Chelsea defeated Leicester away 9-0 while Arsenal’s game was postponed due to Covid cases at Tottenham, meaning Chelsea have caught up on their game in hand and now lead the table, a point ahead of the Gunners in the FA WSL.
Chelsea are now in the driving seat and, should they win their five remaining games, they will be crowned champions again.
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The remaining fixtures for the two sides are:
Sun 03 Apr Leicester v Arsenal, Chelsea v Reading
Sun 24 Apr Everton v Arsenal, Tottenham v Chelsea
Sun 01 May Birmingham v Chelsea, Arsenal v Aston Villa
Sun 08 May West Ham v Arsenal, Chelsea v Manchester United
tbc Arsenal v Tottenham, Chelsea v Tottenham
It is hard to see Chelsea dropping points in those five games, so Arsenal will have to get 15 points and hope for a miracle.
In the relegation battle, Birmingham still look doomed with an eight point gap over Leicester, who have done really well since their managerial change with four wins compared to Birmingham’s one.
Birmingham have a game in hand and could close the gap to five points, but it would be an extraordinary scenario to see the Foxes relegated.
In the battle for the third and final Champions League place, Manchester United are three points ahead of Manchester City who have a game in hand.
Goal difference also favours United with +21 against +17.
Tottenham are not mathematically out of it, but their games in hand are against the two title contenders.
Next up for Arsenal is the Champions League second leg at Wolfsburg with all to play for after the 1-1 draw at the Emirates Stadium.
While the North London Derby postponement was an inconvenience, it allowed Arsenal to have a proper rest and nearly a full week to prepare for that game.
At the same time, Wolfsburg had to play and win a tough Bundesliga game against Frankfurt.
Considering how energy sapping the first leg was, with a tough physical battle, that extra rest is certainly welcomed and will help the Arsenal in the latter stages of the game on Thursday.
These elite games are won in the small details and even an extra 1% can help make the difference.