If Newcastle are only ‘close to a crisis’, as Steve McClaren said following the defeat to Sheffield Wednesday, how much worse will the situation get before the real thing arrives?
The 1-0 Capital One Cup reverse came against the Championship side’s second string, don’t forget, and the Magpies sit 19th in the Premier League after collecting just two points.
McClaren’s solitary victory for his new club came against Northampton Town.
It is one of just three in 21 games in a terrible run stretching back to his time at Derby County.
He was booed by the Toon faithful against Wednesday and Mike Ashley must be waking up in cold sweats after an uncharacteristic splurge that made Newcastle the sixth highest net spenders in Europe this summer.
Not a great time to face a resurgent Chelsea, then, even if it is a fixture that Newcastle have done remarkably well in of late.
The Blues have lost each of their last three visits to St James’s Park. But I’m confident that losing run will be over come the final whistle.
Chelsea are 8/13 with Sportingbet to claim a fourth straight win in all competitions – I’ll be backing that outcome and would advise making the away win a staple of any accumulators this weekend.
Spread bettors should buy Chelsea supremacy at 1.15 with Sporting Index.
Chelsea 8/13 (Sportingbet)
Sell Chelsea supremacy 1.15 (Sporting Index)