Mark Lawrenson discussed the Saturday match at Stamford Bridge.
A place where Newcastle United has won only one league game since 1986.
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As if those statistics were not bad enough, Rafa Benitez won only one of his 14 away games against Chelsea in all competitions (four draws, nine losses), a 1-0 victory over Liverpool in the Premier League in 39. October 2008.
As icing on the cake at the top of the cake, Chelsea fans, as usual, will give their former manager pain.
Just enough may not have been the most popular choice, but when Rafa Benitez agreed to intervene mid-season with the club in chaos after the firing of Roberto Di Matteo, and then led them to win a trophy in the Europa League and qualifying for the Champions League, you would think at least to Chelse a fan would have in hindsight have respect for the work he did, you'd be wrong.
Quite incredible that Newcastle fans can be interpreted by the media as "disappointed" in wanting better than Mike Ashley undermining their club, yet the clowns of these clowns in Chelsea get away with it. The same with Arsene Wenger and the way Arsenal fans continued, but they avoided all the slightest criticisms of the press. Would you think there was a London bias, or maybe just an anti-NUFC …?
As for the real Saturday game, Mark Lawrenson thinks that Rafa Benitez will appreciate what happens on the pitch as much as he likes. welcome by Chelsea fans
Chelsea scored much less (38) than any other club's goal in the top six and is said to be desperate to bring a new striker.
Lawrenson says they will not need a new scorer to beat Newcastle United.
The last three weeks have seen both Leicester (1-0) and Southampton (0-0 draw) win, go to Stamford Bridge and keep the sheets clean, Newcastle that almost certainly will have to do the same if they want to get something, as only Huddersfield scored less than Newcastle's 15 Newcastle goals.
Mark Lawrenson speaks with BBC Sport:
"Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez was very welcome to Anfield when he returned with the Magpies for Christmas.
" But I do not think he will receive the same kind of reception on Saturday in another of his previous clubs.
"Sadly for Benitez, I can see him being on the wrong side of a similar result – even if I do not see Chelsea beat Newcastle like in Liverpool.
"It looks like the Blues are going to get a new striker in January, we just do not know who it will still be.
"They need it because they have been a little short of goals recently but, in the meantime, I still think they will be too strong for the Magpies.  "The forecast is Chelsea 2 Newcastle 0."