Chelsea’s cause for concern in Champions League race with Man United when Premier League returns

With football on hold, fans are waiting to see how the 2019/20 Premier League season will end.

The clubs are committed to completing the season properly if they can, so if football is given the all clear to resume then focus will swiftly switch to the remaining fixtures and what teams can hope to take from them.

Chelsea are currently in fourth position, three points clear of Manchester United, having played 29 matches. If they can have a strong end to the campaign, they should be able to secure Champions League football for 2020/21.

But how have they done over the final nine games of seasons in the past? The Blues have taken an average of 23% of their final points tally in that period since 2010/11. As nine matches accounts for 24 per cent of the 38 game season, it suggests their form has remained consistent throughout the campaign in the past.

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For instance, Chelsea only took 10 points from their closing nine matches in 2015/16, but they had been poor throughout that season so it was to be expected.

Those 10 points accounted for a fifth of their final total of 50. Another year when they took 20 percent of their total in the last nine games – their lowest proportion in any of the last nine seasons – was 2013/14, when better form may have seen them win the Premier League.

One notable victory that year was a 2-0 win at Anfield, and that’s a fixture they still have to face in 2019/20. Chelsea also won at Liverpool in 2014/15, but have picked up three draws and a defeat in the fixture since then.

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