Newcastle must keep Benitez, says Lascelles

Nicolai Jorgensen of Feyenoord celebrates after scoring during the Eredivisie match between Feyenoord and AZ Alkmaar at The Kuip Stadium Rotterdam

Newcastle must keep Benitez, says Lascelles

They now occupy the tenth position with 41 points, and it can be argued that Rafa Benitez has done a decent with the Magpies this season. The Blues were struggling badly at that point, collecting just six points from their previous seven games, but it is testament to the quality Antonio Conte has in his squad that they hauled themselves back into the race, which has been between themselves, Spurs, whose win over Newcastle on Wednesday confirmed their qualification, and Liverpool. If Hazard gets the better of Yedlin, The Magpies will have a long night at St James' this weekend.

Liverpool could put the final nail in their coffin with a point at home to Brighton, and Conte has been less than committal over his long-term future at the club.

Chelsea will play against Manchester United in the FA Cup Final later this month.

Chelsea pay a visit to St. James' Park on Sunday afternoon to face Newcastle United in our final Premier League fixture of the season.

Lascelles has been outstanding in the heart of Benitez's defence this season.

When Rafa joined he reignited something that has been missing from the club for years and with him here, he has ignited the passion or spirit in others.

Nicolai Jorgensen of Denmark looks on before the International Friendly match between Denmark and Panama at Brondby Stadion

"Unfortunately for Newcastle fans, it is not clear whether Rafa Benitez will still be their manager by then either".

Keeping hold of Rafael Benitez should be Newcastle United's top priority in the off-season, according to Jonjo Shelvey.

Former Blues winger Christian Atsu will also miss the game through injury, so Jacob Murphy should start.

Thibaut Courtois is expected to replace Willy Cabellero in the Chelsea net after recovering from a back injury. On the other hand, Newcastle have won once in their last five outings, including four consecutive losses.

Newcastle were the better side against Tottenham and should really have taken something from the game.

While it is hard and no longer looking realistic, it must be said that Chelsea stillhave a fighting chance to qualify for the Champions League next season. We have to start working on that - each one will be different. Eden Hazard is an alternative option at 10/7 odds at Unibet.

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