Premier League: How Chelsea's crucial win over Norwich City affects top four race

Premier League: How Chelsea's crucial win over Norwich City affects top four race

- Premier League's top four race is far from over, but Chelsea are having one-foot in

- The Blues took advantage of Man United's collapse against Southampton to take charge of the top four race

- The side now has a four-point advantage over United who sit 5th and Leicester City in 4th

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Chelsea's slim win over Norwich City on Tuesday night, July 14, was enough to strengthen their grip on third place.

Olivier Giroud's powerful header from Christian Pulisic's assist was all the Blues needed to increase their chances of qualifying for the Champions League.

With Man City's two-year ban from European football already lifted, other teams have been left with only two slots to fight for in the race for the top four.

City and Liverpool both look set to seal the second and first place respectively, leaving Man United, Chelsea, Leicester and others to battle for the two remaining places.

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Chelsea's win over the Canaries saw them move clear of both Leicester and United by four points at 63 with two matches left to end the season.

Fixtures against champions Liverpool and Wolves are the only two remaining matches the Frank Lampard-tutored side is yet to play.

As such, the race for the top four will no doubt go down to the wire, with United keen to earn maximum points against Crystal Palace on Thursday, July 16, to increase their top four chances.

They will then take on struggling West Ham United before entertaining Leicester in their final league match in what could be a decider on who seals a place in Europe's elite competition.

The Foxes, on the other hand will be out to make amends in their remaining matches among them an away clash against Tottenham who are also eyeing a European football slot.

Meanwhile, earlier reported that transfer window in the English Premier League will now open on July 27 as officials finally agree the new date for top clubs to buy and sell players.

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The exercise is billed to run for ten weeks starting from the following day the league season ends and then climax on October 5.

Aside that the topflight clubs will be able to do business among each other, clubs in the EFL will have theirs during the second window which begins from October 5, closing at 5pm on October 16.

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