Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Newcastle v Chelsea FC

Mark Lawrenson is tipping Newcastle to hold Chelsea FC to a 1-1 draw in the Premier League

Maurizio Sarri
New Chelsea FC boss Maurizio Sarri Photo: The Sport Review

Mark Lawrenson is tipping Newcastle United to hold Chelsea FC to a 1-1 draw in the Premier League at St James’ Park this weekend.

The Blues travel up north looking to make it three wins from their opening three Premier League games after their victories over Arsenal and Huddersfield under new boss Maurizio Sarri.

Sarri has been tasked with steering the west London side back into the top four this season as they look to try and establish themselves as one of the main contenders for the title.

Chelsea FC ended up in fifth place in the table last term as they missed out on Champions League qualification under Antonio Conte, but they did manage to finish the campaign with the FA Cup.

And former Liverpool FC star Lawrenson feels that Chelsea FC will struggle to get the three points against the Magpies this weekend.

Writing in his column for BBC Sport, Lawrenson said: “Newcastle have been unlucky this season. They got nothing from a good performance against Tottenham and should have beaten Cardiff when down to 10 men, with Kenedy missing an injury-time penalty.

“Rafael Benitez is very successful at setting his team up to be difficult to beat at home to the Premier League superpowers.

“Chelsea look more bright and adventurous than they did under Antonio Conte, but they do have some defensive blips.

“Maurizio Sarri has them playing a pressing game and when that breaks down is when the opposition have the space to create chances.”

Chelsea FC have been getting used to life under new manager Sarri after his appointment as the club’s new manager back in July.

The Blues opted to part company with Conte after the west London side failed to secure qualification for next season’s Champions League.

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