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Chelsea will return to international football this weekend with an away trip to the St James Park to face face Newcastle.
Chelsea were in good form before the international break, and the game against the Magpies will bring a different kind of challenge for Frank Lampard’s side.
Michael Owen has done his predictions ahead of the weekend, and this time, he is predicting an edgy game, but backing the Blues to come out with a narrow victory.
Owen told BetVictor: “Newcastle appear very inconsistent just now. I was covering their game against Southampton and it was clear that they couldn’t get into any rhythm.
“It will be interesting to see if Callum Wilson can shake-off the hamstring injury that he picked up in that game. He’s been excellent in front of goal for the Magpies, so far.
“I think in terms of the whole season, Newcastle should be fine, but their inconsistency could cost them dearly over the course of a season and as I can only see them finishing around mid-table.
“I originally said I fancied Chelsea to finish third, however, I think that the points total will be lower this year, and that could bring the Blues right into the title mix.
“If they are to achieve that, then they will have to take maximum points from matches such as this. With Timo Werner in such good form, I think he could be amongst the goals in a Chelsea victory.”
Owen has predicted a 2-1 win for Chelsea.