Chelsea Could Miss Out On Top Four After Draw Against Nottingham Forest
Chelsea’s chances of securing a place in the top four of the Premier League have been rocked following a 1-1 draw against Nottingham Forest at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Independent of results elsewhere, the Blues would have been guaranteed a top-four position had they beaten Forest, but that may now not be the case. With just one match remaining, Chelsea have dropped down to fourth place on the table, with Leicester City and Manchester United both breathing down their necks.
Nottingham Forest Impress
Although Chelsea had the lion’s share of possession and shots on goal, it was Forest who had the clearer chances to win the game, with their forward line particularly impressive in their ability to create chances against the Blues’ defence. The away side were particularly effective in the first half, with Tyler Walker producing a good first-half performance as Forest took the lead in the 33rd minute.
The Consequences of The Draw
The draw has significant consequences for Chelsea’s top-four aspirations. They will now need to win their final match against Wolverhampton Wanderers and hope that either Leicester or Manchester United slip up in their remaining fixtures in order to secure a place in the Champions League qualification spots.
What Chelsea Need To Do
For Chelsea to secure a top-four finish, they will have to:
- Defeat Wolverhampton Wanderers – Chelsea will need to win their final fixture against Wolves if they are to have any hope of finishing inside the top-four positions.
- Vigorously Keep Tabs on Manchester United and Leicester City – Chelsea will need to keep a keen eye on the performances of their rivals in their remaining fixtures, to ensure that either Leicester or Manchester United don’t make up the ground needed to leapfrog them in the table.
Chelsea’s draw against Nottingham Forest has left them with a difficult task to secure a place in the top four, and the pressure has now been firmly placed on their shoulders to perform in their final match.