoulder), Harvey Barnes (foot), Matt Targett (thigh), Jacob Murphy (shoulder), Elliot Anderson (back), Javi Manquillo (groin), Joe Willock (achilles). QUESTIONABLE: Kieran Trippier (fitness), Alexander Isak (groin), Fabian Schar (buttocks), Joelinton (thigh).

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Chelsea vs Newcastle prediction, odds

  • Moneyline lean: Draw (+300)
  • Score prediction: Chelsea 2-2 Newcastle
  • To qualify: Chelsea to advance (-220)

This game might go any way, but as we showed against Fulham, Newcastle can cause problems for any poor team, regardless of their injuries. Howe’s team has a surprising depth, and even if it is being challenged, the fact that they can still compete against strong European sides is a little miracle.

While Pochettino may be tempted to start his starters, Howe will most likely use youth players. Nonetheless, this Chelsea team contains faults that Newcastle might exploit. Chelsea are worthy favourites given their more likely deployment of first-team players, but the value on a Magpies win on the road is simply too excellent to pass up, even if they ultimately fall short in a penalty shootout.

Chelsea vs Newcastle match facts

  • Date: Tuesday, December 19
  • Kickoff Time: 8 p.m. local (3 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. PT)
  • Location: Stamford Bridge (London, England)
  • Official: Jarred Gillett
  • Last meeting: Newcastle 4-1 Chelsea (Nov. 25, 2023 | Premier League)

Chelsea vs Newcastle: best bet

While Chelsea Pochettino can afford to rest his starters more than his opponent, he may be tempted to make some defensive changes. Thiago Silva is 39 years old and a great candidate for rest, and the Chelsea defence appears significantly weaker without him. With R.Sanchez out and the rest of the defence corps being young, there’s reason to believe Newcastle can score.

Chelsea, on the other hand, might benefit greatly from the return of Christopher Nkunku, a much-needed replacement for a struggling Jackson. With Broja perhaps having an opportunity to shine and Newcastle’s defence afflicted by several ailments, this match should see goals at both ends.

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While Raheem Sterling has had a disappointing season overall, he has been more consistent than most other Chelsea forwards. Sterling had a productive November, and while things have slowed down in December, he’s still in a terrific position to find the net here.

Sterling scored in his most recent EFL Cup appearance, a 90-minute effort in a 2-0 win against Blackburn, and with Newcastle’s problems and the possibility of deploying a few second-choice players, he might find a plethora of chances.

While Raheem Sterling has had a disappointing season overall, he has been more consistent than most other Chelsea forwards. Sterling had a productive November, and while things have slowed down in December, he’s still in a terrific position to find the net here.

Sterling scored in his most recent EFL Cup appearance, a 90-minute effort in a 2-0 win against Blackburn, and with Newcastle’s problems and the possibility of deploying a few second-choice players, he might find a plethora of chances.

Chelsea vs Newcastle live stream, TV channel

  • TV Channel: —
  • Streaming: ESPN+

Chelsea versus Newcastle from Stamford Bridge will be broadcast exclusive on ESPN’s premium streaming platform ESPN+ in the United States.

ESPN has the rights to the entirety of the 2023/24 Carabao Cup, placing all games on ESPN+ with only select matches chosen for broadcast on television.

For UK viewers, Sky Sports is the place to watch coverage of the game.


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