Chelsea continued their excellent unbeaten run in the Premier League with a thrilling 2-2 draw against London rivals West Ham United last weekend.
The Blues are yet to lose a single Premier League game since the arrival of Guus Hiddink. Although the Dutchman would have liked a few more wins instead of the draws, there is no doubt that the Premier League champions have improved a lot since the departure of fans favourite Jose Mourinho.
Chelsea have played 14 Premier League (Draw 8, Win 6) games under Hiddink since he joined in December.
Chelsea are currently 10th in the Premier League table, ten points adrift of fourth-placed Manchester United. If not for the catastrophic start under Mourinho, the Londoners could have had a genuine shot at top four with how this season has gone.
However, Chelsea have a series of vital Premier League games coming up and the champions could still have a major part to play in the top four as well as the Premier League title race.
Chelsea remaining fixtures this season
Chelsea are yet to play the top teams in the league and both Spurs and Leicester will be worried about the resurgent blues. Despite their current form, both sides will be under a lot of pressure coming to Stamford Bridge knowing that a defeat could be the end of their race.
Chelsea have improved all across the park over the last few months and there is no reason why that cannot continue against the top teams in the division. They have shown that they are well capable of competing against the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City over the last few weeks.
The Blues will also travel to Anfield towards the end of the season, a must-watch game given Chelsea’s rise back up the table.
After a humiliating 3-1 defeat against Jurgen Klopp’s side at home earlier this season, Chelsea will be out looking for revenge. The Londoners have done well at Anfield under Mourinho (unbeaten in their last four visits) and will look to extend that run under their new manager.
A troubled Manchester City side will also visit Stamford Bridge next month and it could be worrying for Pellegrini’s side if they do not turn things around soon. The Manchester outfit could well miss out on a top-four finish if their current form holds up.
Furthermore, Chelsea have done well against City at the Bridge and will be full of confidence heading into this one after thrashing the visitors in the FA Cup earlier this season.
Guus Hiddink’s side are perfectly capable of doing well in most of their remaining games and should be able to win the ones against Villa, Swansea, Bournemouth and Sunderland.
Finishing this season strongly and providing the new manager (Antonio Conte, supposedly) a platform to build on for next season will be their main objective for now.
Aston Villa – Win
Swansea – Win
Manchester City – Win
Bournemouth – Win
Spurs – Draw
Sunderland – Win
Liverpool – Draw
Leicester City – Draw
Final Premier League position: 8th
Guus Hiddink’s side should be able to end their season unbeaten under him. Despite their tricky fixture list involving the title contenders, top four aspirants and the relegation-threatened sides, Chelsea have enough quality to come out on top.