Mark Lawrenson says that Chelsea have underachieved with Antonio Conte this season and will be sacked, which is interesting, as the West London side finished 10th before he arrived and they won the Premier League a year ago, plus could still finish fourth this season and win the FA Cup.
It reminds me a little bit of these rubbish TV documentaries where very rich families talk about how tedious things can get, whilst they interact with somebody struggling to make ends meet.
Speaking of Rafa Benitez and Newcastle United…Mark Lawrenson says ‘he will be happy if gets some money to spend.’
That of course depends on how much of course.
Lawrenson says it is a ‘no-brainer’ for Mike Ashley to try and keep his manager but we have seen little evidence of that so far.
The BBC Sport pundit thinks it will be a comfortable 2-0 win for Chelsea and says it would be just like them to now put in ‘a silky performance’, giving the impression he is totally unaware that actually Chelsea are the Premier League team in best form at the minute.
Conte’s players have won four of their last five matches, including beating Liverpool, who are their rivals for the final Champions League spot.
Newcastle are undefeated against Chelsea at home since 2011 and of course Jose Mourinho famously has never won at St James Park in the Premier League.
This sounds as though it is likely to be Antonio Conte’s one and only chance to do so, a match that in the end may be seen as meaningless in the future, but major decisions to be made at both clubs this summer.
Mark Lawrenson talking to BBC Sport:
“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.
“Prediction is Newcastle 0 Chelsea 2.”
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