With the known parcour in the Premier League, Chelsea know they are playing for pride only after their title hopes got to an end after the defeat at Manchester United. Till here, Newcastle United have managed just one point from a possible 12 on the road.
After this game, a Chelsea win would leave third-placed Arsenal needing a lot of luck, since the Blues’ goal difference is already seven better than that of the Gunners. It would also confirm the Blues have finished in the top three and qualified for the group stage of the Champions League yet again this year.
“We’ll go to Chelsea full of confidence because we’ve got nothing to lose now. The only thing we’re playing for now is league position and we can go there in a relaxed mood.” Ryan Taylor (Newcastle) said.
Chelsea: Cech, Ferreira, Terry, Luiz, Alex, Ivanovic, Zhirkov, Cole, Zhirkov, Mikel, Essien, Ramires, Lampard, Benayoun, Kalou, Malouda, Anelka, Torres, Drogba, Turnbull.
Newcastle United: Krul, Soderberg, Simpson, Ferguson, Enrique, Coloccini, S. Taylor, R. Taylor, Barton, Gutierrez, Vuckic, Tavernier, Richardson, Lovenkrands, Shola Ameobi, Ranger, Kuqi, LuaLua, McDermott, Donaldson, Sammy Ameobi.