Newcastle v Chelsea
Sunday, May 13 – 15:00
Newcastle lost 1-0 to Tottenham on Wednesday night, with a second-half goal from Harry Kane proving enough to separate the two sides. Hugo Lloris was named as man of the match, which tells you everything to need to know about Newcastle’s performance, and to give credit to the Magpies, they were certainly unlucky. Newcastle currently sit 10th in the Premier League table; however, a loss today could see them fall as far as 14th.
Chelsea drew 1-1 with Huddersfield in their last league match, keeping their slim hopes of finishing in the Top 4 alive. The Blues need three points from tomorrow’s game and a Liverpool defeat to guarantee Champions League football next season, and anything short of meeting that objective could spell the end for manager Antonio Conte.
Let’s take a look at the stats:
- Newcastle are currently unbeaten in four home matches against Chelsea in the Premier League – scoring at least two goals in each game (W3 D1).
- Chelsea are unbeaten in their last four games against the Magpies in the top-flight (W3 D1) – scoring 12 goals in total.
- Only two clubs have netted at least twice in five consecutive league games at home against Chelsea – Leicester City (5 between 1998 – 2002) and Liverpool (6 between 1992 and 1997).
- This will be the third time that these two clubs have met on the final day of the Premier League season.
- Newcastle have been handed more red cards on the final day of the season than any other Premier League club (7).
- Chelsea hold the record for the biggest final day victory in the Premier League history – beating Wigan 8-0 in 2009/10.
- Newcastle have only shipped six goals over the last 10 home matches in the Premier League – never more than one in each fixture.
- Following three consecutive away defeats, Chelsea have now won each of their last three on the road in the Premier League.
- Rafa Benitez has never won a match in the Premier League against one of his former clubs – Liverpool (D3 L1), Chelsea (L1).
- Olivier Giroud has netted eight goals over his nine Premier League matches against Newcastle.
Rafa Benitez has done a remarkable job at St James’ Park this season, and Newcastle deserve to finish in the top-half of the table. The Magpies have been a little hit and miss at home recently, but big matches always lift the crowd and seem to bring out the best in Benitez’s players. Chelsea have not managed to replicate last season’s heroics, and a Top 4 finish seems pretty unlikely. That said, the Blues need to end their current campaign on a high, and judging by their recent away from, they have a great chance of doing just that.