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Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham hopes rest lightly on Newcastle shoulders

3 years ago

Liverpool looked to be a sure thing to finish top four.

In fact for much of the season, it was more a case of whether or not it was they or Man Utd who would be runners up to runaway champions Man City.

However, ironically the scousers’ Champions League exertions have put their automatic qualification via the Premier League at risk for next season.

In and around their semi-final matches against Roma, Liverpool have drawn at West Brom after leading 2-0, then only managed a goalless draw at Anfield against rock bottom relegated Stoke, then Sunday has seen them lose a crucial game at Stamford Bridge 1-0.

Suddenly, what had looked a secure top four, now has two of them sweating heavily on their place. Chelsea’s four wins in a row means that it is now a case of three into two.

Whilst the last three games have been increasingly poor to watch from a Newcastle fan point of view, both in terms of result and performance, at least we can now look forward to two attractive fixtures.

Of course they will only prove attractive if Newcastle actually turn up and raise their game once again.

The added bonus is that we now have Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea’s fates, set to be decided largely by ourselves.

This is the up to date Premier League table below and as you can see, Liverpool are on 72 points, Tottenham 71 and Chelsea 69.

Liverpool have only one game left and the others two each, these are the pivotal fixtures:

Wednesday 9 May

Chelsea v Huddersfield

Tottenham v Newcastle

Sunday 13 May

Liverpool v Brighton

Newcastle v Chelsea

Tottenham v Leicester

At the minute, if Tottenham and Liverpool win their remaining matches then they would both finish top four and qualify for the Champions League.

On Wednesday night, Chelsea will be expected to beat Huddersfield and if they did, then they would go above Spurs if Newcastle won at Wembley.

Imagine as well, if Chelsea were denied the result they needed on that final day at St James Park?

As for Liverpool, I bet they would have been looking to take it easy on the final day, against a Brighton side who in their last three matches have drawn with Spurs, beaten Man Utd, and got another credible draw at Burnley.

Liverpool play their Champions League final 13 days after the final Premier League match, this is not the scenario they would have wanted. Of course if they win the final that would give them automatic qualification as well – but they can’t gamble on that, as failure to be in next season’s Champions League would be a disaster for them.

I’m sure you all have a preference for which of the three you would most like to see finish outside the top four, I have mine, but most of all I just want to see Newcastle give Spurs and Chelsea a good game. Otherwise things could get very messy considering the last three matches, especially with Spurs and Chelsea throwing everything at these final games.

Current Premier League table:

All remaining Premier League fixtures:

Tuesday 8 May

Swansea v Southampton 7.45pm

Wednesday 9 May

Chelsea v Huddersfield 7.45pm

Leicester v Arsenal 7.45pm

Man City v Brighton 8pm

Tottenham v Newcastle United 8pm

Thursday 10 May

West Ham v Man Utd 7.45pm

Sunday 13 May (all 3pm kick-offs)

Burnley v Bournemouth

Crystal Palace v West Brom

Huddersfield v Arsenal

Liverpool v Brighton

Man United v Watford

Newcastle v Chelsea

Southampton v Man City

Swansea v Stoke

Tottenham v Leicester

West Ham v Everton


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