They may have believed there was a chance to sneak back into the top four after their win over Liverpool a week ago, but if you have genuine ambitions to play in the Champions League then you should be beating Huddersfield Town at home.
The draw against the Terriers means only defeat for Liverpool at home to already safe Brighton will hand Chelsea any real hope of the top four, the Reds boasting a 15-goal superior goal difference.
Manager Antonio Conte pointed out that it was becoming increasingly difficult to finish in the top four, with the ‘big six’ all spending extravagantly to chase the Champions League places.
Whatever happens on Sunday, Conte’s time at Stamford Bridge appears to be drawing to a close but he will be remembered as a Premier League winning manager.
His recent selections, however, are remembered for all the wrong reasons: in-form striker Olivier Giroud and Chelsea’s most creative player Eden Hazard were somewhat bizarrely left out of the starting XI in midweek, and both should start at St James’ Park.
The Blues have also handed an injury boost with Thibaut Courtois recovering from a back injury; he will come in to replace Willy Caballero.
Newcastle have not picked up a point since they secured safety with a 2-1 win over Arsenal on April 15, but they did show an improvement in performance in their 1-0 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur in midweek.
Rafa Benitez endured a difficult spell as temporary manager of Chelsea back in 2012/13, and he will demand maximum effort from every one of his players for their last league game of the season, in front of their own fans.
Winger Kenedy’s spell at the Magpies is effectively over with his unavailability against his parent club and Jacob Murphy is likely to replace the Brazilian.
Newcastle 3-2 Chelsea
Based on recent social performance who makes the combined XI?
"I believe that when one day I look back, certainly I will be very proud of what I have done."-Arsene Wenger pic.twitter.com/LY0pkK8Gh7— Danny WelBeast (@WelBeast) April 21, 2018
Passion, respect and success- that is what Arsene Wenger is all about. Thank u for what you've done for us at @Arsenal and the football world. ⚽️ I'm grateful for everything you've taught me & all the trust you've put in me no matter how difficult the situation was.Merci Boss! pic.twitter.com/2KyoLyWrVT— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) April 20, 2018