Paul Merson has made a confident prediction that Chelsea will secure a 3-0 away victory to maintain their spot at the top of the pile.
The Blues make the long trip to St James’ Park this Saturday afternoon to face 19th-placed Newcastle.
Chelsea side are top of the division right now after overcoming a difficult run of fixtures. They have accumulated 22 points from nine league matches to sit top of the pile.
In contrast, Newcastle are yet to win this campaign and have just four points from their nine games. Interim manager Graeme Jones is currently preparing the Toon for this weekend’s fixture, amid all the paper talk of who the next permanent boss will be.
Paul Merson said: "I worry for Newcastle. Nothing’s changed for them – they don’t have a manager, they’re in a relegation battle, and I don’t know what’s going on. They got absolutely ripped by Crystal Palace last week and they were lucky that Benteke didn’t have his shooting boots on. It’s all right to come in with all this money, but you need to have a plan. They’ve sacked Steve Bruce and they’re going into tough Premier League games without a manager. I can’t believe what I’m seeing at the moment.
"Chelsea have rested most of their players this week. They made loads of changes in the Carabao Cup, and I don’t think they can be stopped this weekend. Newcastle United are an absolute disaster at the moment, and I don’t see anything but a Chelsea win here."