Tuesday's match at Stamford Bridge will help us answer the Premier League's most pressing question: Does anyone actually want to finish in fourth place?
Chelsea currently hold England's last UEFA Champions League spot, leading Tuesday opponents -- and London rivals -- Arsenal by a whopping 10 points. Yet, the Blues' grip on fourth place is tenuous at best, as they have not won consecutive league games since November 9. Tuesday begins a four-match stretch in which Chelsea play Arsenal, third-place Leicester City, fifth-place Manchester United and eighth-place Tottenham Hotspur. It has the potential to be the Blues' season-defining stretch.
Arsenal, meanwhile, are still struggling for form under new manager Mikel Arteta. They're unbeaten in their last three Premier League matches, but the Gunners drew Crystal Palace and Sheffield United in their last two. Qualifying for the Champions League could be too tall of a task, but Arsenal absolutely need to win away from home Tuesday if they're to have any hope of pulling it off.
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Here's how to watch Tuesday's Chelsea-Arsenal match live online and on NBCSN.
When: Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 3:15 p.m. ET/12:15 p.m. ET
Online: NBC Sports
The pressure is on Chelsea (12-5-8; 41 points).
The fourth-place Blues are only a point ahead of fifth-place Tottenham Hotspur (and former manager José Mourinho) in the race for UEFA Champions League qualification. Chelsea are winless in their last three matches, and dropped points Monday against Manchester United (9-8-8; 35 points) at Stamford Bridge would set up a scintillating showdown between the London rivals next Saturday. A win would rob Mourinho of his desired drama, however, and the Blues would have some much-needed separation between them and their closest rivals.
Manchester City's Champions League ban could ultimately make it a moot point, but United now have an opportunity thanks to their cross-town rivals. Manchester United are five points back of Spurs (and six back of Chelsea), so an away win would go a long way towards ensuring a legitimate race for the final Champions League spot down the stretch. United haven't won a Premier League match away from home this decade (they beat Burnley 2-0 at Turf Moor on Dec. 28, 2019), and the Red Devils will need to find their form fast.
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Here's how to watch Monday's Chelsea-Manchester United match online and on TV.
When: Monday, Feb. 17 at 3:00 p.m. ET/12:00 p.m. PT
Live stream: NBC Sports
Be on alert for boo-birds at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.
Arsenal (6-13-6; 31 points) have drawn four straight Premier League matches under manager Mikel Arteta. Squint hard enough and the Gunners have a path to the UEFA Champions League, but they need to start winning matches and Arsenal supporters might not be patient with more dropped points Sunday against Newcastle United (8-7-10; 31 points).
The 12th-placed Magpies are only behind the Gunners on goal difference, but Steve Bruce's squad selection could draw jeers from the opposing supporters section. Newcastle trotted out three one-time Tottenham Hotspur players in their last match before the winter break (loanee Danny Rose and former Spurs Nabil Bentaleb and DeAndre Yedlin), and conceivably could do so again.
Rose famously scored a stunner on his Premier League debut against Arsenal a decade ago, and his new club will hope old habits die hard Sunday.
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Here's how to watch Sunday's Arsenal-Newcastle United match live online and on TV.
When: Sunday, Feb. 16 at 11:30 a.m. ET/8:30 a.m. PT
Online: NBC Sports