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Final showdown on Sunday as United, Chelsea, Leicester battle for Champions League tickets

Final showdown on Sunday as Man Utd, Chelsea, Leicester battle for Champions League tickets

The English Premier League, arguably the world’s best football league, is set to witness yet another tension soaked grand finale to a season.

The 2019/2020 season began with a frenzy with eventual champions, Liverpool mounting a very strong challenge to wrestle the trophy from the firm grip of the Pep Guardiola led Manchester City.

From the first blast of the whistle, it was obvious to even a blind man, the top two spots will be taken over by Liverpool and Manchester City, just as they did in 2018/19 season, while the last two spots for Champions League ticket would be battled for among the ‘usual’ suspects in Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal.

As the season wore on, it became evident that these three clubs won’t fight alone for the 3rd and 4th position just as Leicester City, Wolves, Tottenham, Sheffield United joined the fray to secure the remaining Champions League spots.

With the battle raging on, Arsenal was gradually pushed down the table and will definitely not play in the Europa League let alone in the Champions League while as at MatchDay 37, the race is among Manchester United, Chelsea and Leicester City.

Manchester United and Chelsea are levelled on the same points (63 points) but the Reds Devil are above the Blues on goal difference while Leicester is on 62 points to occupy the 5th position.

Going into the last games of the season on Sunday which will be played simultaneously, Chelsea will take on Wolves while Leicester City will welcome Manchester United.

CHELSEA vs WOLVES

The 6-time league champions, Chelsea would have been guaranteed Champions League spot only if they had either won or drew the game against Liverpool which they lost 5-3. As they have lost the ‘grace’, they are ‘condemned’ to secure all three points against a physical Wolves side.

The first encounter between these sides on MatchDay 5 on September 14 ended 5-2 in favour of the away side, Chelsea and with Wolves coming to Stamford Bridge, though has collapsed in several occasions, should be able to withstand the ferocious attacks of their opponents who in their own right are seeking a Europa League spot currently occupied by Leicester City.

Chelsea who have lost five games at home to a Wolves side who have won 7 games away and lost 4 games at home will have their work cut out for them on Sunday. How they will overcome the fight will be panned out by Frank Lampard who has shown some intelligence in his coaching career so far.

LEICESTER vs MAN UTD

The Foxes were 4th on the table prior the 3-0 loss to Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham on MatchDay 37. The loss was a huge blow to their ambition of returning to Europe after making headlines in 2016.

Their loss was Man Utd’s gain as the one point secured in the game against West Ham was fairly good enough to leapfrog Chelsea to take up the 3rd position even though that particular game felt like a loss to the fans who are eager to play in the Champions League.

The first encounter between these sides ended 1-0 in favour of Man Utd and the onus will be on Ole Gunnar Solskjær to maintain the 3rd position they currently occupy.

PERMUTATIONS

If Manchester United loses to Leicester City will see them drop to 5th position if Chelsea wins against Wolves.

If Leicester loses to Man Utd, they are almost certain to play in Europa except Wolves defeats Chelsea by 16 goals which you will agree will never happen. This is as certain as the sun rising.

If Chelsea loses to Wolves and Man Utd loses as well, Leicester will overtake both clubs. This will mean Chelsea will play in Europa because Man Utd have a superior goal difference of +15.

VERDICT

Manchester United and Chelsea should be able to hold their grounds and secure the Champions League spots while Leicester City will experience Europa League football.

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