Opinion: How These 3 EPL Fixtures Could Decide Chelsea's Chance Of Finishing Fourth This Season


Like a hurricane, West Brom swept Chelsea away in their Premier League clash to signify the return of the biggest and hardest league in the world.

The shocking defeat at the hands of West Brom, was a far cry to what Chelsea represented before the international break, and puts extra pressure on the Blues bid for a top four finish.

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The Blues might be gunning for trophies on two different fronts, the obvious challenge of finishing fourth still need to be achieved by the London team.

This loss against West Brom to start the month of April opens up wave of opportunity for teams hoping to catch and displace Thomas Tuchel men from the top four.

It's why Chelsea's next 3 matches could play a crucial role in determining, and deciding if the Blues can finish fourth in the Premier League this season.

A Victory Against Crystal Palace And Brighton Becomes Crucial

After suffering a shocking defeat at the hands of West Brom, puts the Blues next two matches in the month of April a test of will and self belief for Thomas Tuchel's men.

It must be said that the loss against West Brom will shake the core of Chelsea under Thomas Tuchel as they have felt invincible since the appointment of the former Paris Saint Germain manager.

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Chelsea's form could further go south as matches against Crystal Palace and Brighton, will test the fragility and weakness that West Brom have exposed in their last match.

A trip to Crystal Palace, with their abilities to spring the kind of surprise that West Brom showed, and in combination with the dire situation of Brighton, as a relegation battler puts Thomas Tuchel's men in a very difficult position.

For Brighton in particular, the Seagulls will take strong solace in the fact that their defeat of Liverpool at Anfield, could be replicated if they give the kind of performances that shocked the Reds.

It's a crucial six points matches that the Blues cannot afford to lose as the Premier League top four race heats up and intensifies. Will the Blues crack against Crystal Palace and Brighton?

West Ham Is Now A Banana Peel That Could Slip Chelsea Away From The Top Four

West Ham have been a revelation so far this season, that they are in good chance of finishing in European football competition spot, and they know how to make things difficult for any team.

Arsenal had to battle and fight hard for a life saving one point against the Hammers, and Chelsea's face off against them is a must win that could impact how the top four race, and table would unfold.

West Ham is a threat to Chelsea's lofty dream of finishing fourth, as they have a manager who was instrumental in taking a less fancied Everton side to a top four finish in 2005.

All these factors combine into a necessity that Chelsea cannot afford to play with, if they do not want to finish out of the top four places.

The Premier League, is so unpredictable that more twist and turns is expected to define the race for top four and Chelsea's next 3 matches in the month of April, should be treated like Cup finals.

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