This Saturday a crucial game is played for the outcome in the fight to go to the Champions League in the Premier. It is the London derby West Ham-Chelsea, 5th and 4th in the English championship table at the moment, tied at 55 points. The ‘blues’ now occupy the fourth and last place in the Premier League thanks to goal difference. That is why Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool also ‘plays’ in the London Olympics: if they win the ‘reds’ also this Saturday against Newcastle, a draw at West Ham-Chelsea would allow them to overtake both.
Liverpool are currently 2 points behind David Moyes’s West Ham (a great revelation of the present Premier) and Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea. Meanwhile, Newcastle, Klopp’s rivals at Anfield on matchday 32, are 15th, 8 points behind relegation, which Fulham marks with 27.
At Stamford Bridge, Chelsea, still led by Frank Lampard (he was sacked on January 25 and replaced by Tuchel on 26), snapped a 3-game winless streak by beating West 3-0 on December 21, 2020. Ham, with a double from Tammy Abraham and a goal from Thiago Silva.
Like Liverpool, which is also 2 points away from the ‘blues’ and ‘hammers’, and from the Champions League, is Tottenham, in which José Mourinho was dismissed on Monday and now the former Spurs midfielder Ryan Mason exercises as an interim coach until the end of the season. Tottenham are 6th (beating Liverpool 7th on goal difference) and are not playing Premier this weekend: they play the English League Cup final against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City on Sunday at Wembley.