Predicted line-up for Premier League clash with Newcastle


Chelsea will make one final push for UEFA Champions League football when they journey the long way north to take on Newcastle on the last day of the season.

They will need the Reds to lose their home game against Brighton and also ensure they beat Newcastle United to secure a top four place.

Swansea's Premier League survival hopes are hanging by a thread after relegation rivals Huddersfield secured their own top-flight status in midweek. Newcastle have enjoyed a fairly strong return to the Premier League under Rafa Benitez and will head into Sunday's match with safety confirmed and a chance to spoil any potential Chelsea party. Various off field factors have had an impact on their form, too, and while the home side will be looking to end a run of four straight defeats, the way the season has progressed could hardly have been better and that is reflected in Benitez's fully deserved nomination for Manager of the Year. On the other hand, Newcastle have won once in their last five outings, including four consecutive losses.

Chelsea have played Newcastle at Stamford Bridge twice this season - once in the league and once in the FA Cup.

Kenedy is not the only loan player to be unavailable for Newcastle against Chelsea, with Islam Slimani still suspended for the incident that occurred against West Brom.

Danny Drinkwater is a major doubt for the fixture as he is nursing a groin injury whereas David Luiz would remain sidelined due to his knee injury.

Chelsea are favourites to win at their best odds of 13/20 at BetVictor.

A draw is available at 10/3 odds at Betfair and a home win at 5/1 odds at William Hill. However, we are going for a 2-1 Chelsea win at 8/1 odds at the same bookmaker.

"People say we wouldn't gel together and we're a Championship side, well if that's the case then the manager has got us all together and we're sat in the middle of the table". We're a team. We had two or three good opportunities where we could score. They fell below expectations against Huddersfield, but will likely reinstate Eden Hazard and Olivier Giroud to the starting lineup.