Chelsea can bring their poor run of form to an end by easing past Newcastle United in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Sunday.
Antonio Conte’s side have only won one of the seven matches they have been involved in during January and needed penalties before seeing off Norwich City in a third-round replay.
They missed out on a Wembley appearance when Arsenal knocked them out of the EFL Cup in midweek and rumours continue to persist about Conte’s future at Stamford Bridge beyond this season.
However, matters on Tyneside are even worse with a proposed takeover of the club stalling and the team only one point above the drop-zone after last weekend’s 3-1 defeat at Manchester City.
Newcastle have lost by two goals or more on each of their last five Premier League visits to Stamford Bridge and a 3-0 Chelsea victory this weekend can be backed at 39/4, while Conte’s team are 23/20 to keep a clean sheet in the encounter.
Elsewhere, Cardiff City will have been boosted by Manchester City’s performances against Championship sides this season when they entertain Pep Guardiola’s team.
The runaway Premier League leaders were troubled by Bristol City in both legs of their recent EFL Cup semi-final and were also unconvincing when edging past Wolves on penalties earlier in the competition.
Cardiff are very strong at home and only Derby have conceded fewer goals than them on their own pitch in the Championship this term.
Neil Warnock’s side lost four games in a row over the festive period but are third in the table after following up a 4-0 thrashing of Sunderland by drawing 0-0 with Sheffield Wednesday last weekend.
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