St James' Park - Premier League
Newcastle look to end their run of four defeats with a win on the final game of the season against an inconsistent Chelsea side. The Blues beat Liverpool before drawing to Huddersfield within the space of four days, and have all but lost their hope of Champions League football.
Chelsea have already put three past Newcastle twice this season, the most recent being in an FA Cup fixture that was won 3-0 by the Blues. A brace from Michy Batshuayi, currently on loan at Borussia Dortmund, and a goal from Marcus Alonso did the trick for Antonio Conte's side.
Brazilian, Kenedy,is ineligible to play against his parent club on Sunday, and will join former Blues player Cristian Atsu on the sidelines. As a result Jacob Murphy is likely to start on the left of midfield, with islam Slimani likely to reclaim his place up top after returning from suspension.
Tibaut Cortois is set to miss out again with a back problem, meaning another start for Willy Cabellero in goal. Both Eden Hazard and Olivier Giroud were rested on Wednesday and will both definitely start on Sunday, with Gary Cahill likely to join them.
Newcastle v Chelsea Preview and Predictions
Having secured safety for Newcastle a while back, Rafa Benitez has struggled to push his side any higher than mid table, with the club not able to rise higher than their current tenth on Sunday. Given his resources, this in itself is an impressive achievement, although fans may be wondering what could have been.
In comparison to their opponents season, Newcastle fans have had is easy, as Chelsea's win against Liverpool only instilled false hope for the club to come to a disappointing draw against Huddersfield. For the most recent English winners of the Champions League, failure to qualify for the competition is nothing less than a failure.
Despite months of speculation, very little is known about the future of Blues coach Antonio Conte, with Wednesday's draw possibly the deciding factor. Consequently, the Italian may be more focused on the FA Cup final than Sunday's match, wanting to end his time in England on a high, with the fans still singing his name. This could well play into Newcastle's favour, with Chelsea proving this season that they struggle to perform on two fronts.
Benitez's side will definitely suffer from the absence of Kennedy, with the Brazlian's flair adding much needed creativity to an otherwise practical Newcastle side. However, having struggled in the last four games, a shake up may be exactly what the side needs, and a win could well encourage Benitez to stay for yet another season.
Chelsea to win by one goal at 5/2
Chelsea have won by one in their last three away games and Newcastle lost by one midweek.
Marcus Alonso to score anytime at 3/1
With the forward's struggling an Alonso free-kick might help the Blues break the deadlock.