Newcastle head to Chelsea with morale high after their fantastic win over Manchester United before the international break, and Steve Bruce will be hoping it remains so on Saturday evening.

It will not be an easy task to get anything from the game this weekend, with Frank Lampard finding his feet at Stamford Bridge, and seeing his side win their last four games.

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But Newcastle will arrive in London confident of repeating their Tottenham and Manchester United heroics, by getting at least a point from the match.

The experts have been having their say, and they are not expecting Newcastle to be victorious.

Lee Ryder – The Chronicle

The regional newspaper’s chief football writer thinks that attitude will be key to getting anything from the game.

“Will we see the lax approach from the second half against Leicester when too many players switched off and didn’t take on the responsibility as the goals rained in?

“Or will it be the team that stepped up to the challenge against Man United and proved they weren’t the poor side that many have painted them out to be at times?”

Prediction: A draw

Mark Lawrenson – BBC Sport

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Lawro thinks it will be hard for Newcastle, after “such a good day” for everyone at the club against Manchester United, to replicate it at Stamford Bridge.

With the hosts currently on a winning run, he believes Chelsea have “turned the corner”.

Prediction: Chelsea 2-0 Newcastle

Charlie Nicholas – Sky Sports

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Nicholas suggested Bruce will see this game as a “free swing” with it being considered a home banker.


He added Newcastle will “try to frustrate” Lampard’s young side, and thinks it will be a tight game, as long as Newcastle can hold out for the first 10 minutes, to prevent Chelsea dominating.

Prediction: Chelsea 2-1 Newcastle

Robbie Savage – Daily Mirror

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It’s fair to say Savage doesn’t think Newcastle will kick on after their win against Manchester United. He expects another big defeat for Bruce against a strong Chelsea side.

Prediction: Chelsea 3-0 Newcastle

Paul Nicholson – GBB writer

The Manchester United win gave everyone a lift – players, manager and fans – and it will be important that, even if they lose, they put in a similar performance at Chelsea. Another collapse like that at Leicester will be unacceptable.

The international break may have actually helped Bruce, as it has disrupted Chelsea’s winning run, seen them lose some players through injury, and they have a Champions League game to think about on Wednesday.

Everything is leaning towards a cautious, below-strength Chelsea lineup, and it is up to Newcastle to exploit that, although it will still be tough.

Prediction: Chelsea 1-1 Newcastle

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James Rutherford – GBB editor and writer

We were great against Manchester United, but Chelsea are a much better side. There’s a feel good factor at Stamford Bridge right now and it’s hard to see us getting anything from the game.

I think we’ll get on the scoresheet as Chelsea are suspect at the back but that’ll be as good it gets. I hope I’m wrong…

Prediction Chelsea 3-1 Newcastle

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