Michael Owen states his prediction for Newcastle United v Chelsea FC

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"Rafa Benitez and his players will be keen to give the Toon Army something to cheer on Sunday, however, and I think they will pick up at least a point against last year's champions". The Blues were struggling badly at that point, collecting just six points from their previous seven games, but it is testament to the quality Antonio Conte has in his squad that they hauled themselves back into the race, which has been between themselves, Spurs, whose win over Newcastle on Wednesday confirmed their qualification, and Liverpool.

Benitez could lead Newcastle to a top-10 finish in the Premier League table this season, but the Spaniard only has one year left to run on his contract at St James' Park. He would struggle to get starts at both of those clubs so Everton will hope that will sway him to want a move to Merseyside.

The defender has had a superb season at Newcastle and it is expected that Rafa Benitez will struggle to hold on to his captain.

Newcastle United vs Arsenal - St James' Park, Newcastle, Britain - April 15, 2018 Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez and Jonjo Shelvey celebrate after the match Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine EDITORIAL USE ONLY.

Kenedy is not the only loan player to be unavailable for Newcastle against Chelsea, with Islam Slimani still suspended for the incident that occurred against West Brom. Thibaut Courtois will likely miss out as he did in the week due to a back problem, while Danny Drinkwater and David Luiz continue their spell on the sidelines with long-term injuries. You have to at least change four or five.

Newcastle were the better side against Tottenham and should really have taken something from the game.

Chelsea have played Newcastle at Stamford Bridge twice this season - once in the league and once in the FA Cup.

Olivier Giroud didn't start against the Terriers, but we expect him to start against Newcastle. Eden Hazard is an alternative option at 10/7 odds at Unibet.

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