Game Week 38 Predictions: Chelsea to drop points again to Newcastle - Premier League preview, betting tips, team news
|Newcastle United is primed to end Chelsea's poorest season of the modern era with another home defeat but would the Blues get beaten again? (Photo credit: Inside Sports)|
Chelsea has endured their worst season of the modern era as the Blues can only finish eleventh on the highest, but it could also get worse should Newcastle triumph at Stamford Bridge and the duo of Wolves and West Ham pick maximum points. Frank Lampard’s side would finish fourteenth on the log.
How did it go this bad for Chelsea?
It started with the departure of Roman Abramovic and the arrival of Todd Boehly and his consortium.
The firing of Thomas Tuchel didn’t yield much fruit, with Graham Potter eventually laid off for Lampard to see out the season; that was another mistake.
Newcastle is back in the Champions League after twenty years.
It’s a season to remember and celebrate for many reasons. Eddie Howe has led the Geordies to a top-four finish, and they can start preparing for life in Europe’s elite championship.
There are enough funds to recruit top talents for the challenge, but there’s also a base to build on.
The hardworking bunch that achieved this massive feat will always be there to help the team achieve more; it would take a lot for Chelsea to break back into the top four next season.
It’s a tale of two different clubs here. One is bleeding from heavy wounds inflicted by bad decisions on and off the pitch, while the other is reaping the fruits of smart decisions on all fronts.
Chelsea is the underdog here, and that’s a disturbing fact.
The 4-1 loss in midweek to Manchester United showed exactly why Chelsea remains in the doldrums.
Unforced errors by Wes Fofana and other misplaced passes got United into the driving seat, and they blew Chelsea away unhindered.
Chelsea is playing at home; the only way they can sign off on a high is to win here, but can this present Chelsea team that is lacking in confidence hold off Newcastle?
The Magpies have absolutely nothing to lose, but they’re not going to lose.
Watch out for some fringe players in this fixture on both sides; it’s also the last game for Frank Lampard as he bows out to welcome Mauricio Pochettino for the Blues as well as Joao Felix, whose loan comes to an end.
Newcastle could miss Nick Pope and Joe Willock, but they have enough to trouble their hosts.