Top Four Finish: As we enter the final week of the Premier League season, we take a look at some possibilities in the final two games of the League.
With just two games remaining and only three points separating third-place Leicester City and Liverpool in fifth, the final two Champions League qualification spots are very much still up for grabs.
Chelsea welcome Leicester on Tuesday night as both team battle it out in a must win game to seal the top four finish with one point in between them.
Liverpool’s hopes of securing Champions League football appeared to have ended earlier in the campaign as they struggled to replicate the kind of performances which secured a first Premier League crown in 2020.
But Chelsea’s defeat to Arsenal on Wednesday night, Liverpool’s victories over Man. United and West Bromwich Albion in the space of four days mean the Reds are now favourites to secure a top four finish.
If Liverpool win their last two remaining matches against Burnley and Crystal Palace, they will finish on 69 points, meanwhile Leicester and Chelsea cannot add six points to their tally each as they’ll both play each other tonight.
If Chelsea were to beat Leicester tonight, securing a revenge of the FA Cup final loss, and the Blues went on to beat Aston Villa in their final game of the season, then third spot would be secured.
Top Four Finish: Could Leicester and Liverpool finish same point and goal difference?
With Leicester and Liverpool having almost identical goalscoring records this season – both team having +21 goal difference and Leicester having only 2 more goal scored(GF) than Liverpool – then there is a chance the teams could end up with the same point, goal scored and goal difference.
If Chelsea win 1-0 on Tuesday night and the Foxes go on to beat Tottenham 3-0 in the last league game, while the Reds win 3-2 and 2-1 in their remaining matches, then both Leicester and Liverpool would have identical points and scoring records – not only for goal difference but for scored and against.
What will happen in these situation?
Well it is taken to head-to-head record and there is very little to separate the two teams there either.
November’s clash at Anfield ended 3-0 to the home side while Leicester secured revenge in February, with a 3-1 win.
But Mo Salah’s goal that night would prove crucial in such circumstances, as it would hand Liverpool a top four finish and secure Champions League football for Klopp’s men.