Simply when Chelsea followers thought their staff had comfortably secured a prime 4 spot, the Blues contributed to their very own downfall. Their closest rival, Arsenal, had misplaced three Premier League video games in a row when Chelsea welcomed the Gunners to Stamford Bridge. The hosts gifted the north London facet the sport, together with 4 objectives, all of which got here from particular person errors by Thomas Tuchel’s gamers. Despite the fact that some followers would say that the membership’s five-point hole with a sport in hand is sufficient, the truth is that the Champions League spot is much from safe.
The Blues are struggling for kind, particularly at Stamford Bridge, so this facet can drop factors no matter which staff they face on any given day. Mathematically, the membership requires 14 factors from the remaining seven fixtures to safe a prime 4 place. Nevertheless, seeing because the Gunners nonetheless have video games towards Tottenham and Manchester United, let’s simply assume that the 70-point mark might be sufficient within the grand scheme of issues. Sadly, if Wednesday’s efficiency is any indication of how the season is about to finish, all Chelsea followers might want to maintain their breath.
As for this weekend’s customer, West Ham, the Irons are flying excessive proper now. The squad from the opposite facet of the English capital is into the semifinals of the Europa League, making ready to face German facet, Eintracht Frankfurt. West Ham can also be simply 5 factors adrift of fourth place within the Premier League having performed a sport greater than Arsenal and Spurs. Due to this fact, the Irons’ possibilities of securing a prime 4 end are somewhat slim. Regardless, West Ham would undoubtedly like to do a league double on its west London rival this season.
The previous has seen Chelsea and West Ham cut up the collection over the past six conferences, together with a win within the reverse fixture this season. This clearly reveals the meteoric rise of the Irons below David Moyes. West Ham now has a reasonably good likelihood to win the Europa League and play within the Champions League subsequent season, hopefully alongside the reigning Champions of Europe.