Chelsea end a disppointing 2017/2018 English Premier League campaign on Tyneside on Sunday afternoon when they take on Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle United.

The Blues still have slim hopes of finishing fourth in the table should they beat The Magpies and Liverpool lose at home to Brighton and Hove Albion.

Newcastle United will be without defender Ciaran Clark for the match with the defender still battling a knee injury. Midfielder Christian Atsu is also out with the same complaint while on loan Chelsea attacker Kenedy is ineligible to face his parent club. Islam Slimani, who was on loan at St James’ Park from Leicester City has returned to the former English Premier League champions.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is again without defensive duo David Luiz and Ethan Ampadu for the long trip north.

Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is set to pass a late fitness test after missing the midweek draw with Huddersfield Town through injury while Gary Cahill, Victor Moses, Eden Hazard and Olivier Giroud could be recalled to the starting XI.

Chelsea are looking to complete the treble over Newcastle United this season after beating them 3-1 at Stamford Bridge in the English Premier League in December and 3-0 in the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round at the same venue.

The match is scheduled to kick-off at 3pm and will be screened live on Sky Sports Premier League.

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