Manchester United blew a massive opportunity to take pole position in the battle for a Top 4 Finish in Matchweek 35, when they were held to a 2-2 draw at home to Southampton on Monday night.
Solskjaer’s men couldn’t capitalise on massive slip ups from both Chelsea and Leicester, who both lost over the weekend.
And to further put a damper on United’s day, Manchester City had their Champions League ban for the following season overturned.
Prior to City’s successful appeal, it had looked like fifth place in the Premier League would see Champions League qualification. That comfort blanket for United, Chelsea, and Leicester has now gone.
Latest Top 4 Finish Betting after Matchweek 35
Ahead of Tuesday night’s home fixture against Norwich, Lampard’s Chelsea side and Man Utd are neck and neck in the betting, both at 1/4. Leicester are 6/4, and for the record, Wolves are 12/1.
A home match for Chelsea against relegated Norwich is just what the Doctor ordered for Lampard’s team. Their 3-0 defeat away to Sheffield United on Saturday was an awful performance.
Defeats and performances like this can really have an effect on the confidence of the players. It can’t be good for the manager’s self belief either.
And in fairness to Lampard, he surely only has himself to blame. Quite what he was doing leaving Olivier Giroud out for such an important match, I’ll never know.
With a home match against Norwich on the horizon, surely the latter match would have been the better time to rotate.
Anyway, Frank appears to have got away with that one. Defeat for Leicester, followed by Southampton’s last minute heroics, look to have got the Chelsea boss off the hook.
And speaking of managers on the hook, what on earth has happened to Brendan Rodgers and his Leicester team. In recent articles I’ve described Leicester as stuttering, that’s now a generous compliment.
What happened away at Bournemouth on Sunday night was nothing short of a total capitulation, it was absolutely shocking.
The Cherries do have plenty to play for, granted. But losing 4-1 to a team in the run of form Bournemouth currently are in, is a sure sign Leicester have gone. Their race looks to have already been well and truly run.
Leicester’s only saving grace is a home fixture against Solskjaer’s United on the final day of the season. Although at the moment, current form may see United out of sight by the time that fixture comes around.