Mark Lawrenson is tipping Chelsea FC to end their season on a high note by beating Newcastle United 2-0 at St James’ Park on Sunday afternoon.
The Blues suffered a blow to their hopes of finishing in the top four this season when they were held to a frustrating 1-1 draw by Huddersfield Town at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.
That result means that Chelsea FC will miss out on a top four finish if Liverpool FC avoid defeat against Brighton at Anfield on Sunday afternoon.
Chelsea FC must beat Newcastle United to have any hope of finishing in the top four this season and former Liverpool FC star Lawrenson is backing Antonio Conte’s men to get the job done on Sunday afternoon.
Writing in his column for BBC Sport, Lawrenson said: “Chelsea have underachieved this season and I cannot see Antonio Conte being in charge of the Blues at the start of the next campaign.
“Unfortunately for Newcastle fans, it is not clear whether Rafa Benitez will still be their manager by then either.
“Benitez has done a great job and he will be happy if he gets some money to spend in the transfer market, so it is a no-brainer to try to keep him, surely.
“Newcastle have not picked up another point since they passed the 40-point mark a few weeks ago. They have lost four games in a row, but that doesn’t matter because it is job done – they are safe.
“I don’t see the Magpies returning to winning ways on Sunday, either. It would be just like Chelsea to put in a silky performance this week, but they have not done that often enough this season.”
Chelsea FC are still aiming to win a trophy this season and they will take on Manchester United in the FA Cup final at the end of the month.
The Blues are looking set to have to settle for a place in the Europa League next season after a disappointing second campaign under Conte at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea FC won the Premier League title in style under Conte last term.
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