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Chelsea’s next three Premier League fixtures compared to Arsenal and Tottenham in top-four race

Chelsea’s next three Premier League games could be vital in the Blues’ hunt for Champions League football next season

Chelsea faces an important end to the season as the Blues look to distance themselves from Arsenal and Tottenham. Thomas Tuchel’s side currently sits third in the Premier League, but the battle for Champions League football is far from over.

The Gunners are now just four points behind the Blues and sit fourth with a game in hand following their win over West Ham. Spurs, who sit fifth, are five points off of Chelsea. Behind the north London duo sit Manchester United and West Ham in sixth and seventh, respectively.

Following the west London side’s defeat to City earlier in January and several draws along the way, Tuchel’s side threw themselves into the mix for top-four, despite looking in the clear.

However, many of Chelsea’s final games are against side’s that are eager to finish the season strongly. With that in mind, football.london compares the Blues’ next three Premier League fixtures to their rivals.

Leeds United (A) – May 11

Goals, goals and even more goals. The floodgates have always opened in recent times when Chelsea and Leeds have met; last time out, Jorginho secured the Blues three crucial points with a penalty in the fourth minute of injury time.

Marcelo Bielsa has since moved on, and Jesse Marsch is now in charge. The American boss has seemingly rejuvenated Leeds’ hopes of survival in the Premier League, though they face City and Arsenal before Chelsea, which could prove incredibly telling.

Leicester City (H) – May 19

FA Cup final redemption, take two. Chelsea smothered Leicester City 3-0 when the two sides met in November, thanks to goals from Antonio Rudiger, N’Golo Kante and Christian Pulisic.

While the 2021 FA Cup final is far from raw anymore, the Blues will likely be looking to pile on the misery in the running to secure Champions League football.

The Foxes struggled against opposition rallying for Champions League football this season with losses to Arsenal, Liverpool and Spurs since the turn of the new year.

The Hornet have only ever beaten the Blues once since the turn of the new millennium, with a win in February 2018 when Tiemoué Bakayoko was sent off inside the opening half an hour.

While this may seem an easy game for Chelsea in the race for Champions League qualification, Watford’s training ground is just a stone’s throw away from London Colney, Arsenal – the plot thickens.

Arsenal’s next four games

Leeds United (H)

Tottenham (A)

Newcastle United (A)

Everton (H)

Tottenham’s next three game

Arsenal (H)

Burnley (H)

Norwich (A)

With Tottenham drawing against Liverpool last night, they can now acquire 71 points if they win their remaining fixtures with a trip to Arsenal next. If Chelsea beat Leeds on Wednesday, it would mean if Tottenham drop any more points top four would be secured. If Tottenham lose another game and Thomas Tuchels side picks up one more point, then top four is secure for the Blues with a superior goal difference advantage.

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