Chelsea are set to lock horns with Newcastle United in their final league match of the season. The showdown will take place at the illustrious Stamford Bridge, the hallowed home of the Blues. However, the narratives surrounding these two teams couldn't be more different, as they have experienced divergent journeys in this year's highly competitive English Premier League campaign.
For Chelsea, it has been an utterly dismal season, a far cry from their usual lofty standards. Despite significant investments made during both the summer and winter transfer windows, the team has failed to find its rhythm. Thomas Tuchel was initially at the helm before being replaced by Graham Potter in the middle of the season. And now, the legendary Frank Lampard has taken up the reins as the caretaker manager. As it stands, the Blues find themselves languishing below the top 10 positions in the league table. Even if they manage to triumph in this crucial fixture, they will etch their name in history for all the wrong reasons, having recorded their lowest-ever points tally in the division.
In stark contrast, Newcastle United has enjoyed a remarkable season, defying expectations and silencing their doubters. After narrowly escaping relegation the previous year, the Magpies have displayed immense resilience and dedication. Their efforts have paid off handsomely, as they have already secured a coveted spot in the UEFA Champions League after an agonising 20-year absence. The top bookmakers in India have EPL odds on their platforms.
The sky-high expectations set by their astronomical investments have been shattered, as the players have failed to live up to their price tags. One notable disappointment has been the decorated star, Raheem Sterling, whose performances have fallen far short of what was anticipated when he arrived at Stamford Bridge. To compound their woes, Chelsea has been plagued by a string of misfortunes. N'Golo Kante, their star midfielder and linchpin of the team, suffered a debilitating injury that kept him side lined for a staggering eight months.
Mudryk might keep his palace despite poor form
Predicted Lineup: Arrizabalaga, Hall, Chalobah, Fofana, Azpilicueta(C), Fernandez, Mudryk, Gallagher, Chukwuemeka, Madueke, Havertz
Newcastle United finds themselves basking in the glory of a sensational season, brimming with confidence and high morale. Their campaign has been characterized by astute signings and a harmonious team that has gelled together seamlessly. While their recent form may not reflect their overall excellence, the Magpies remain undefeated in their last three matches. However, it is worth noting that they have faced some inconsistencies of late, with only two victories in their previous five outings.
Saint-Maximin might come on later in the game as a substitute
Predicted Lineup: Pope, Trippier (C), Schar, Botman, Burn, Longstaff, Guimaraes, Anderson, Almiron, Wilson, Isak
Chelsea's tumultuous season continues as they struggle defensively, conceding goals in their last 5 matches. With only one win in their last 5 games, they desperately aim to end the campaign on a high note at home.
Meanwhile, Newcastle United's strong form, with just one loss in their previous 5 outings, fuels their ambition to secure a victory. A draw seems likely in this closely contested encounter, setting the stage for an intense battle between two determined sides.