Newcastle vs Chelsea: Mark Lawrenson gives his prediction

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Chelsea will be away to Newcastle at the St James Park, and Frank Lampard will be keen for his side to continue from last weekend’s 3-0 win over Burnley.

BBC Sport pundit and ex-Republic of Ireland international Mark Lawrenson has backed Chelsea to win this game and he doesn’t see Newcastle stopping Chelsea with their recent poor form.

“Chelsea swatted Burnley aside pretty easily last time out and this is a good opportunity for them to build on that,” Mark Lawrenson told BBC.

“All the other teams who are just below them in the Premier League are looking inconsistent and it would be a good time for the Blues to kick on.

“Newcastle put Rochdale away easily enough in the FA Cup this week but they have lost their two previous Premier League games at St James’ Park and I don’t see that run ending this weekend.”

Lawrenson predicted a 2-1 win for Chelsea.

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