Rafa Benitez will return to Stamford Bridge on Sunday keen to rile the Chelsea fans who gave him so much grief during his tenure then some years ago. With his Newcastle side facing a relegation battle in the league, a win away to the league champions will provide some more-than-welcome respite from the turmoil the Magpies find themselves in.
Chelsea themselves will be wanting to bounce back from a disappointing defeat to Arsenal in the Carabao Cup semi-final, and a win in the league will do equally well in distracting from their equally disappointing league form, as well as the storm surrounding Antonio Conte’s disparagement of Ross Barkley during that semi-final defeat.
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