Could Chelsea really be relegated? Here’s how it can happen
Despite spending greater than £600 million on gamers over the previous two switch home windows, Chelsea have endured an utter shambles of a season with one more abject efficiency in Tuesday’s 3-1 defeat at Arsenal leaving them Twelfth within the Premier League.
The Blues have now misplaced all six of their video games underneath caretaker supervisor Frank Lampard, whose personal managerial dropping streak stands at 10 video games if the ultimate 4 outcomes of his dire stint at Everton earlier this season are additionally taken into consideration.
What’s extra, a Twelfth-place end would characterize the membership’s worst closing inserting within the Premier League since they washed up in 14th again in 1993-94.
The five-time Premier League champions are on 39 factors, 9 above the relegation zone with 33 video games performed — nonetheless one level shy of the “magic” 40, which is often the goal for groups battling to keep away from the drop. And ought to Lampard’s faulty group fail to arrest the slide and lose their closing 4 league fixtures, issues will worsen. Much worse.
Indeed, ought to outcomes elsewhere among the many different golf equipment nonetheless combating for survival conspire in opposition to the beleaguered Blues between now and the top of the league marketing campaign on May 28, then their dreadful season will finish in utter disaster as relegation stays a mathematical chance.
Below is likely one of the extra sensible sequences of hypothetical outcomes which may condemn Chelsea, topped champions of Europe simply two years in the past, to taking part in within the Championship subsequent season. While the exact rating strains of most matches won’t be critically vital, there may be nonetheless a aim distinction swing to be thought-about that would be decisive between Chelsea and Leicester City ending in 18th place.
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Manchester City 2-1 West Ham United
Things would kick off with West Ham ending this week’s spherical of fixtures by dropping at title-chasers Manchester City on Wednesday to stay fifteenth within the Premier League desk on 34 factors from 34 video games.
AFC Bournemouth 2-1 Chelsea
Manchester City 2-2 Leeds United
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 Aston Villa
West Ham United 3-2 Manchester United
Fulham 1-2 Leicester City
Brighton & Hove Albion 1-2 Everton
Nottingham Forest 2-1 Southampton
The first of the remaining 4 full rounds of fixtures would begin with the Blues stumbling to a defeat at Bournemouth earlier than each Everton and Leicester City win beneath them, thrusting the latter up and out of the drop zone at Leeds’ expense regardless of new Elland Road boss Sam Allardyce getting a shock draw at Manchester City. Meanwhile, Nottingham Forest, Wolves and West Ham additionally declare crunch victories to maneuver away from the dotted line of doom.
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Leeds United 2-1 Newcastle United
Crystal Palace 2-1 Bournemouth
Chelsea 1-2 Nottingham Forest
Southampton 2-1 Fulham
Manchester United 2-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Brentford 1-2 West Ham United
Everton 2-3 Manchester City
Leicester City 2-1 Liverpool
Chelsea endure a house defeat in opposition to fellow scrappers Nottingham Forest, in opposition to whom they drew 1-1 on the City Ground on New Year’s Day, whereas Big Sam’s new supervisor bounce continues with a house win over Newcastle. Vital victories for Southampton, West Ham and Leicester (who overturn Liverpool on residence soil) coupled with a loss for Wolves would make issues even tighter on the backside finish of the Premier League desk; Chelsea drop right down to fifteenth, simply three locations and 5 factors above the drop zone with two rounds of video games left to play (although the Blues nonetheless have a recreation in hand.)
Bournemouth 1-2 Manchester United
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-2 Everton
Nottingham Forest 2-2 Arsenal
West Ham United 1-2 Leeds United
Brighton & Hove Albion 2-0 Southampton
Manchester City 2-0 Chelsea
Newcastle United 2-0 Leicester City
Manchester United 2-1 Chelsea
With darkish clouds gathering overhead, Chelsea play twice to make up their recreation in hand however lose on two chastening journeys to Manchester throughout the house of 4 days to increase their Premier League dropping streak to eight video games. Meanwhile, Forest, Leeds and Everton handle so as to add essential factors to their tallies and a defeat for Leicester in opposition to high-flying Newcastle attracts the Blues to inside three factors of the relegation zone heading into the ultimate day of the season.
Crystal Palace 1-2 Nottingham Forest
Arsenal 2-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Chelsea 0-2 Newcastle United
Everton 2-0 Bournemouth
Southampton 0-2 Liverpool
Leeds United 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur
Leicester City 2-1 West Ham United
Chelsea finish the marketing campaign with a loss in opposition to Newcastle, their eleventh straight defeat in all competitions, in entrance of a horrified Stamford Bridge because the unthinkable situation slowly unfolds.
Elsewhere, resurgent Leicester’s third win in 4 video games sees the Foxes certain above the Blues on aim distinction as interim supervisor Dean Smith pulls off a very memorable escape act. Everton’s win over Bournemouth is not sufficient for Sean Dyche to avoid wasting them after taking on from Lampard at Goodison Park, however a priceless victory for Nottingham Forest over Crystal Palace sees them keep away from instant demotion again to the Championship by a single level, becoming a member of Leicester in leapfrogging Chelsea to take action.
In this situation, Frank Lampard’s group (assuming he’s nonetheless in cost by then) would end the season in 18th place, stage on 39 factors with Leicester however beneath the Foxes on aim distinction, condemning them to relegation from the highest flight for the primary time since 1987-88.
Southampton (twentieth, 27 factors) and Everton (nineteenth, 38 factors) would be a part of the Blues in happening. Above them, Nottingham Forest, Wolves, Leeds and West Ham would all survive the drop by a slender margin, ending stage on 40 factors with aim distinction alone separating sixteenth and thirteenth within the closing desk.
Of course, that is all hypothetical; Caesars Sportsbook was not providing odds on Chelsea to go down as of Wednesday morning. But with the Blues getting into the ultimate month of the season nonetheless with relegation being potential and on such a nasty run of outcomes, nothing can be dominated out at this stage.
ESPN’s Dale Johnson contributed to this report