Newcastle old-boy Alan Shearer fears Chelsea could deny his hometown club their Champions League dream.
The Magpies are currently locked in a battle with Arsenal, Tottenham and the Blues for the two places left up for grabs, with Manchester duo United and City already assured of first and second places in the Barclays Premier League table.
Alan Pardew's men currently occupy fourth, a position they could cement with victory at Wigan on Saturday.
However, Chelsea's remarkable semi-final victory over Barcelona on Tuesday night booked them a Champions League final clash with Bayern Munich on May 19, and should they win that game and finish outside the top four they would secure automatic qualification for next season's competition along with only the top three.
Shearer told the Journal: "It's amazing what Newcastle have done. I hope I am wrong, but it would be just Newcastle's luck to finish fourth and Chelsea go and win the Champions League.
"I obviously want Newcastle to finish fourth, but I would also like Chelsea to go on and win the Champions League after the season they have had - not if it's at Newcastle's expense of qualifying for the Champions League though. It's a tough scenario."