Chelsea can keep their foot on the top four pedal when they prepare for their Wednesday clash against Arsenal.
The Blues have two chances to play in next season’s Champions League. They can either finish inside the top four – they start third and in control of their own destiny – or beat Manchester City, waiting to be declared champions, in the Champions League final later in the month.
The revival under Thomas Tuchel has certainly been swift. The Blues stamped out a marker by beating Manchester City 2-1 on the weekend. The win was significant ahead of the pair’s visit to Turkey for the final in the continental cup. The second effect was that it lifted the Blues above Leicester into third on the table.
Arsenal start in ninth but 12 points behind their London rivals. The dynamic in the respective dugouts couldn’t be more different.
How much longer will Arsenal persist with former midfielder Mikel Arteta? He did save some blushes by watching his side respond to Europa League defeat with a 3-1 win over West Brom.
For the home side Mateo Kovacic and Andreas Christensen remain unavailable.
Former Chelsea defender David Luiz is unlikely to be fit to face his former employers while midfielder Granit Xhaka is also out of this clash.