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Chelsea v Newcastle - Preview and possible lineups

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Pin Conte's future has been a talking point. AFP
Conte's future has been a talking point. AFP

Chelsea v Newcastle - Preview and possible lineups

Tom Devlin by Tom Devlin @rfutbol - 0 3,460

We take a look ahead to Chelsea's trip to Newcastle as both sides round off their Premier League seasons.

Chelsea: David Luiz and Ethan Ampadu remain sidelined but Thibaut Courtois is back in training.

Newcastle: Islam Slimani is suspended and Christian Atsu and Ciaran Clark are both injured. Chancel Mbemba will not play while Kenedy is not eligible to play against his parent club. 

Antonio Conte: Every season I think you are better than the season before if you are clever and want to improve yourself, and if you want to learn. If you want to stay at the same level as the previous year, you can continue to stay in a comfortable zone. I am not this type of person. I don’t like comfortable zones. This season I learned this league is very tough, but I knew this. I had confirmation that if you want to be competitive in this league, you must work very hard on different aspects.

Rafa Benitez: I said to my players today that (Sunday) will be important. They have done so well during the season, they have to go to the end – especially playing at home – and try to finish on a high. I think they deserve that, and I think the fans deserve to see the team winning the last game. We knew before these two games, against Tottenham and Chelsea, they could be dangerous because they could be fighting for the top four. Unfortunately, it is like that, but we have to try and do our best in front of our fans and try to get points.

Did you know?

Newcastle are unbeaten in their last four home Premier League games against Chelsea.

Chelsea are unbeaten in six Premier League games.

Marcos Alonso has been directly involved in nine Premier League goals this season.

Score prediction: 1-1

Chelsea possible XI: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger, Alonso, Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Willian, Hazard, Morata

Newcastle possible XI: Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett, Shelvey, Diame, Ritchie, Perez, Murphy, Gayle

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