Paul Merson states his prediction for Newcastle v Chelsea

The Arsenal legend believes Chelsea FC will edge to a narrow win over Newcastle United on Sunday afternoon

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri Photo: The Sport Review

Paul Merson is backing Chelsea FC to edge to a narrow 2-1 win over Newcastle United at St James’ Park on Sunday.

The Blues have made a positive start to the Premier League campaign following two successive victories.

Chelsea FC finished in fifth spot in the Premier League table to miss out on a Champions League spot.

Maurizio Sarri has taken over the reins of Chelsea FC from Antonio Conte in the summer.

The Blues signed Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa, Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic, veteran goalkeeper Rob Green and Napoli star Jorginho in the summer.

Cheslea FC were 3-0 winners against Huddersfield Town at John Smith’s Stadium in their Premier League opener to make a positive start under Italian head coach Sarri.

The Blues came out on top in a five-goal thriller after Chelsea FC were 3-2 winners against Arsenal following Marcos Alonso’s winner with eight minutes to go.

The west London side will make the long trip to St James’ Park to take on former Chelsea FC manager Rafael Benitez and his Magpies side.

Former Liverpool FC striker Owen believes Chelsea FC will ease to a narrow win over Newcastle at St James’ Park.

“I think Newcastle are struggling,” Owen told Sky Sports.

“Why did they let Kenedy take the penalty against Cardiff? He was having a nightmare. There’s a bit of a feeling around Newcastle at the moment, and I think Chelsea will take advantage.”

He added: “Chelsea don’t look amazing at the back, Arsenal ripped them apart at times, but Newcastle don’t have what Arsenal have going forward. Maurizio Sarri said he wants Chelsea to be pressing at all times, and it’s a danger when they don’t, even for 20 minutes.

“I just can’t see Newcastle picking them off here. Away win.”

Chelsea FC finished in fifth sport in the Premier League table.

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