Thursday, 18 October, 2018

How Chelsea can qualify for Champions League

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Adrian Cunningham | 13 May, 2018, 04:56

The Blues slipped to a disappointing draw at home to Huddersfield on Wednesday, meaning they must now rely on Brighton beating Liverpool at Anfield if they are to overtake the Reds in fourth.

Swansea's Premier League survival hopes are hanging by a thread after relegation rivals Huddersfield secured their own top-flight status in midweek.

They now occupy the tenth position with 41 points, and it can be argued that Rafa Benitez has done a decent with the Magpies this season.

St James' Park has seen the last of Brazilian star Kenedy who, after joining on loan from Chelsea in January, can not feature against his parent club, but the Magpies will be desperately hoping he will don the black and white shirt again in the future.

For the home side, they should be fully healthy going into the final day of the season.

Chelsea need a win and a Liverpool loss to earn a Champions League spot, or else they must settle for 5th place and a Europa League berth next season.

Mercedes sets the pace in practice for Spanish GP
How he must wish the white Tommy Hilfiger suit in which he paraded was symbolic of a blemish-free experience this weekend. The 2018 Spanish Grand Prix qualifying session has just wrapped up with both Mercedes drivers locking out the front row.

Chelsea have played Newcastle at Stamford Bridge twice this season - once in the league and once in the FA Cup. Those two had been the catalyst for a run of five straight wins in all competitions and they should help end the Blues' dismal record at Newcastle.

Six of last seven meetings between these two sides in all competitions have ended with over 2.5 goals.

Danny Drinkwater is a major doubt for the fixture as he is nursing a groin injury whereas David Luiz would remain sidelined due to his knee injury. We are also backing a Chelsea win as our prediction in this game.

While the Spanish manager has options in most areas of the pitch, with Kenedy and Atsu out it leaves just Jacob Murphy as the only senior winger at his disposal - and he faces 90 minutes to save his Magpies career ahead of the summer in what seems a guaranteed start.

Eden Hazard and Olivier Giroud both came off the bench against the Terriers, but they are in contention to return to the starting line-up.

For the hosts, Dwight Gayle is available at 7/2 odds at Betfred.