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Could Form and Fixtures Lead to European Football at Chelsea Next Season?

Could Form and Fixtures Lead to European Football at Chelsea Next Season?
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The 2022/23 Premier League season was a huge disappointment for Chelsea and they finished in 12th place in the table.

A bottom half finish was an embarrassment for a club that had finished inside the top six places in 25 of the previous 26 seasons, winning the title 5 times in those 26 campaigns.

As things stand in the current Premier League season, Chelsea are in 11th place on 39 points, with 11 fixtures remaining. On the face of it, this is going to be another poor campaign for The Blues.

However, there could be some daylight at the end of the tunnel for Mauricio Pochettino and his players. Ahead of the upcoming fixture at home against Burnley in the Premier League, Chelsea are undefeated in 7 of their 8 previous matches in all competitions.

The only loss came in the League Cup final against Liverpool and that was in extra-time. There have been wins at home over Newcastle United in the Premier League plus Leeds United and Leicester City in the FA Cup. Chelsea also beat Crystal Palace away in the Premier League and Aston Villa in the FA Cup.

One of the standout performances in Chelsea’s recent run came in the 1-1 draw at Premier League champions, Manchester City. It was a good point and impressive performance from Chelsea and one of only 2 matches Manchester City have failed to win in their last 19 in all competitions.

Chelsea are undefeated in 7 of their 9 most recent Premier League games and they have won 5 of their last 6 league matches on home soil.

With Burnley, Sheffield United, and Everton to play in 3 of their next 4 Premier League fixtures, Chelsea could easily move into the top half of the table and enter the race to finish in 6th place this season. That is something that seemed out of reach a couple of months ago but could now be the target for Pochettino.

Chelsea are also in the FA Cup semi-final, the second cup semi-final they have reached this season. They come up against Manchester City and many people have already condemned Chelsea to defeat.

However, Chelsea’s recent performance at the Etihad Stadium suggests they have what it takes to match Manchester City at Wembley Stadium.

The fitness of Cole Palmer will be key for Chelsea in the closing stages of the season. The 21 year old has made 24 appearances in the Premier League this season, scoring 11 goals and recording 8 assists.

There have been many arrivals at Stamford Bridge over the past two years but Palmer has been the standout signing.

If he can continue to deliver and Chelsea can pick up at least 3 wins from their next 4 Premier League matches, which should be possible given the opposition, this season could end on a high.

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Premier League
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L +/-
1
Manchester City 73 32 22 7 3 44
2
Arsenal 71 32 22 5 5 49
3
Liverpool 71 32 21 8 3 41
4
Aston Villa 63 33 19 6 8 19
5
Tottenham 60 32 18 6 8 16
6
Newcastle United 50 32 15 5 12 17
7
Manchester United 50 32 15 5 12 -1
8
West Ham 48 33 13 9 11 -6
9
Chelsea 47 31 13 8 10 9
10
Brighton 44 32 11 11 10 2
11
Wolverhampton 43 32 12 7 13 -5
12
Fulham 42 33 12 6 15 -2
13
Bournemouth 42 32 11 9 12 -10
14
Crystal Palace 33 32 8 9 15 -17
15
Brentford 32 33 8 8 17 -11
16
Everton 27 32 9 8 15 -16
17
Nottingham Forest 26 33 7 9 17 -16
18
Luton Town 25 33 6 7 20 -24
19
Burnley 20 33 4 8 21 -35
20
Sheffield United 16 32 3 7 22 -54

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