Glen Johnson makes confident top four prediction on Chelsea

Glen Johnson has predicted that Chelsea will have enough to finish in the top four of the Premier League this season, despite their recent struggles with results.

The Blues still occupy fourth in the league table with 12 games remaining, but the chasing pack have closed the gap on them and it looks like the Champions League spots are up for grabs.

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Chelsea’s upcoming opponents Tottenham are only a point behind them, while Sheffield United and Manchester United are both within three points too.

Frank Lampard’s side have zero victories in their last four league matches and that form has to end this weekend when they host Spurs at Stamford Bridge.

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Former Blues defender Johnson isn’t too concerned about Chelsea though and still has faith that they will get over the line in the top four.

“I think they’ll have enough [for a top four finish]. I said at the start of the season that fourth would be an unbelievable season from where Lamps (Lampard) picked them up,” Johnson told Sky Sports Main Event channel (10:45pm, 18 February).

“I think what they would have done with previous bans I think getting anywhere near fourth would’ve been a good season. Forget home and away form, I think they’ve had a great season. Continue the way they are I think they will get fourth anyway and I don’t think they’ll need to rely on [Manchester] City to get a ban to qualify for the Champions League.”

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There has been real inconsistency from all the teams trying to Chelsea down, but they fall into the same category too and have already lost nine league games this season.

The early-season boost that was expected under club legend Lampard has disappeared and recent injury problems have gone against them too.

But it’s vital that they secure Champions League football for next season, especially after securing the signature of Ajax playmaker Hakim Ziyech for the summer.

Dom is a Chelsea supporter who has worked in online publishing for more than six years. Graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016, he now writes exclusively for The Chelsea Chronicle covering news, analysis and match coverage. He enjoys the dream position of writing about his boyhood club, which seems to be involved in more drama every single day than an episode of The Bill. Aside from his love for Chelsea, he supports and follows the England cricket team. He also fancies himself as the Sunday League version of Michael Essien.