Date: Sunday 28th May 2023
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Kick-off: 16:30 BST
Thank God it’s the last game of this distinctly forgettable season.
Ok, so we showed a bit more effort in the first half against Manchester United on Thursday but if ever a game summed up our season, that did, with the poor finishing, poor defending and general lack of backbone as soon as we concede. It could’ve been worse though, because if we hadn’t put enough points together earlier in the season, today’s game could have had a different meaning altogether.
For the final game of the campaign, we’ll play host to a Newcastle side whose new owners have seen them elevated to a Champions League spot. Probably because they didn’t sack a Champions League manager and dish out over-inflated transfer fees and over-extended deals signing more players than they have seats for. That over-exuberance from our own owners, has seen us fall to 12th in the Premier League going into today’s game and we could finish as low as 14th, so little wonder the interferer has decided to head back to America instead of traipsing sightseers around the dressing room at half-time for this one. There’s nothing to see here after all.
Let’s just get it over with.
Going into today’s game, Chelsea interim manager, Frank Lampard, says “It’s a bad year for the club. The important thing is you get to the bottom of how it improves. It needs a rebuild. The club will move on in the summer in terms of the squad. Things need to improve. I certainly appreciate the fans’ support and I will appreciate it on Sunday. But more than anything, I would love to give them a performance to take away for the summer and feel a bit more positive about.”
Newcastle manager, Eddie Howe, meanwhile, says “I’ve got no-one left to rest! We’ve got a few issues and I think the end of the season has come at the right time for us because we would have been really stretched.” And on Chelsea, says “Next season they’ll [Chelsea] be a big threat. They’ve got top quality players but trying to form a team with a lot of new players isn’t easy. They’ll be a big threat again.”
For Chelsea, Armando Broja (ACL), Kalidou Koulibaly (hamstring), Mason Mount (pelvic), Reece James (thigh), Marc Cucurella (hamstring), Ben Chilwell (hamstring) and Benoit Badiashile (groin), Kovacic, and N’Golo Kante all remain out.
Pope, Emil Krafth, Javier Manquillo, Jamaal Lascelles, Matt Ritchie, Joelinton
and Joe Willock all miss out.
CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Kepa; Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Koulibaly, Hall; Gallagher, Fernandez, Loftus-Cheek; Pulisic, Felix, Madueke
NEWCASTLE (Possible line-up): Dubravka; Trippier, Schar, Botman, Burn; S Longstaff, Guimaraes, Anderson; Murphy, Wilson, Isak
Chelsea 1-0 Newcastle (13 March 2022)
- Newcastle’s have one win in 27 Premier League games at Stamford Bridge.
- Chelsea will finish in the bottom half of the table for the first time since 1995-96.
- Newcastle are unbeaten in all 25 of their league games this campaign against teams currently outside the top seven.
- Chelsea have lost 16 league games this season.
- Newcastle have registered seven goalless league draws this season.
- If Chelsea fail to score three goals, this will be only the second season in their history in which they have scored fewer than 40 times in a league campaign.
- Newcastle have won their final league game in seven of the last eight seasons.
- Newcastle are aiming to go unbeaten in all of their top-flight games in London for the first time since the 1996-97 season.
Sportsmole: Chelsea 1-1 Newcastle