Monday, 16 July, 2018

Newcastle United vs Chelsea: 3 key battles that could decide the outcome

Islam Slimani banned for Newcastle’s last three games after accepting charge Soccer: Shelvey can impress for England at World Cup, says Benitez
Cassandra Gardner | 13 May, 2018, 15:01

After the Huddersfield game, he said in no uncertain terms that Roman Abramovich will decide his future.

Chelsea will play against Manchester United in the FA Cup Final later this month.

The Blues travel to St James' Park to face Newcastle United in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon and are favourites to pick up all three points in their pursuit for a top-four finish.

When asked whether Merino would still be a Magpies player next season, Benitez replied, as quoted by the Gazette: "I think that he was unlucky with that injury and also Jonjo and Diame were playing much better".

"Unfortunately for Newcastle fans, it is not clear whether Rafa Benitez will still be their manager by then either".

When Rafa joined he reignited something that has been missing from the club for years and with him here, he has ignited the passion or spirit in others.

However, speculation continues to swirl surrounding Benitez's future, with the former Liverpool and Real Madrid boss reportedly seeking assurances that he will be given funds to improve the squad.

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There are a lot of rumours and there is a lot of speculation and if news comes our way, trust me, we will be shouting about it. Close friend and contemporary, Jordan Spieth , a three-time major victor at age 24, believes Fowler's breakthrough is near.


CHELSEA take on Newcastle at St James' Park on Sunday, but who will start?

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 is expected to replace Willy Cabellero in the Chelsea net after recovering from a back injury.

Chelsea have lost three of their last four games on Tyneside and are without a win since December 2011.

Newcastle haven't been great at home this season as they hold the division's 13th best home record, while Chelsea have been impressive away from home and are 4th in the league based on their away record.

Chelsea, though, can not accept anything less than a win, and even that may not be enough. 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.

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