May 10, 2021

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Premier League 2020/21: Final Four Games and qualification for the Champions League



The Premier League finals are fast approaching and there’s not much left to play.

Manchester City are one victory away from the end of the title, while Fulham and West Bromwich Albion have to be nearly perfect to have any chance of survival.

However, the race for places in the Champions League is still wide open. Man City have already booked their place in next year’s competition, and Manchester United also look pretty secure.

That leaves two spots remaining, with up to six clubs battling for the top four. Here’s what the run-in looks like for each of these clubs.

Leicester City

Leicester are in third place in the last four games

Current position: 3rd, 63 points

As of now, Leicester’s position is the safest. With only four games to go, they are five points ahead of fifth place.

However, they arguably have the toughest race of the six competing clubs. They will then face Newcastle United, who are not yet safe, then follow with a trip to Old Trafford.

Their last two games of the season also face opposition from the “Big Six”, against Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur. Not to mention that they have to worry about an FA Cup final, also against Chelsea.

Brendan Rodgers’ men narrowly missed out on a Champions League berth last season, having appeared nailed for a top-four spot at one point. They hope to exorcise this demon this time around.

Chelsea

Chelsea still take part in three competitions

Current position: 4th, 61 points

Under Frank Lampard, Chelsea’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League looked slim. They sat in ninth place when the club legend was removed.

The appointment of Thomas Tuchel changed their fortunes and they now seem on their way to reaching the top four.

Except after a nightmarish afternoon against West Brom, the German has had a great time in the Premier League. In his 15 league outings, Tuchel has accumulated 32 points, keeping 11 clean sheets.

Much like Leicester, the Blues also have their last four tough games. They start with a trip to Man City, elected Champions, before a home game against Arsenal.

Their last two face Leicester and Aston Villa. In reverse games, Chelsea have only collected one point.

In addition, Tuchel also has two other major trophies to worry about. They will face Leicester in the FA Cup final and have a Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid, as well as a possible final.

If they end up outside the top four but win the Champions League, they will still qualify, and the fourth team will join the Europa League.

West Ham United

Lingard’s arrival has been huge for West Ham

Current position: 5th, 58 points

No one really knows how it turned out, but West Ham finished fifth. As it stands, they are on track to equal their best Premier League result. And they did it all without a natural attacker.

Back-to-back losses to Newcastle and Chelsea cast doubt on their challenge for the top four, but a victory at Burnley on Monday night brought them back among the contenders.

Their next game arrives at home at Everton before finishing against Brighton and Hove Albion, West Brom and Southampton.

It is very likely that the last three will have nothing to play. And, without other distractions, it would be unwise to underestimate the hammers.

If he guided them to a Champions League spot, David Moyes would be the favorite for the manager of the year award.

Tottenham Hotspur

Champions League qualification could be huge for Tottenham if they want to keep Harry Kane

Current position: 6th, 56 points

Do you remember when Tottenham was at the top of the league? It feels like it was so long ago now.

The Lilywhites have been rather poor since their loss at Anfield in December, but still have a chance of reaching the Champions League.

They’ll be keen to win their next three games, facing Leeds United, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Aston Villa. They end the season with a potentially decisive away game against Leicester.

Qualifying in the Champions League could be vital for Spurs. Recent reports suggest star man Harry Kane would look to walk away from the club if he fails to finish in the top four.

Liverpool

Liverpool’s title defense did not go as planned

Current position: 7th, 54 points (with a game in hand)

Liverpool’s title defense has been a bit of a car crash. They started off well, ending up at the top of the table over Christmas, but have since gone on a nightmarish scramble. It’s a good thing that no writer expects them to run away again (* GORGEOUS *).

Despite their disastrous home form, which has only seen them win just one of their last ten league games at Anfield, they are still not excluded from the competition.

Sunday’s postponed game against Man United is their toughest game left. The other four come against Southampton, West Brom, Burnley and Crystal Palace. Jurgen Klopp is expected to aim for at least 13 points from these games.

Everton

Everton still have an outside chance to make the top four

Current position: 8th, 52 points (with a game in hand)

Four games in the season, and it looked like Everton fans were going to have an unforgettable season. They had a 100% record, scoring 12 goals.

Things haven’t gone so well since then, but they still have a chance to make the top four – although their recent streak of one win in their past six years has cast that into question.

On Sunday, they travel to London Stadium to face West Ham. If they lose that, their Champions League pursuit is all but over.

If they win, however, they could be back in the mix. They face Aston Villa away from home, before hosting Sheffield United and Wolves at Goodison Park.

They end the season with a trip to the Etihad Stadium, against a Man City side who will almost certainly win the Premier League trophy that day.

Also read: Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United topped Premier League debt list.