Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson has lauded Chelsea's performance against Manchester City, claiming the playing staff's confidence will be flying high, leading them perfectly into Saturday afternoon match-up against Newcastle United, who were 'shocking' versus Sunderland.
In the reverse fixture in November, Newcastle beat Chelsea 2-0 at St James' Park, however, former Arsenal favourite Merson cannot foresee past a 3-0 win for Jose Mourinho's Blues.
'I thought Newcastle's season was picking up, but they had a shocking result against Sunderland, they've lost Yohan Cabaye and Cheick Tiote is out for a while,' commented Merson, highlighting how Magpies manager Alan Pardew must be lamenting a considerably weakened midfield after the sale of Cabaye to Paris Saint Germain and 27-year-old Ivorian Tiote's suffering of a hamstring injury.
Newcastle's plight is in contrast to the form of the Stamford Bridge who, courtesy of Mourinho tactics, engineered a well thought out and well-deserved win over Premier League title favourites Manchester City on Monday evening.
'Chelsea will be flying after what they did at Manchester City on Monday night and I think this will be walk in the park for them. They were outstanding at the Etihad, as good as it gets, and Nemanja Matic looks top-drawer. He hardly gave Yaya Toure a kick.'
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