Journalist John Gibson has claimed that it will be a ‘great shame’ for Newcastle United if lose their final game before the winter break.
Up to this point in the season, the Magpies have probably exceeded all expectations (although their huge influx of wealth had raised them) and consequently sit third in the Premier League.
Indeed, they have just one game to play before the World Cup and if they win that match against Chelsea, they will sit in a Champions League place going into the second half of the campaign.
However, during the week, they met Crystal Palace in the Carabao Cup and only snuck into the next game on penalties after an ‘iffy’ display. That is how Gibson described the game and he has warned Newcastle must maintain their good momentum with a result against the Blues.
While speaking on the Everything is Black and White podcast, he said (32:13): “It would be a great shame for the owners, for Eddie Howe, and for all the playing staff if on the last game before a six-week break, or whatever it is, we flopped.