Mark Lawrenson forecasts Newcastle v Chelsea

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Mark Lawrenson has predicted the result of Newcastle United's match with Chelsea this weekend.

Mark Lawrenson believes that Newcastle United have no chance of picking up a result against Chelsea on Saturday.

The Magpies face the Premier League leaders at St. James' Park this weekend with the odds stacked against them. 

The Blues remain unbeaten in all competitions so far this season and Lawrenson is not of the opinion that this record is likely to end on Tyneside. 

"I watched Newcastle draw with Burnley at Turf Moor on Tuesday night and they were two very different teams in each half," Lawrenson said to BBC Sport

"The Magpies showed very little ambition before the break but finished the game very strongly and probably felt they deserved more than a point.

"We know how difficult it is to stop the Chelsea machine, and I don't think Newcastle have got the type of players to do what Sunderland did in their 0-0 draw with the Blues last weekend.

"So Newcastle are better off staying on the attack, but I cannot see them getting anything on Saturday, no matter how they set up (predicts a 2-0 Chelsea win)."

Newcastle's set-up has been something which has been heavily discussed before the game, with Alan Pardew saying that they will favour an attacking approach.

The Magpies boss feels that his side were punished for being too cautious against Burnley in midweek and is determined not allow his squad to make the same mistake again.

Attacking Chelsea can be a dangerous game this season though, because of the creative outlets in their side, and Pardew will have to pull off his game plan to perfection if Newcastle are to collect any points from the fixture. 

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