Chelsea v Newcastle
I haven't been that impressed with Chelsea despite the fact that they have won both of their League games so far this season, and I was very close to getting the Reading + 1.5 correct, except the Royals sent their keeper out for an attacking corner and were caught on the counter-attack with the final kick of the game.
Eden Hazard looks a real talent, but teams will be a little more aware of some of his moves after seeing him the first couple of games. I still think the Belgian will be effective, but Newcastle have shown they can be very tough to break down at times over the last 12 months and are capable of making life difficult for the best teams.
The Magpies also have the players that could take advantage of any defensive issues Chelsea have and the Blues have offered up chances to their opponents in their first two games.
I expect Newcastle will get on the scoresheet and they may be the first side to take points off Chelsea this season, especially if they defend as effectively as they can with Cheick Tiote and Yohan Cabaye harassing players in the middle of the park.
However, the lack of time between this game and Newcastle's game in Athens is a worry as they won't have the same preparation time as they may have liked.
With that in mind, I am going to back Newcastle with a goal start on the Asian Handicap. That would have been a winner in the last four meetings between the teams here in all competitions, and would have been a push in 3 meetings before that run so looks to have that element of safety about it.
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