With the decision to overturn Manchester City’s ban from European football being announced, it has meant that the race for a top four finish and qualification for the Champions League has intensified more.
With just two games to play and only one point separating Chelsea, Leicester City and Manchester United, the stakes could not be higher. We preview each of these teams next Premier League games.
Tottenham Hotspur V Leicester City
With Chelsea facing Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-finals on Sunday, Leicester have the chance to steal a march on their top four rivals but face a tough trip to Tottenham with the game kicking off at 4pm on Sunday.
Leicester’s 2-0 defeat of Sheffield United in midweek ended a run of two games without a win and was much needed to keep them in fourth place. However, since returning from lockdown, the Foxes away form has been poor and they have not won any of their last three games on the road, which has included a 4-1 thumping at relegation threatened Bournemouth.
Tottenham are unbeaten in four games now and sit seventh, just one place behind Wolves as they try to qualify for next seasons Europa League. Harry Kane scored twice in Spurs midweek win at Newcastle and he could be the man to seriously dent the Foxes hopes of Champions League football next term.
Manchester United v West Ham
Manchester United have been the form side since the return from lockdown and have real momentum in the race for a top four finish.
The Red Devils welcome West Ham to Old Trafford on Wednesday night, in what could be a huge game for both clubs. Whatever has happened in the game at Tottenham on Sunday, United know they can go above Chelsea with a win, for a few hours at least, whilst West Ham may still need at least a point to ensure their Premier League survival.
United conceded a late goal against Southampton in their last game at home, drawing 2-2, which meant they were unable to go above Leicester. However, they bounced back in midweek with a 2-0 win at Crystal Palace thanks to goals from Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial – two names that are becoming very familiar on the United score sheet.
West Ham are likely to need to get a result at Old Trafford to ensure they’re in the Premier League again next season, but their record at United isn’t a good one having failed to win any of their past 14 visits. However, the Hammers did beat United 2-0 earlier this season thanks to goals from Andriy Yarmolenko and Aaron Cresswell.
Liverpool v Chelsea
By the time Chelsea play at Liverpool on Wednesday night, the Blues could have dropped to fifth place, depending on results elsewhere. It is the evening that Liverpool will be presented with the Premier League trophy, which could affect their focus, but Chelsea know they need to win this game.
Liverpool have visibly gone off the boil and have not won either of their last two games but will still win the title by a huge margin and could be dangerous following a week’s break.
Chelsea have been in mixed form of late, with three wins in their last five games, but they have also lost 3-2 at West Ham and 3-0 at Sheffield United during that run, pointing to defensive issues on the road.
If Liverpool are back to their best it could be tough night at Anfield for Frank Lampard’s men who will have the pressure of Champions League qualification weighing heavily on their shoulders.
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