Chelsea are still holding on to the top four, despite a rocky start to 2020 that has seen just two Premier League victories – but most importantly they beat Tottenham to ensure they brushed off a direct rival, for now anyway.
With Frank Lampard juggling injuries and rotation in the Chelsea squad it’s been far from plain sailing for the new Blues boss and the next 10 games will be huge if the former midfielder is to continue in the job next season without pressure.
So what do Chelsea need to do to finish in the Premier League top four? Ideally win all their remaining games, but that isn’t very likely considering the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool, Wolves and Sheffield United are in that run-in.
Currently Chelsea have a three-point advantage over Manchester United and Wolves, but Sheffield United could move to within two if they win their game in-hand.
The magic points total number to guarantee top four and Champions League football for Chelsea in 74 – Sheffield United, should they win that game in-hand, can finish on a maximum total points of 73, for Manchester United and Wolves it’s 72.
Chelsea can finish on a maximum number of 75 points, but it’s unlikely that the Blues are about to put a 10 game winning sequence together, and the same can be said of all the chasing-pack who are struggling to get the job done in catching the west Londoners.
Chelsea are facing a huge uphill battle to come back from 3-0 loss to Bayern Munich in Europe this season, and that extra recovery, should they exit the Champions League, could benefit them in this top-four chase. Liverpool, Man City, Wolves and Manchester United – all rivals in this run-in are looking to go deep in the Champions League and Europa League, so the mood will be a confident one at Stamford Bridge.
Everton (h)
Aston Villa (a)
Man City (h)
West Ham United (a)
Watford (h)
Crystal Palace (a)
Sheffield United (a)
Norwich (h)
Liverpool (a)
Wolves (h)

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