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Jamie Redknapp makes bold top-four prediction as Champions League race “blown wide open”


The race for the top four Premier League places and Champions League football has been ‘blown wide open’ according to Sky pundit Jamie Redknapp.

Speaking after Chelsea slumped to a 1-0 defeat against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night, Redknapp believes the result gave renewed hopes to both Liverpool and West Ham.

The Blues remain in fourth place in the standings but spurned the opportunity to firmly cement their position, while they have a run-in against third-placed Leicester and a trip to Aston Villa sandwiched between their FA Cup final and Champions League showpiece.

West Ham are six points behind Chelsea and eight off Leicester, but have a game in hand over both and are also benefitted by having no cup distractions and a kinder run-in.

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Chelsea went down to a home defeat against Arsenal on Wednesday
Chelsea went down to a home defeat against Arsenal on Wednesday

The Hammers finish their campaign with trips to Brighton and already-relegated West Brom before concluding their campaign at home to Southampton.

The door has also been left slightly ajar for Liverpool, who are one point further back in the standings but have played a game fewer than the East London side.

Tonight, Jurgen Klopp’s side face a testing trip to Manchester United before concluding their campaign with trips to West Brom and Burnley before hosting Crystal Palace on the final day.

Redknapp told Sky Sports: “If Liverpool win tomorrow I think the rest of the games they can get maximum points from there and it might actually make them favourites to sneak into one of those top four positions.

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“It’s so unpredictable you don’t know what is going to happen. It’s a brilliant night for Leicester, it’s a brilliant night for Liverpool, it’s a brilliant night for West Ham – they’ll still believe now that they have got a chance.

“’I think we all based it on the fact Chelsea would get three points tonight. It has been blown wide open. Tomorrow Liverpool have such a big game and if they get three points you start to believe they can actually do it.”





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