How Newcastle must line up when they host Chelsea on Sunday
Newcastle United will look to put an end to four successive Premier League defeats when they host Chelsea on the final day of the season at St James’ Park on Sunday.
A run of four straight victories before the latest sequence of results had taken them past the magic 40-point mark and preserved their top flight spot for at least another 12 months, but they have struggled since.
The losses against West Bromwich Albion and Watford last Saturday were particularly disappointing, but the Tyneside outfit were much improved in their 1-0 loss against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley on Wednesday night, and if they had a clinical striker they would have taken at least a point against Spurs – if not all three.
Rafa Benitez will be determined for his team to end what has been a generally positive campaign on a high against one of his former clubs, but it won’t be an easy task against the Blues seeing as they are still chasing a top-four spot and Champions League football – they lie two points behind Liverpool ahead of the weekend.
Benitez made two changes and switched formation from the reverse against the Hornets for the trip to the capital, with DeAndre Yedlin and Matt Ritchie coming back in for Javier Manquillo and Jacob Murphy, and while he has at least one enforced change this weekend with loanee Kenedy ineligible, he may well be considering making further alterations.
Here is how Newcastle must line up against Chelsea, ahead of Martin Dubravka in goal…