Chelsea’s defeat to Liverpool, along with Manchester United’s inability to beat West Ham at Old Trafford on the same night, has ensured the battle for the Top 4, and Champions League places, is going right down to the final match of the season.
Sunday will see Battle for Top 4 finally decided
Manchester United are currently in 3rd place on 63 points, ahead of Chelsea – in 4th place – on goal difference only. Leicester currently sit in 5th place on 62 points.
In a funny way the 1-1 draw with West Ham makes little difference to the overall situation between Leicester and the Red Devils. As it stands a draw or a win for United away at Leicester guarantees them finishing above the Foxes.
Had United beaten the Hammers at Old Trafford earlier, this still would have been the case. The two sides meet at the KP Stadium on Sunday in a winner takes all match.
For Frank Lampard’s team, a point at Anfield would have guaranteed the Blues a Top 4 finish. And despite the 5-3 defeat, this is still the situation for Chelsea, as a point at home to Wolves on Sunday will be enough.
If United win away at Leicester, then Chelsea can even lose and still finish in the Top 4.
Even though Lampard had the supposed free hit this season, not making the Top 4 from where Chelsea were a couple of week’s back would be a disaster.
And the same could probably be said about Manchester United, given their recent run of form. In the Red Devils’ last 2 home matches, they have only managed draws to Southampton (2-2) and West Ham (1-1), respectively.
Leicester have struggled since Christmas
In reality, both United and Chelsea have been helped by Leicester blowing up. It’s easy to say that the Foxes have struggled since the resumption. But the truth is, the implosion started well before the league got suspended.
In the 9 Premier League matches between the start of 2020, and up to the lock down, Leicester won 3, drew 2, and lost 4. Hardly Top 4 form, and since the resumption, it hasn’t much improved for Brendan Rodgers’ team.
Since Christmas, Leicester have been in gradual free fall. The huge lead they had keeping them in the Top 3 has slowly vanished. And the Foxes are now outside of the Top 4, in 5th place.
They do have one last chance at redemption on Sunday though. A win over Manchester United on Sunday will render most of the above irrelevant, as it will ensure a Top 4 finish.
In the latest football betting, Chelsea are the favourites for one of the two Top 4 places. Frank Lampard’s Blues are just 1/10 to make the Top 4, and next season’s Champions League.
Manchester United are next, they are 2/9, with Leicester the outsiders at 6/4. It promises to be an intriguing final day of the season.