Chris Sutton is predicting Chelsea to secure a top-four finish after looking at their remaining Premier League games this season.
Unfortunately, Thomas Tuchel’s side are being dragged back into the race for the Champions League positions. The Blues have one win, one draw and two defeats in their recent Premier League results.
Chelsea remain third in the division standings on 66 points with only four games left. However, fourth-placed Arsenal are only three points adrift on 63. Meanwhile, fifth-placed Tottenham are five points behind on 61.
It means there’s still work to do for the Blues, despite the fact third spot has looked nailed on for several months.
Chelsea host an out of form opponent in Wolverhampton Wanderers this Saturday at Stamford Bridge. Afterwards, they travel to relegation threatened Leeds United just a few days later.
Tuchel’s side finish the campaign with two more home matches. They face Leicester City in the penultimate fixture before Watford on the final day.
BBC pundit Sutton thinks his former club will still have enough to end up in the top four this season.
“Chelsea have had a wobble, things aren’t right. Everyone looks at the uncertainty for next season but you look at the fixtures they have left and they couldn’t have easier fixtures. I think they will finish in the top four,” Sutton told BBC Radio 5 Live.
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In fairness, the likes of Arsenal, Spurs and Manchester United have turned in some questionnable performances this season.
It’s been a general view that Chelsea are the rest of the best below Manchester City and Liverpool, but it’ll be a massive wake-up call if they don’t finish third this campaign.
Sutton’s spot on that the fixture list looks very inviting on paper.
However, this weekend’s 1-0 defeat at Everton was another reminder not to take anything for granted.
Tuchel explained in his post-match interview after the Everton loss that his side are not getting the points they deserve for their performances. It’s hard to argue that when individuals continue to keep making costly mistakes, though.
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