Chelsea FC and Manchester United’s hopes of signing Ben Chilwell have been boosted. Leicester failed to qualify for the Champions League, according to a report. Champions League fans can book Champions League Final Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.
Chelsea FC and Manchester United have been handed a possible boost in the race to sign Ben Chilwell. Leicester City failed to qualify for the Champions League, according to a report in England. The Sun, as quoted by the Daily Mail, is reporting that Leicester could struggle to convince the 23-year-old.
Leicester City Purposal:
Leicester asks Ben Chilwell to remain at the King Power Stadium. The Foxes finished in the fifth spot in the Premier League table. The same article states that Chilwell wants to play in the Champions League next season. He wants to underline his credentials for the starting spot at left-back in the England team.
Chilwell wants to play for England ahead of next summer’s Euro 2020 championship. According to the same story, Chelsea FC and Manchester United would pay the Leicester defender more than his current wages at the King Power Stadium if Chilwell moves to Stamford Bridge or Old Trafford this summer.
Having said that, the Sun also reports that Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers is confident that the Foxes can retain the services of Chilwell for another season. Chilwell scored three times and made three assists in 27 games in the Premier League this season to help Leicester finish in the fifth spot in the table.
The England full-back netted four times in 123 games in all competitions over the past four seasons. Chilwell broke into the Leicester team in 2016. Leicester lost 2-0 to Manchester United in their final Premier League game of the 2019-20 season. Goals scored by Bruno Fernandes and Jesse Lingard.
The Foxes finished four points adrift of Chelsea FC and Manchester United n the race to secure a top-four spot. Chilwell has established himself in the England team under Gareth Southgate. The full-back made 11 appearances in the past two years for the Three Lions.
Leicester City may be the underdogs for a top-four finish going into Sunday’s final round of Premier League fixtures but there are plenty of causes for optimism. Champions League fans can book Champions League Final Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.
Look at the injury list, look at the squad lists, look at the form table, look at the actual table, and everything points towards a Manchester United win this weekend that would see Leicester City’s 11-month pursuit of Champions League football ended on the final day.
There will be a section of City fans taking a pessimistic view of Sunday’s showdown and already searching for potential Europa League opponents. But there are a handful of reasons to be optimistic.
The city may have a fitness edge:
It’s been a grueling six weeks for Premier League players, who have followed three months off with a game every three or four days. But City players this week were handed the slight relief of a few days off with Brendan Rodgers’ side afforded a week-long break between matches.
Because of their FA Cup involvement, United have not had such a luxury and have had half the time to prepare for the game following their clash with West Ham on Wednesday. Rodgers doesn’t know if the quick turnaround will affect United, but he certainly knows his side are fresher than they were last weekend.
He said “It’s not something that we wanted to talk about in the aftermath of the Tottenham match but I felt we were tired and leggy after the game. I am happy we have been able to recover well, put a plan in place, and then be fresh as we can for the game. How it affects the other team I don’t know. But for us, the week gives us every opportunity.”
Home advantage retained:
More than any other game, this is the one that City would have wanted 30,000 fans there cheering them on. Despite the absence of supporters, home advantage does still exist in the Premier League, post-restart stats have shown.
And City’s record at the King Power Stadium is good. They’ve only lost one of their last six home league matches – to Manchester City – and have kept clean sheets in their last four on home turf.
Is United’s form that good?
Much has been made of United’s form and their 13-match unbeaten run in the Premier League. While any streak that reaches double figures is impressive, it perhaps does not stand up as quite so brilliant when examined more closely. Since the restart, United have won five and drawn three of their Premier League games.
And while they defeated Sheffield United – one of the teams’ City also downed – all of their other victories have come against sides in the bottom six. They failed to get the better of Spurs, Southampton, and then West Ham on Wednesday, where they underwhelmed. That should give City hope.
Wolves can provide a lifeline:
The city can also sneak into the top four with a draw but for that to happen, they need Chelsea to lose. Thankfully, Frank Lampard’s side is playing a team with something to fight for. Wolves, who have so often been the menace of big clubs this season, need a win to ensure they finish above Spurs and guarantee Europa League qualification.
If they can do that, and City hold firm at the King Power, Champions League football will be secured.
The real Leicester are still there:
The above reasons skirt over that City are still a pretty decent team. It’s been easy to forget during their gradual slip down the table, but only a week-and-a-half ago, this injury-hit side dominated and secured a comfortable victory against an in-form, organised Sheffield United.
Recent evidence of how well this team can play should bring confidence to fans, players, and staff alike.
The weight is building and the stakes are ascending in the fight for Champions League capability. Here, we look at the teams vying for the top four, their restart fortunes so far, and their remaining fixture. Champions League fans can book Champions League Final Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.
Victories for Leicester City, Chelsea, and Manchester United on match week 33 mean just three points currently separate that trio of teams, with Wolverhampton Wanderers a further three points back in sixth. With two meetings of top-half sides scheduled for this midweek slate of fixtures.
Those in the third to sixth all playing away, another intriguing round of matches awaits. After back-to-back victories over Aston Villa and Manchester City, before a surprise defeat away at West Ham, Frank Lampard’s Chelsea returned to winning ways on Saturday night against Watford.
It was a much-needed return to form given the Blues started the game outside the top four for the first time since October following United’s thumping win over Bournemouth earlier in the day. Leicester also won on Saturday, their first victory since the restart.
Wolves dropped points in defeat to Arsenal, leaving them five adrift of fourth place. As the top six have squeezed together slightly in recent games, the other contenders have fallen away somewhat. Arsenal is now the closest challenger outside the top six, though the Gunners have an eight-point deficit to make up on the fourth place.
Tottenham, Sheffield United (both one point behind) and Burnley (three points behind) are further behind Mikel Arteta’s side, with just 15 points up for grabs in the remainder of the 2019/20 campaign. There is also the added uncertainty over City’s contested ban from European competition for two seasons due to alleged breaches of Financial Fair Play regulations.
A decision from the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on City’s appeal is expected next week, which could mean finishing fifth in the league this season is enough. For now, the contenders must assume that only a top-four finish guarantees Champions League football next season.
Plenty still to play for, then, and the stakes couldn’t be higher!
Encounters between teams in the top half of the table will likely play a significant part in deciding the final standings. Chelsea now has three such meetings in their final five games, including trips to Anfield and Bramall Lane, as well as a home match against Wolves.
The latter is scheduled for what could be a decisive final day of the season, on which Man United go to Leicester. Manchester United have the fewest of these clashes (one), while Leicester has the most with four.
Remaining head-to-head fixtures between top-half sides:
Leicester – Arsenal (a), Sheffield United (h), Tottenham (a), Man United (h)
Chelsea – Sheffield United (a), Liverpool (a), Wolves (h)
Man United – Leicester (a)
Wolves – Sheffield United (a), Burnley (a), Chelsea (a)
Arsenal – Leicester (h), Tottenham (a), Liverpool (h)
Tottenham – Arsenal (h), Leicester (h)
Sheffield United – Wolves (h), Chelsea (h), Leicester (a)
Burnley – Liverpool (a), Wolves (h)
In the FA Cup, all four semi-finalists are currently positioned in the top seven of the Premier League (Man City, Chelsea, Man United, and Arsenal) and, of course, two of those will advance to the final on Saturday 1 August.
The semi-finals have been scheduled for the weekend of 18/19 July, with league fixtures originally scheduled for then pushed back a few days to the following midweek. Chelsea was due to travel to Liverpool on that date but will now take on United at Wembley, with our trip to Merseyside rearranged.
Three of the top-four contenders remain in European competition – Chelsea in the Champions League plus Man United and Wolves in the Europa League. Remaining fixtures in these competitions have been penciled in to be played in August at the end of the domestic campaign.
The victors of the two rivalries are ensured a Champions League place next season.
While Chelsea has sat in fourth since mid-October, there have been a lot of fluctuating directions among different competitors through the span of the period, as the diagram beneath represents. Select and deselect teams on the right-hand side to view their standings across the course of the season.
The final straight:
The remaining fixtures for each of the eight teams are listed below, along with their current position in the table, points tally, and goal difference. Check out the hurdles ahead for each of the contenders, analyze the permutations, and vote in our poll for which teams you think will finish in the top four.
Currently 3rd – Leicester City – 58 points – GD +32
Currently 4th – Chelsea – 57 points – GD +16
Currently 5th – Man United – 55 points – GD +23
Currently 6th – Wolves – 52 points – GD +9
Currently 7th – Arsenal – 49 points – GD +8
Currently 8th – Tottenham – 48 points – GD +8
Currently 9th – Sheffield United – 48 points – GD +1