Champions League back in Chelsea’s sights as rivals stumble

Champions League back in Chelsea's sights as rivals stumble

LONDON – Chelsea might squeeze into the Champions League in any case.

Within the area of 20 days, Antonio Conte’s facet has diminished Tottenham’s maintain on fourth place within the English Premier League from 10 to 2 factors.

Cesc Fabregas was arrange by Eden Hazard to safe a 1-Zero victory over Swansea that gave Chelsea a 3rd successive victory to make the most of Tottenham’s stumbles on Saturday. After Tottenham performs Watford on Monday, the north London membership and Chelsea may have three video games remaining.

Including additional intrigue to the hunt for the three locations beneath newly topped champion Manchester Metropolis was Liverpool slipping to a 3rd attract 4 matches. With Mohamed Salah failing to attain a 44th aim of the season, Liverpool was held by Stoke to Zero-Zero.

Juergen Klopp’s precedence is defending a 5-2 benefit over Roma within the Champions League semifinals when it travels to Italy for the second leg on Wednesday.

But when the five-time European champions aren’t cautious they may must raise the cup once more to safe a route again into the Champions League subsequent season. Liverpool is just six factors forward of Chelsea having performed a sport greater than the deposed champion it meets subsequent Sunday at Stamford Bridge.

Manchester United, which is 2 factors forward of Liverpool in second place, has 4 video games remaining, beginning on Sunday at house to sixth-place Arsenal.

RELEGATION SCRAP

The three groups within the backside three staved off relegation, for now.

West Bromwich Albion has mounted an unbelievable restoration underneath caretaker supervisor Darren Moore. Matt Phillips sealed a 1-Zero victory at Newcastle – Moore’s second success in a four-game unbeaten stint – to nudge the last-place group 5 factors from security. That is the place Swansea is, a spot and a degree above the drop zone.

Stoke is sandwiched between Southampton and West Brom, separated by two factors from each fellow strugglers.

Dusan Tadic scored twice to provide Southampton its first house win since November, 2-1 over Bournemouth.

Huddersfield is not out of hazard but, sitting three factors above Southampton after being crushed 2-Zero by Everton, whose targets got here from Cenk Tosun and Idrissa Gueye.

PALACE MAJESTIC

Cyrstal Palace appeared doomed after shedding its opening seven video games with out scoring. The south London membership climbed to 11th place – six factors away from the underside three – after beating Leicester 5-Zero.

Wilfried Zaha once more excelled and scored the opening aim and James McArthur doubled the lead earlier than gaining a person benefit within the 55th minute. Marc Albrighton was despatched off for bringing down Zaha.

The aim flurry got here within the final 10 minutes when Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Patrick van Aanholt netted and Christian Benteke struck a penalty.

Leicester, the shock 2016 champion, is six factors forward of Palace in ninth place.

BURNLEY FOR EUROPE

Burnley can begin to dream of enjoying in Europe after a 51-year absence, with seventh place digital assured after drawing with Brighton Zero-Zero.

The northwest England membership is six factors away from eighth-place Everton with two video games remaining and a superior aim distinction.

Brighton moved 5 factors away from the relegation zone with 9 factors to play for.

PROMOTION PUSH

Cardiff has the sting to affix Wolverhampton in returning to the Premier League.

Cardiff beat Hull 2-Zero to reclaim second place within the second-tier League Championship, a degree forward of Fulham heading into the ultimate spherical.