??Chels?ea go into the final day with their top four hopes all but over, needing other results to go their way in order to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
Following their 1-1 draw at home to Huddersfield on Wednesday, the Blues need to win away at Newcastle and hope fourth-placed Liverpool improbably lose at home to Brighton on Sunday.
With the likely scenario consigning Chelsea to the Europa League, the deposed champions have had a poor season, and could see Antonio Conte leave west London at the end of the season after regular disputes with the board.
Here’s who the Italian could pick for the final-day trip to Tyneside.
?Thibaut Courtois has returned to training after a back injury, and should gain some much-needed minutes ahead of next week’s FA Cup final.
?Captain Gary Cahill has come back into the side after spending much of the season out of favour due to Andreas Christensen’s breakthrough. The 32-year-old will be hoping to be named in Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad next week and needs a good showing.
Cesar Azpilicueta and Antonio Rudiger have been nearly ever-present this season and will continue at centre-back.
?N’Golo Kante, ?voted the players’ player of the year on Thursday, should start as usual in central midfield. Antonio Conte has been favouring his preferred 3-5-2 towards the end of the season, and should pack the middle of the park with Cesc Fabregas and the fit-again Tiemoue Bakayoko.
Marcos Alonso and Victor Moses will fill their usual positions at wing-back.
?Conte was criticised for leaving out a tired Eden Hazard on Wednesday, and the subsequent 1-1 draw did nothing to change that. The Belgian should return to the starting line-up for the trip to face Rafa Benitez’s men.
Alvaro Morata started against Huddersfield and has recovered from injury, but in-form Olivier Giroud should be preferred with a chance to stake his starting claim for the FA Cup final.