Chelsea travel away to Manchester United this Sunday for a very important clash that will go a long way to determine the top four race.
Manchester United are in poor form of late and have managed just two wins in their last six league outings, losing their last two games to Everton and Manchester City 4–0 and 2–0 respectively.
Arsenal trail Chelsea by just a point in the race for fourth place, meaning Chelsea cannot afford another slip-up after missing the chance to put some distance between them and their closest rivals on Monday by drawing with Burnley – a game that Chelsea should have easily won.
Blues boss Maurizio Sarri admitted that the game is going to be a difficult battle as he admitted that it’s an important match for the Blues.
Sarri said in his press conference: “The match is clear. At this moment it’s a very important match, probably more than important for our target. We will try to win of course, but we need not to lose. It’s a very difficult match for both.
“We have to play against opponents with a very high level of motivation after the Manchester derby. They have a chance of the top four. Of course they need to win all the last three matches. But we need to gain points too. We need to fight and try in every way.”
With four teams currently battling two slots in the top four race this season, England and Newcastle legend Alan Shearer has backed Chelsea to make top four, as he has tipped Tottenham and Chelsea to claim the remaining two spots.
Asked to name the two teams who will make up the final top-four places, Shearer told Optus Sport: “Probably Chelsea, only because the lack of form from the others.
“We’re sat here talking about Manchester United and the first thing we talk about tonight [after the defeat to Man City] is: ‘at least they put the effort in’.
“That’s how bad Manchester United have fallen – we’re praising them because of their attitude.
“So because of that reason and because Arsenal have got two away games, and they’ve been hopeless away from home, Tottenham are in and probably Chelsea.
“I would expect Man United to win their last two games against Huddersfield and Cardiff but I still don’t think that will be enough.”