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

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Jonjo Shelvey could play himself into England manager Gareth Southgate's plans for the World Cup with a good showing against the Blues.

"It would be just like Chelsea to put in a silky performance this week, but they have not done that often enough this season".

Fourth-placed Liverpool are two points ahead of Chelsea and, given their vastly superior goal difference, will condemn the Blues to the Europa League next season if they avoid defeat against Brighton at Anfield.

In their last six trips to St. James' Park, Chelsea have lost thrice, shared points on a couple of occasions and have won just once, which was back in 2011 when the London based outfit secured a 3-0 win over the Geordies.

"Probably I can change something, but not because I am thinking about the FA Cup final, only because someone could be exhausted after two tough games in three days".

Sky Sports will show three live games on the final day of the Premier League season as top-four and relegation issues are settled.

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.

Speaking to the press, the Spaniard said: "I said to my players today that (Sunday) will be important". Various off field factors have had an impact on their form, too, and while the home side will be looking to end a run of four straight defeats, the way the season has progressed could hardly have been better and that is reflected in Benitez's fully deserved nomination for Manager of the Year.

"I don't see the Magpies returning to winning ways on Sunday, either". Kenedy will be the only player to miss out as he is ineligible to play against his parent club, Chelsea. Leicester loanee Islam Slimani is also unavailable having already returned to the East Midlands due to a three-match ban he received for violent conduct.

The visitors should welcome back Thibaut Courtois, who sat out the Huddersfield clash with a back problem. Eden Hazard is an alternative option at 10/7 odds at Unibet.

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