The race to join Manchester City and quite possibly Manchester United in next season’s Champions League seems to be rolling down the line after the last few top results over the weekend.
Chelsea made their own hopes, a world of good seeing their top four rivals West Ham in a pivotal London derby on Saturday, with Timo Werner’s goal separating the two full-time teams as Thomas Tuchel’s men moved away from three points for the Hammers with five games. to go.
Leicester City have strengthened their grip on third place after winning their last two games since being beaten by West Ham at the London Stadium and they have a four-point cushion at Chelsea in fourth place.
This weekend, the Blues face neighbors Fulham at Stamford Bridge, Leicester travel to Southampton out of form on Friday night while West Ham is out at Burnley on Monday night at 8:15 pm.
Tottenham and interim head coach Ryan Mason also cannot be excluded from the race in seventh place, five points behind Chelsea. Liverpool have slipped after conceding a late equalizer to Newcastle United last time around, but they are four points behind Thomas Tuchel’s side.
So how is the rest of the season going for the contenders? Below are their remaining encounters and some thoughts on the ones that could be crucial in the campaign for the rest of the way.
May 1: Fulham (H)
May 8: Man City (A)
May 12: Arsenal (H)
May 15: Leicester (H)
May 23: Aston Villa (A)
Chelsea have a tough run to finish the season and will therefore be looking to make big inroads this weekend by hosting Fulham at Stamford Bridge.
Back-to-back away games against Man City and Arsenal are crucial, while the penultimate home game of the season against Leicester, with supporters returning to Stamford Bridge by then, could also be massive in the context of the first four races.
May 1: Southampton (A)
May 8: Newcastle (H)
May 11: Man United (A)
May 15: Chelsea (A)
May 23: Tottenham (H)
The Foxes have already quit at the end of the campaign, but they showed signs of life last week, winning their last two games, but they have had three very difficult last games of the season, including one against Chelsea the May 15. at Stamford Bridge.
They will travel to Chelsea on May 15 in a big game, while hosting Tottenham on the last day of the season.
May 1: Burnley (A)
May 8: Everton (H)
May 11: Brighton (A)
May 15: West Brom (A)
May 23: Southampton (H)
David Moyes’ side are still flying high despite slipping at Chelsea this weekend, but, on paper, the Hammers have one of the most engaging clashes in the challengers, so you can’t rule them out at all just yet.
A late kick-off at Burnley on Monday night, especially after the Clarets crushed Wolves 4-0 on Sunday, is not a tempting prospect for East Londoners, as their home game against Everton on the 8th may be crucial.
May 1: Man United (A)
May 8: Southampton (H)
May 11: West Brom (A)
May 15: Burnley (A)
May 23: Crystal Palace (H)
Jurgen Klopp’s side have finally reached some form in the Premier League after a very difficult start in 2021.
Their last four games are highly winnable while their clash with Manchester United next week could be the key to their hopes of a top-four finish at the end of the season.
May 1: Sheffield United (H)
May 8: Leeds (A)
May 12: Wolves (H)
May 15: Aston Villa (H)
May 23: Leicester (A)
The North Londoners have sacked Jose Mourinho and are hoping interim managers Ryan Mason and Chris Powell can give them another managerial rebound and get them back into the race.
A hugely damaging loss to Manchester United and a draw with Everton saw their top four prospects slim down further, but they bounced back by beating Southampton in Mason’s opener in charge. They can’t be ruled out just yet, but it will take a superb end to the campaign to get into the top four. Harry Kane’s return to fitness is huge for them.
May 1: Aston Villa (H)
May 8: West Ham (A)
May 11: Sheffield United (H)
May 15: Wolves (H)
May 23: Man City (A)
Extremely inconsistent Everton will need to find some sort of consistency if they are to finish in the top four places in the division under Carlo Ancelotti.
The game with West Ham on May 8 will be critical to their success this season. Two of their last three games of the season are also at Goodison Park, so the Toffees will need to make the most of the home advantage, although they won’t want to leave it in the last game of the season against Man City.