Paul Merson and Chris Sutton release Newcastle vs Chelsea predictions

Paul Merson and Chris Sutton are both expecting Chelsea to leave St James’ Park with a point tomorrow.

The pair predict a 1-1 draw in the 3pm kick-off on Tyneside, with Merson describing this as a ‘huge game’ for both. The Sky Sports pundit feels the Blues are starting to gel under Pochettino after scoring four goals in each of their last two league games, but feels it’s vital they get through the first 30 minutes without conceding.

As for Sutton, the BBC pundit wonders how much will have changed since our 2-0 defeat to Bournemouth two weeks ago, feeling a lot will depend on the players we get back and the fatigue levels within the squad.

Despite their recent improvement, he still describes Chelsea as ‘erratic’ and ‘can’t rely’ on them to play well again after a 4-1 win over Spurs and 4-4 draw with Man City in their last two games. Here’s what both have had to say:

Paul Merson prediction for Sportskeeda:

‘This is going to be another huge game. It’s one of those games where the result will be dictated by the availability of players. If Chelsea can get through the first 30 minutes without getting conceding a goal, this could be an extremely interesting encounter.

Chelsea are starting to adapt to Mauricio Pochettino’s style. They are able to give any side a run for their money at this point. I think Chelsea have to stick with Nicolas Jackson, Raheem Sterling and Cole Palmer in attack. Sterling and Palmer have been in great form and they will be key here once again.

Chelsea’s team, at the moment, is starting to pick itself and it’s a good thing. Earlier, we used to sit around wondering how they were going to line up. But that’s changed now.

Despite all that, Newcastle at home are always up for any challenge and I see this game ending in a draw.’

Prediction: Newcastle United 1-1 Chelsea

Chris Sutton’s prediction for BBC Sport:

Newcastle looked really jaded in their defeat by Bournemouth before the international break. They have got some injured players back in contention, including Alexander Isak, but the question is how fit are they, and how much has changed in two weeks?

It’s a similar story with Chelsea, who could hand Christopher Nkunku his debut but, if that happens, it will probably be off the bench. They are improving, yes, but they are still so erratic, which makes this game almost impossible to call.

There are signs they have turned a corner and they were so impressive at times against Manchester City but you can’t rely on them to play well again here.

To be honest, I feel like giving up when it comes to making predictions about Chelsea games anyway – I get their scores wrong every week, so I am ready to be proved wrong again here.

Prediction: Newcastle 1-1 Chelsea

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