On Sunday afternoon, Newcastle host Chelsea in the Premier League, as the visitors are desperately trying to preserve their chances of a Champions League spot.
Newcastle are currently tenth-place in the Premier League and looking to seal a top-ten finish after a mixed campaign. Rafa Benitez’s side’s primary objective this season was to stay in the top-flight.
The north east side effectively sealed their top-flight status a couple of weeks ago, so a recent run of four straight defeats has meant very little to the home side.
One interesting fact to note is that Newcastle are unbeaten in their last four meetings with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea’s Champions League destiny is now out of their hands. The Blues now have to beat the Magpies and hope that Liverpool suffered a home defeat against Brighton to finish in the top-four.
Top Football BookmakersA 1-1 home draw with Huddersfield last time out in the top-flight did not help their cause either. The draw against the Terriers last time out ended a four-game winning run for Antonio Conte’s side, who are now still six games unbeaten in the Premier League.
The former champions have also won their last three away games in the top-flight. Their recent away games in the Premier League have been high scoring with over 2.5 goals scored in five of their last seven games.
Away win and/or under 2.5 goals