English Premier Leaue: UEFA Champions League Qualification Tussle May Go Down The Wire
Manchester United Football Club and her fans are in a good mood after thumping Sheffield United 3 goals to Nil with all of those goals coming from Martial, his first hattrick in the Premier League and the second for Manchester United since Post-Ferguson era. Manchester United came into the match on the back of a draw against fellow top four contender, Tottenham Hotspur. They needed nothing but a win if they were to put any pressure on Chelsea who currently occupy the last Champions League spot, and they delivered. Kudos to the Red Devils. View pictures in App save up to 80% data. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Chelsea on the other hand, had to fight for a win against lowly Aston Villa which has raised questions over their capability to stay in the position till the end of the season. Their next match would be against Manchester City who has been on fire since the return of football. I hope they don't get to witness their wrath.
Tottenham Hotspur View pictures in App save up to 80% data. who happened to be another candidate for the UEFA Champions league are four point behind Manchester United who is in the 5th position. We may literary write out Tottenham from qualifying for the prestigious football competition but this is football and no one can be written off yet. According to research, in football nothing can be predicted.
Now, let's go back to the main reason for this article, why the Champions league qualification may not be decided until the end. We're going to analyse based on remaining fixtures, the strength of the opponents, injury crises as well as past head-to head records.
Liverpool position at the top of the table has been cemented after whipping Crystal Palace with 4 unreplied goals. Manchester City on the other hand as a case to settle with UEFA after they have breached certain rights.Leicester are somehow inconsistent but they've managed to make the number 3 spot their own. That leaves us with Chelsea and Manchester United. Tottenham is way out of the league now as they would need a bit of miracle to qualify for the prestigious competition. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Chelsea would be welcoming the defending champions in a must win match for them, if they don't win, then the feeling of being chased by The Devils would bother them a lot. Take a look at the club one after the other and their chances of qualifying for the most prestigious competition in club football. View pictures in App save up to 80% data. View pictures in App save up to 80% data. View pictures in App save up to 80% data. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
They will be facing 2nd place Manchester City after defeating 19th place Aston Villa. They currently occupy the last slot but may find it difficult to qualify if results are not improving. They have a some tricky tests along the way too.
NEXT MATCH: MANCHESTER CITY(HOME)
REMAINING FIXTURES: WESTHAM(H), WATFORD(A), CRYSTAL PALACE (H), SHEFFIELD UNITED(A), NORWICH(H), LIVERPOOL(A), WOLVES(H).
With this class of opponents, I don't see Chelsea winning more than 3 matches here, perhaps they'll struggle to beat Watford and Sheffield United but the others is a mountain i'm not sure they can climb.
While Chelsea has a run of difficult opponents, Manchester United has it soft. This might be a major force that would determine their position at the end of the season. View pictures in App save up to 80% data. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
REMAINING FIXTURES: Brighton(A) Bournemouth(H) Aston Villa,(H) Southampton(A) Crystal Palace(W) WestHam(A)
With these matches in a couple of week, the top four is ManU's to lose. Can i wish Manchester United fans a good Champions league outing next season?