When Chelsea hosts Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon, they will be hoping to cap off a disastrous Premier League season on a high note.
While Newcastle has locked up a top-four spot ahead of the final matchday, the Magpies are currently in fourth place, two points behind third-placed Manchester United. Chelsea currently occupies 12th place in the table, but there is a possibility of dropping as low as 14th.
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Chelsea vs Newcastle United Prediction
In parts of their game against Man United on Thursday, Chelsea played well, but they were unable to secure a victory due to shoddy defending and finishing. On Sunday, Newcastle won’t be at full strength, so we’re betting on Chelsea to finish their season with a draw against the top-four team.
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Thursday night saw Chelsea suffer their 16th Premier League loss of the year as they lost 4-1 to Man United at Old Trafford. Frank Lampard’s team had previously lost 4-0 in Manchester before Joao Felix came off the bench to score a late consolation goal for the visitors. There is no escaping the fact that the Blues have had a terrible season.
They have only managed to win 12, draw 10, and lose 16 league games for a total of 43 points, which is only good for 12th place in the standings going into the final round of games in England’s top division.
If other results go against them, Chelsea could lose here and fall as low as 14th, which would add insult to injury. Chelsea could finish above Crystal Palace in 11th place.
Planning for the upcoming season began a long time ago because Mauricio Pochettino is expected to take over as head coach and succeed interim manager Lampard, who has lost eight of his ten games since rejoining the team after Graham Potter left.
The fans at Stamford Bridge won’t be able to watch any European football next season, but a victory on Sunday would at least give them something to cheer about, and the Blues haven’t lost at home to Newcastle in the Premier League since May 2012.
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Newcastle’s participation in the Champions League for the following season was assured when they and Leicester City on Monday night played to a scoreless draw.
Eddie Howe’s team needs to win on Sunday and hope that Man United loses points at home to Fulham in order to move into a top-three spot in the Premier League. With 70 points from 37 games, Eddie Howe’s team currently sits fourth, two points behind third-placed Man United.
Newcastle hasn’t participated in the Champions League group stage since 2003, so it will be interesting to see what deals are made this summer as the club will be able to draw players of a higher caliber thanks to their participation in the continent’s premier competition.
Despite having a fantastic season, Howe’s team has only won one of its last four league games, and on May 13, Leeds United held them to a 2-2 draw in their most recent away game.
Newcastle defeated Chelsea 1-0 at St James’ Park in December, and they will aim to win their first league series victory over the London club since the 1986–87 season. However, the Magpies have only triumphed on one of their previous 27 Premier League trips to Stamford Bridge.
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Chelsea vs Newcastle United Team News
On Sunday afternoon, Benoit Badiashile, Armando Broja, Raheem Sterling, N’Golo Kante, Marc Cucurella, Ben Chilwell, and Marcus Bettinelli will still be unavailable for Chelsea.
Reece James will be excluded again due to a setback in his thigh recovery, while Mason Mount, who has resumed training after abdominal surgery, has an opportunity to be included in the squad. Mount is also subject to summer transfer rumors.
Thiago Silva, Kalidou Koulibaly, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Christian Pulisic, and Felix are potential replacements in Lampard’s starting lineup.
Newcastle players Nick Pope, Emil Krafth, Javier Manquillo, Jamaal Lascelles, Matt Ritchie, Joelinton, and Joe Willock are injured.
Pope’s finger surgery-related absence will allow Martin Dubravka to start in goal, and Elliot Anderson could take Willock’s place in the midfield.
No surprises expected in Newcastle’s lineup due to injuries. Murphy likely to play alongside Wilson and Isak, and the back four unchanged.
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- S Longstaff