There will be goals.
When Chelsea faces Newcastle on Saturday, you better believe two of the better attacks in the Premier League will fill up the score sheet. Chelsea is fourth in goals scored this season (16), while Newcastle is tied for seventh but has scored at least two goals in five of their last six league games.
Of course, while Chelsea is sturdy in defense (six goals allowed), Newcastle has already given up a whopping 16 goals on the campaign. So yes, there most definitely will be goals.
When: Saturday, November 2 at 8:45 a.m. ET (12:45 p.m. GMT)
Where: St James' Park, Newcastle, England
Watch: NBC Sports Network; NBC Sports Live Extra; BT Sport 1 (U.K.)
Odds: Chelsea (50.5 percent), Newcastle (26.1 percent) and draw (23.4 percent), according to Bloomberg Sports
Chelsea would be wise to take Newcastle very seriously. The Blues are just two points behind table-leading Arsenal, but the Gunners face Liverpool this weekend and could easily lose. A Chelsea win could launch them to first place, but not before a stiff test against Loic Remy, Hatem Ben Arfa and the dangerous Newcastle attack.
Fernando Torres has looked good of late, so he may have finally answered Chelsea's questions at forward. If he continues to play well, Chelsea has the depth and talent to take the league title this season.
For Newcastle, erasing the sting of losing to previously winless Sunderland is key. Life as a Newcastle fan is a wild ride—one week, the team draws with Liverpool, 2-2. The next, they lose to Sunderland, 2-1.
Who knows what they have up their sleeves this week?
It seems almost inevitable that Newcastle will be buzzing early, controlling possession and pressing toward Chelsea's goal. It seems just as inevitable that Chelsea will hit hard on the counter-attack and catch Newcastle too far up the field, scoring in transition.
But as they've done in recent games, Newcastle will have an answer or two of their own.
But it won't be enough to counter Chelsea's dangerous players in space like Oscar, Eden Hazard and Juan Mata. Newcastle will come out swinging, but Chelsea simply has more combinations in their arsenal.
Chelsea wins, 3-2.