Just What Will Happen Next in the Race for the Champions League?

The battle for European places continues on Tuesday and Wednesday. There have been many twists and turns this season. What will happen next? A goalkeeper scoring in the last minute cannot be beaten, or can it? Let’s take a look at the most important games with some betting odds too.

Tuesday 18 May: Chelsea v Leicester City (8.15pm KO)

Just three days after their FA Cup final, these two teams meet again in a vital Premier League fixture. The new fans of VAR, Leicester City are in third place, two points clear of Chelsea and three ahead of Liverpool in fifth.

Winning the FA Cup is a great achievement, and they did beat two of the top four in the league to do so. Clinching a place in the Champions League for only the second time is worth a lot more financially. A win at Chelsea won’t quite get them there but a defeat would get them all jittery. Their final game is home to Tottenham and their record at the King Power stadium leaves a lot to be desired. 11 away league games have been won this season. One more would be just what the doctor needed.

Chelsea have two cracks at qualifying for the Champions League. Finish in the top four or just beat Manchester City to win this season’s competition. They might need the latter as Chelsea come into this game having not scored in their last two matches.

Liverpool will of course be hoping for a draw here. They may well get their wish with this bound to be a tight game. Only a wonder goal (and VAR) prevented extra time on Saturday. Under 2.5 goals looks possible too. Eight of the last nine Chelsea home league games have seen that stat come up. You can get 27/10 at William Hill on a draw and 7/10 on under 2.5 goals being scored.

Wednesday 19 May: Burnley v Liverpool (8.15pm KO)

Two wins for Liverpool will see them in the Champions League next season. That amazing late goal from their goalie has taken them to within a point of the top four. Just think what they could have achieved if having a decent home record. Now that’s a sentence not expected to have been written this season.

Their last 10 away league games have produced 22 points, at home it’s just eight. A terrible record at Anfield and goalkeepers scoring winners, yes, it’s been a crazy season for Liverpool. Five of their last six away league games have been won and three of the last four have had over 2.5 goals scored in them. It’s 4/7 at Paddy Power that Liverpool win this match with over 2.5 goals in the match.

They’ll certainly be fancying their chances against a Burnley side that lost 4-0 at home to Leeds on Saturday. Whatever the result on Tuesday and in this game, the battle for Champions League qualification will go down to the final day. Liverpool will want to win here and start Sunday in the top four. Mind you, their last game is at home to Crystal Palace, and anything could happen there the way Liverpool play at Anfield.