Well, we all remember this one last year. Entering the 90th minute, we looked likely to hold the lead, yet Papiss Demba Cisse made other plans, forcing the impossible, we ended an 18 year run of winless visits to Stamford Bridge, taking three points at a place that not many clubs had. We were ending the season as we had started; superfluous. As comfortable as we were in this previous fixture, this time around could be a little different.

The recreation of Chelsea has already earned six points and six goals. Fairy tale viewing is not looking quite as likely this Saturday evening, with a much more intelligent and counter-intuitive midfield feeding Torres, who now looks much more finely tuned, hungrier. However, I don’t think our chances are as slim as bookies have predicted. It doesn’t take much study to raise an eyebrow at the list of odds, especially for the win market.  Every one seems to have leant on Chelsea so heavily, it poses an insult but, more importantly, shows naïvety. This has noticeably become a pattern. We were underestimated all season long against those who were seen as Champions League contenders. Our performances and results have been given recognition and respect everywhere except the betting market. I think those responsible are forgetting that we came fifth last season, and were challenging for a Champions League spot on the final day. This time around, we willl be challenging for that space in every game all season. If you need any proof of that, look at the game against Spurs last weekend.

Newcastle Win 6/1 (William Hill)

Chelsea have played two competitive games this season, against two opponents that I wouldn’t be surprised to see in the league below this time next year. Both wins should have been routine for a team who are third favourite for the title. Saying this, their defence looks questionable. Wigan didn’t do themselves any favours in front of goal at the weekend, and Reading took them to the wire. For the latter, Chelsea needed the help of a poor refereeing decision to dig them out of a game that was slowly turning against them. Even Di Matteo admitted an ‘open’ defensive display. And one thing is for certain, the recent exclusion of John Terry will have upset their plans, to say the least.

Spurs lacked fire power last week. Defoe showed flashes of excellence, but it was clear that they missed a second threat. Not to take anything away from our defence, particularly James Perch, who has surely pushed ahead of Williamson as third choice centre-half. Chelsea not only hold more fire power than Spurs, but a midfield offering more layers. They can penetrate and counter more affectively which could be our undoing, as we were left exposed too long, too often, for comfort on Saturday. Eden Hazard has made a big impact already, at times looking unplayable. His through balls to Torres show an understanding that is clearly a threat. Hazard is a penchant for winning penalties, with the accolade of winning the most penalties (8) across all European leagues last season. This bodes well for Frank Lampard, who rarely misses from the spot. Combine these two facts with Phil Dowd; the match’s referee. His record for awarding penalties last season is more impressive than Hazard’s was for winning them. He gave twelve penalties in total, which should leave Lampard licking his lips in anticipation.

Penalty to be scored by either team 12/5 (PaddyPower)

My instinct tells me it could be quite a high scoring game, but there’s little value on the odds there, one thing the bookies and I seem to have in common this weekend. I can see a defender breaking the deadlock, and as much as I dislike drawing attention, Ivanovic has a great record, and Gary Cahill is not a stranger in attacking corners.

By Alex Booth