Premier League countdown: Comparing Chelsea, Man United and Leicester's remaining fixtures
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Premier League countdown: Comparing Chelsea, Man United and Leicester's remaining fixtures

Since Liverpool lifted the English Premier League title, focus unsurprisingly shifted to Champions League qualification and the relegation battle, and it has not disappointed a single bit. 

Chelsea, Leicester, Manchester United, and by extension Wolves, are embroiled in a four-way battle for a Champions League spot, with the situation compounded by Monday's decision by CAS to lift Man City's ban. 

Before Monday's decision, a fifth-finish could have been enough to buy a Champions League ticket, but that is not the case anymore and the three teams have to fight for the remaining two tickets. 

Chelsea boosted their chances of picking one of the tickets with a narrow 1-0 win on Tuesday night which gave them a four-point lead over the other two challengers. 

Prior to the match at Stamford Bridge, Man United looked set to climb to third after the Blues and the Foxes surprisingly fell to defeats away Sheffield and Bournemouth last weekend. 

Ole Gunnar's men needed a win against Southampton on Monday to move to third but blew their chance as a late Michael Obafemi goal forced a 2-2 draw. 

So, ahead of the last three rounds, how is the fixture schedule?

🔵 Chelsea

The Blues heavily benefited from Manchester United and Leicester City's slip-ups and look set to seal a place after a nervy win over Norwich. 

They, however, face two heavyweights including one against the new Premier League champions, Liverpool

Frank Lampard's men can, however, afford to drop points and still qualify if the closest challengers, Man United and Leicester fail to pick maximum points in their remaining matches.

One other factor that could play in their advantage is the last day's clash between Man United and Leicester, where they can count on one of the two dropping points. 

Remaining fixtures; 

  • Liverpool vs Chelsea - 22nd
  • Chelsea vs Wolves 26th

🦊Leicester

The Foxes have the toughest run-ins compared to their rivals. They face Sheffield away on Thursday, before a trip to London against Jose Mourinho's Tottenham.

Their last match, which might be the most important in their quest to feature in Europe will be against Manchester United, even though by then there's a possibility a clear picture would have been drawn, depending on the results.

If they fail to qualify, Brendan Rodgers' men can only blame themselves for their complacency and inability to finish the job when they had a chance.  

Remaining fixtures

  • Sheffield (H) - 16 July
  • Tottenham (A) - 19 July
  • Manchester United (H) - 26 July

🔴 Manchester United

The Red Devils have been the most in-form side since the restart, blowing away teams with ease. They however came short against Southampton on Monday night as the Saints forced a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford. 

All is not lost though and they might clinch the ticket sooner, thanks to their 'easy' fixtures. They have the easiest run, on paper, as they play away to Crystal Palace on Thursday night, before a home clash against relegation-threatened West Ham. 

Their last tie is perhaps the trickiest, as they travel to face Brendan Rodgers' Leicester. The Foxes have a superior goal difference to Man United, and even though it's unlikely it will come to that, it might play a role if things get a little, well, crazy.

  • Crystal Palace (A) - 16 July
  • West Ham (H) - 22 July
  • Leicester (A) - 26 July)

🐺Wolves

Wolves have an outside chance of squeezing through into the top-four battle. They seemed to be right in until two consecutive losses slowed them down. 

They are five points off third-placed Chelsea, whom they face in the last fixture of the campaign. Generally, they will need a lot of results to go their way for them to have a chance of making it into the Champions League. 

Remaining Fixtures

  • Burnley (A) - 15 July
  • Crystal Palace (H) - 20 July
  • Chelsea (A) - 26 July

🗡️ Verdict

Chelsea took a giant step to secure a ticket with their win on Tuesday night. If they can hold on and get a result against Liverpool and Wolves, they have are on course to qualifying for the Champions League

Manchester United as well could easily clinch a ticket if they pick wins in their next two fixtures, which going by their recent form, should not be a hard task. 

Leicester's run puts them in a disadvantaged spot, considering they have dropped points in recent matches where you would expect them to win. 

Manchester United and Chelsea are favorites to qualify ahead of the Foxes, but only time and games will tell. 

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