Premier League top four race as it stands after West Ham setback


rare Liverpool win at Manchester United has blown the top-four race wide open once again.

Chelsea’s surprise home defeat to Arsenal in midweekopened the door for the Reds, and they took the opportunity with two hands with a thrilling win at Old Trafford.

A win for Chelsea would have all but guaranteed the Blues will be playing Champions League football next season, but Emile Smith Rowe’s first-half goal on Wednesday saw the Gunners leave Stamford Bridge with a 1-0 victory.

The loss meant Chelsea missed the chance to go third in the table, and leaves Thomas Tuchel’s side looking over their shoulders during the run-in.

While Chelsea will remain confident of finishing the job in their remaining two League games, Tuchel will have to rebuild his side’s confidence after losing Saturday’s FA Cup Final to Leicester – the same side they face in a vital League game on Tuesday.

Manchester United have already joined Man City in the Champions League next season, and Leicester would realistically have to lose their last two games and see Liverpool win all their remaining matches to drop out.

Liverpool are holding up their side of the argument, with Roberto Firmino scoring twice after Diogo Jota cancelled out Bruno Fernandes’ opener. Mohamed Salah wrapped up an emphatic 4-2 win.

There is next to no room for error for the three teams chasing Chelsea now – especially after West Ham’s 1-1 draw at Brighton on Saturday – but there could be plenty of twists and turns left during the run-in.

Premier League table | Top four race

Leicester: Chelsea (18 May), Spurs (23 May)

Chelsea: Leicester (18 May), Aston Villa (23 May)

Liverpool: West Brom (16 May), Burnley (19 May), Crystal Palace (23 May)

West Ham: Brighton (15 May), West Brom (19 May), Southampton (23 May)

Spurs: Wolves (16 May), Aston Villa (19 May), Leicester (23 May)

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