How many points Chelsea need to seal top-four finish ahead of Man United and Tottenham

Chelsea are still in the driving seat for a top-four finish in the Premier League this season.

The Blues maintained their three-point lead over Manchester United after both teams drew against Bournemouth and Everton respectively last weekend.

Frank Lampard’s side are next in action on Sunday when they welcome the Toffees to Stamford Bridge , with top-four rivals effectively from fifth-placed United all the way down to Arsenal in 10th all in action this weekend.

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Manchester City’s two-year ban from the Champions League is to be appealed, but if the decision stands fifth-place becomes all the more important as it will come with a place in Europe’s top tier competition next season.

But on the safe side, it’s best to aim for a top-four finish and with as many as eight teams battling for one position, it is going to come down to who can stay consistent.

Chelsea have now amassed 45 points after 28 games, Man United and Wolves are locked on 42 points after 28 games,  Tottenham Hotspur and Sheffield United are on 40 points, but the latter have a game in hand and Burnley have 38 points after 28 games.

Meanwhile Arsenal are on 37 points and too have a game in hand which is against Man City next week.

So what does this all mean for Chelsea, Lampard and the top-four?

Well, the maximum number of points United and Wolves can now achieve is 72 – provided they win all 10 of their remaining matches. For Spurs it is 70, the Blades can reach 73, Burnley can get 68 and Arsenal’s maximum points total is 70 if they can remain perfect between now and May.

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Lampard’s side also have 10 games left in their season, and the Blues could achieve a maximum of 75 points by the end of the campaign.

As a result, 74 points will be enough to seal yet another top-four finish.

Nine wins and a draw would be the dream…