The Premier League 2020-21 season is expected to have a dramatic final matchday, with three teams vying for the two remaining top-four spots that ensure Champions League football next season: Chelsea, Leicester City, and Liverpool.
Manchester City has already won the league, and their city rivals Manchester United will finish second, leaving just third and fourth place to be decided.
With Chelsea’s 3-0 victory over Leicester City on Tuesday night and Liverpool’s 3-0 win over Leicester City on Wednesday night, the Blues and Reds are respectively in third and fourth place on the points table, with Leicester City in fifth place.
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The Blues played Aston Villa in their last match away from home, while Liverpool hosts Crystal Palace at Anfield. Leicester City will face Tottenham Hotspur in their final match, which will be the most difficult of the group. Both of the matches will take place on May 23, with kick-offs scheduled for 8:30 p.m. (IST).
Chelsea will advance regardless of what happens in the other two matches if they win their tie against Villa.
If the match is, they’ll have to hope that Liverpool or Leicester City lose points. They still have a chance to finish in the top four if they fail. But in that situation, one of the two teams must lose their respective match. If Chelsea loses and Liverpool and Leicester draw, the winner will be decided by goal differential between Chelsea and Leicester.
Chelsea will also qualify for the Champions League next season if they lift the CFA Cup this season. Even if they drop out of the top four after the final matchday.
Chelsea will still qualify for the Champions League next season. If they win the forthcoming Champions League final on May 29 against Manchester City. Even if they drop out of the top four after the final matchday.
If Leicester manages to overcome Liverpool’s superior goal differential, a victory almost ensures Liverpool a top-four finish (GD). Liverpool’s GD (24) is higher than Chelsea’s (23) and Leicester’s (22). (20). If Liverpool ties their next game, they will need Chelsea to lose. Or Leicester to draw or lose their game for the Reds to win.
If Liverpool loses their next match, they will need Leicester to lose as well to advance. Brend Rodgers’ side is to qualify for the Champions League, defeat is not an alternative. If they win their match, they will hope that Chelsea or Liverpool lose points. Or that they win by a large enough margin to overcome Liverpool’s superior goal differential (+4). They must hope that Liverpool loses their tie or Chelsea loses badly if they score a draw.