Thibaut Courtois Could Return For Chelsea's Final Day Game Against Newcastle

  • Thibaut Courtois Could Return For Chelsea's Final Day Game Against Newcastle

Thibaut Courtois Could Return For Chelsea's Final Day Game Against Newcastle

Sunday's match is Chelsea's 1,000th in the Premier League since its formation for the 1992/93 season.

Now three points behind Liverpool, who are in 4, Chelsea need a win to keep their hopes alive and will also need Liverpool to lose, if they are to qualify for the Champions League next season. The Reds haven't lost a home game at Anfield throughout the season, and we see a very little possibility of that happening on the final day of the season.

Defeat at home too Tottenham Hotspur over the Easter weekend appeared to end Chelsea's hopes of Champions League qualification this season; Dele Alli inspired Spurs to a first win at Stamford Bridge in 28 years, and more importantly, eight points clear of their London rivals. Kenedy will be the only player to miss out as he is ineligible to play against his parent club, Chelsea.

Projected XI: Dubravka; Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett; Shelvey, Diame; Murphy, Perez, Ritchie; Gayle.

Projected XI: Caballero; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Rudiger; Emerson, Bakayoko, Kante, Fabregas, Moses; Hazard, Giroud. Any other variation of the two results, we'll have to settle for Europa League. "One of these instances is the emergence of a singing section and a few people forming various flag display groups to increase the atmosphere at St James" Park.

The previous meeting between the two sides saw Newcastle take a 1-0 lead, before Chelsea came roaring back through Eden Hazard's brace and Alvaro Morata.

A report in early April claimed that Merino has grown frustrated with at his lack of first team involvement and has consequently told Benitez that he wants to leave St James' Park in the summer, with Athletic Bilbao thought to be keen on a move. On the other hand, Newcastle have won once in their last five outings, including four consecutive losses.

While it is hard and no longer looking realistic, it must be said that Chelsea stillhave a fighting chance to qualify for the Champions League next season.