Chelsea’s next six Premier League games vs Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal
Chelsea face an important end to the season as the Blues look to close the gap on runaway leaders Liverpool and Manchester City. Thomas Tuchel’s side currently sit third in the Premier League, but the battle for Champions League football is far from over.
Arsenal are now eight points behind the Blues and sit in fifth place after their loss to Brighton, although fourth-placed Tottenham are five points behind Chelsea but have played one game more. Behind the North London duo, West Ham and Manchester United occupy sixth and seventh places respectively.
After the west London side lost to City earlier in January and several draws along the way, Tuchel’s side created their own one-team bronze medal league. However, many of Chelsea’s final games are against a side keen to secure Champions League football or protect themselves from relegation. In this spirit, football.london compares Chelsea’s next six Premier League fixtures to their rivals.
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Arsenal (H) – April 20
Chelsea were two nil wins last time out with Arsenal, and the Blues’ fluid football soon saw Thomas Tuchel’s side emerge as Premier League contenders. Romelu Lukaku stole the show and it looked like the Belgian was the final piece of the puzzle.
However, since then the West Londoners have not been as successful as initially expected despite having a very good campaign. Mikel Arteta’s side, which struggled for form in the reverse fight, have since made giant strides and probably fought well.
West Ham (H) – April 24
Close, but not close enough. Chelsea lost 3-2 last time out to the Hammers after an Edouard Mendy error handed David Moyes’ side a penalty to open their account.
Although he has often been Tuchel’s saving grace, the Senegal international has been the victim of yet another lapse in judgement. Mendy was left helpless after Arthur Masuaku snuck in an attempt to give West Ham the three points at the near post.
Everton (A) – May 1
When Chelsea last faced Everton, Rafa Benitez was in the dugout. Now it’s the Blues’ all-time top scorer, Frank Lampard.
Last time out, Tuchel’s side enjoyed 81% possession and sprinkled the Toffees goal. But with Lampard a boss focused on possession and pressing, Chelsea can expect to see possession in more dangerous areas of the pitch.
Wolves (H) – May 7
Another team that Chelsea failed to snatch three points from. Tuchel’s side were held to a goalless draw at Molineux last time out, even though it was that game after Covid hit.
The Blues were down to nothing and only had four outfield players on the bench. Daniel Podence, who loves a game against Chelsea, has proven to be a threat like never before and will probably be one to watch again.
Leeds United (A) – May 11
Goals, goals and more goals. The floodgates have always opened of late when Chelsea and Leeds have met; last time out, Jorginho secured the Blues a crucial three 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 US boss has seemingly rejuvenated Leeds’ Premier League survival hopes, although they face City and Arsenal ahead of Chelsea in what could prove incredibly telling.
The City of Leicester (H) – May 19
FA Cup final redemption, take two. Chelsea smothered Leicester City 3-0 when the two teams 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, the Blues will likely be looking to rack up the misery in contention to secure Champions League football. The Foxes have struggled against the opposition rally for Champions League football this season with defeats to Arsenal, Liverpool and Spurs since the start of the new year.
Manchester City’s next six games
Leeds United (A)
Newcastle United (H)
West Ham (A)
Liverpool’s next six games
Manchester City (A)
Manchester United (H)
Newcastle United (A)
Villa Aston (A)
Arsenal’s next six games
Manchester United (H)
West Ham (A)
Leeds United (H)