EPL: 5 games Thomas Tuchel must win to clinch 1st position in the premier league against Klopp or Guardiola
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Chelsea finished the Club World Cup in a better position than they could have expected.
During the Blues’ seven-day stay in Abu Dhabi, the trailing group failed to capitalise or leave Thomas Tuchel and co sweating in the chase for the top four.
Chelsea is still in third place and will be comfortable for the time being.
Tottenham lost to both Southampton and Wolves, West Ham defeated Watford but drew with Leicester, while Manchester United drew with both Burnley and Southampton.
Arsenal can still cut the deficit to only two points if they win their two remaining games against the Blues, but they still have a game against Tuchel’s side to play.
The Blues presently have 47 points with 14 matches left, which means they can earn no more than 89 points throughout their challenge.
Chelsea is now 16 points behind league leaders Manchester City, who have played one more game, and seven points behind Liverpool. Although the championship race is still a long way off, the competition for second is still very much alive, and a lot can happen in six matches.
Crystal Palace (A) – February 19
The Blues go to Selhurst Park in search of their second victory of the season against the Eagles, who will be missing Conor Gallagher.
Since December, Patrick Vieira’s squad has been winless in the league.
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Burnley (A) – March 5
The Premier League’s lowest team earned a point against Manchester United and were unlucky not to do so against Liverpool, who won 1-0 at the weekend.
The Blues will want to improve on their draw at Stamford Bridge.
Newcastle (H) – March 13
Chelsea easily defeated Newcastle in October, courtesy of two Reece James goals and a Jorginho penalty. Perhaps James will return in time to torture the Geordies once again, even though Eddie Howe’s team have improved significantly since the transfer window closed.
Norwich (A) – March 19
A team Chelsea dominated the sides’ previous meeting. The Canaries will be without Billy Gilmour, but their survival is arguably more precarious than many anticipated before Dean Smith’s arrival.
Brentford (H) – April 2
Brentford hasn’t won since their first match of the season against Aston Villa, but they’ll have the chance to gather momentum against the likes of Newcastle, Norwich, and Burnley before facing the Blues.