Chelsea visit St James Park for their last game of the Premier League. The Blues will be majorly disappointed from their recent draw at home agsint Huddersfield. With Europa League looking more than likely Chelsea will be looking forward to the FA Cup Final in a quest to save their poor season and lack of Champions League next season. Newcastle have performed well in their return to the Premier League. The Magpies are sitting in 10th place due to goal difference. With 9th place out of reach Rafael Benitez will be looking to keep a clean sheet or score a few goal in order to maintain his possession at 10th. The game will kick off at 15:00 on Sunday along with all the other final Premier League fixtures.
Chelsea Form 🔵
Chelsea remain in 5th place for yet another week and it looks like the London side will finish the campaign sitting in 5th place. The Blues are unbeaten in an impressive 7 games, winning 5 of these. Chelsea will however be bitterly disappointed to of only drawn to Huddersfield on Wednesday night, pushing Champions League Football out of reach unless Brighton stun football fans against Liverpool. Conte’s future is looking very uncertain after many fans voting for the Italian to leave the club before the start of the 18/19 season.
Newcastle Form ⚪⚫
The Magpies had a tough game on Wednesday against 4th placed Tottenham Hotspur, the game ended 1-0 although Newcastle gave a solid performance. Rafa will be disappointed with his teams latest form having lost 4 games in a row, including the already relegated side West Brom. Magpies haven’t performed badly for a lot of the season having stand out victories versus Manchester United and drawing to Liverpool.
Chelsea and Newcastle have played a total of 162 games against each other, with many coming in League Division 1. The teams first met back in 1907 where the blues lost 1-0 away from home. Chelsea have however began to dominate the fixture through history with the Blues winning 71, drawing 39 and loosing the remaining 59. The teams have met not once but twice this season; once in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge and in the FA Cup also at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea have dominated both fixtures, winning the first 3-1 and receiving a 3-0 victory in the FA Cup. Chelsea were sitting in 3rd place on the 2nd December 2017 when the teams met in the Premier League. Chelsea scored 3 through Morata and a Hazard Brace, Dwight Gayle found the back of the net early in the 12th minute for the Magpies but ended up loosing the match 3-1. The teams latest meeting was the 28th January 2018 in the FA Cup 4th round where the Blues won 3-0 Michy Batshuayi scored a brace, Marcos Alonso also made it onto the scoresheet.
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Team News 📰
Chelsea remain relatively fit for the fixture with Alvaro Morata returning from his minor injury for Huddersfield midweek. Courtois is the only new name on the injury list this week as the Belgium keeper has picked up a minor back injury but is expected to be fit for the match this Sunday. David Luiz and Drinkwater still remain unfit for the last game of the season, this could of course also be Conte’s last Premier League match for Chelsea FC. Newcastle have a growing injury and suspension list with keeper Robert Elliot looking doubtful along with Gayle, Clark, Diame, Atsu and Merino also all being unfit. Islam Slimani is also unavailable for selection due to an outstanding suspension.
The Blues are unbeaten in their last 6 and Conte will be planning on making that 7. Chelsea’s only chance at Champions League football next season is for Chelsea to pick up all 3 points and for Liverpool to drop points against Brighton on the weekend. Newcastle are going through a stage of poor form making the win all the more likely for Chelsea. News4TheBlues official prediction for the game is a Chelsea 3-1 win.
Watch the full highlights from Chelsea v Newcastle 3-0 HERE