Chelsea’s remaining fixtures compared with Man Utd, Liverpool, Tottenham and top four rivals


Chelsea were not in action in the Premier League at the weekend as they saw off Sheffield United 2-0 in the FA Cup to set up a semi final tie with Manchester City at Wembley in mid-April.

However, there were a couple of Premier League games that did take place that had an impact on the race for the top four, which will resume on the first weekend of April when the Blues hot West Brom at lunchtime on April 3.

West Ham, Chelsea’s nearest challengers for fourth place as the table stands, drew 3-3 in a rollercoaster clash with Arsenal in east London. The Hammers had raced into a 3-0 lead before the Gunners woke up and staged a spectacular comeback to secure a share of the spoils.

That game was West Ham and Arsenal’s game in hand over the Blues. Had West Ham won then they would have gone level on points with Chelsea in fourth as we reach the international break, but they are now two points behind the Blues having played the same number of games.

Thomas Tuchel, unbeaten in 4 games since taking charge of the Blues, also has a Champions League quarter final tie with Porto to negotiate, playing in Portugal on April 7 and the return leg in west London on the 13th.

Elsewhere in the Premier League, Spurs kept their top four hopes alive with a 2-0 win over Aston Villa, who have lost seven of their last 14 games. Jose Mourinho’s side ended a bad week which saw them dumped out of the Europa League amid claims of unrest in the dressing room by beating the Villains, who are struggling without their injured talisman Jack Grealish.

Club football takes a back seat for the next 11 days while World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers take place, though CONMEBOL has postponed it’s qualifiers in South America for Qatar 2022 thanks to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

So, how do the fixtures for the teams chasing a top four spot stack up for the big run-in when the league resumes next weekend?

Chelsea

Chelsea face lowly West Brom and Brighton in two of their next three league games but have a tricky trip to Crystal Palace sandwiched in between those two.

The visit to West Ham on April 24 could be a defining match for both sides before what looks like a very tough end to the campaign for Tuchel and his players.

They need to make the most of the upcoming three games in the league to tighten their grip on a top four spot.

03/04 – West Brom (H)

10/04 – Crystal Palace (A)

17/04 – Brighton (H)

24/04 – West Ham (A)

01/05 – Fulham (H)

08/05 – Man City (A)

12/05 – Arsenal (H)

15/05 – Leicester City (H)

23/05 – Aston Villa (A)

Man Utd

The Reds saw off West Ham 1-0 at Old Trafford in the league last time out to give themselves another two points on Chelsea after the the Blues could only manage a draw at Leeds.

United take their unbeaten away league record to Brighton after the international break before a big game against Spurs and former manager Mourinho. Two big matches in Leeds (A) and Liverpool (H) could define their season.

03/04 – Brighton (A)

10/04 – Tottenham (A)

17/04 – Burnley (H)

24/04 – Leeds (A)

01/05 – Liverpool (H)

08/05 – Aston Villa (A)

11/05 – Leicester City (H)

15/05 – Fulham (H)

23/05 – Wolves (A)

Everton

Three straight wins in the league had seen Carlo Ancelotti’s side firmly put themselves in the equation for the top four but they have lost their last two, one of them to Chelsea, to hit a bump in the road.

The Toffees need to reschedule a visit to Aston Villa in the not too distant future and have a big game on April 3 at Crystal Palace to get themselves back on the wagon and back into the top four race. Two tough games in mid-April at home to Spurs and away to Arsenal will be key.

03/04 – Crystal Palace (H)

10/04 – Brighton (A)

17/04 – Tottenham (H)

24/04 – Arsenal (A)

01/05 – Aston Villa (H)

08/05 – West Ham (A)

11/05 – Sheffield United (H)

15/05 – Wolves (H)

23/05 – Man City (A)

Aston Villa (A) date TBC

Leicester City

Kelechi Iheanacho and Youri Tielemans of Leicester City
Kelechi Iheanacho and Youri Tielemans of Leicester City

Brendan Rodgers’ men swatted aside Sheffield United 5-0 last time out in the league to gain a couple of points over Chelsea and remain third in the standings behind the two Manchester clubs.

The Foxes have a brutal end to the campaign however as they will play Man Utd, who they beat in the FA Cup on Sunday, Chelsea and Spurs in their final three matches.

Picking up points against West Brom, Crystal Palace, Southampton and Newcastle in April and May will be crucial to their hopes of a top four finish.

03/04 – Man City (H)

10/04 – West Ham (A)

17/04 – West Brom (H)

24/04 – Crystal Palace (H)

01/05 – Southampton (A)

08/05 – Newcastle United (H)

11/05 – Manchester United (A)

15/05 – Chelsea (A)

23/05 – Tottenham (H)

West Ham

David Moyes’ side are flying this season and are firmly in the race for the top four after an excellent season in east London. That said, they will look back at Sunday’s 3-3 draw against Arsenal having been 3-0 up as a massive missed opportunity. Had they won, they would have drawn level on points with Chelsea.

The Hammers have a very pleasant looking run-in as they take on three struggling teams in Brighton, West Brom and Southampton. Cheklsea’s visit to London Stadium on April 24 is a pivotal game for both sides.

03/04 – Wolves (A)

10/04 – Leicester City (H)

17/04 – Newcastle United (A)

24/04 – Chelsea (H)

01/05 – Burnley (A)

08/05 – Everton (H)

11/05 – Brighton (A)

15/05 – West Brom (A)

23/05 – Southampton (H)

Liverpool

Liverpool’s win over Wolves in the Premier League last time out kept their hopes of a top four finish alive as they sit five points behind Chelsea.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have an enticing set of fixtures for their run-in if they are still in the race with four games to go. Their trip to Manchester United in early April could be a key game for both sides.

03/04 – Arsenal (A)

10/04 – Aston Villa (H)

17/04 – Leeds (A)

24/04 – Newcastle United (H)

01/05 – Manchester United (A)

08/05 – Southampton (H)

11/05 – West Brom (A)

15/05 – Burnley (A)

23/05 – Crystal Palace (H)

Tottenham Hotspur

Three straight wins had put Jose Mourinho’s side back into the top four equation after an up and down campaign in north London before being beaten 2-1 by bitter rivals Arsenal at the weekend.

However, Spurs bounced back on Sunday by wining their game in hand over Aston Villa to put an uneasy week for Mourinho to bed.

They face tough away games at Everton and Leicester City after the international break, with Manchester United at home also potentially a decisive game.

03/04 – Newcastle United (A)

10/04 – Manchester United (H)

17/04 – Everton (A)

01/05 – Sheffield United (H)

08/05 – Leeds United (A)

12/05 – Wolves (H)

15/05 – Aston Villa (H)

23/05 – Leicester City (A)

TBC – Southampton (H)





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