Things to watch out for in mid-week Premier League action as Chelsea could lose third place

As we approach the final week of the season, the Premier League returns on Tuesday for a big set of mid-week games.

Not every team is in action, but there are a lot of important games to play with the heat of battle for the Champions League, the Golden Boot race and, of course, Steven Gerrard against Liverpool.

Chelsea could now actually slip out of third place despite looking comfortable for so many months, and re-established Everton could go one step closer to securing survival in the Premier League on Wednesday night.

Sportsmail he takes a closer look at the things to watch out for from Tuesday to Thursday, with upheavals sure to happen at both ends of the table.

Chelsea are in danger of slipping out of third place in the Premier League after a bad series

THIS WEEKLY SCHEDULE

TUESDAY

Aston Villa – Liverpool, 8 p.m.

WEDNESDAY

Leeds – Chelsea, 7.30 pm

Leicester v. Norwich, 7:45 p.m.

Watford v Everton, 7:45 p.m.

Wolves – Man City, 8:15 p.m.

THURSDAY

Tottenham v Arsenal, 19.45

Can Chelsea really lose control of the third?

Chelsea have looked third for quite some time, but now face the danger of losing that spot and even missing out on the Champions League, although the latter seems unlikely.

The Blues have struggled lately, winning just two of their last six, and have failed to win their last three Premier League games.

That poor form has led Arsenal to catch up with them as they are now sitting just one point behind, while Tottenham are still five behind in their last three games.

But Thomas Tuchel’s team is facing an easier opponent in Leeds who is also struggling and has slipped into the relegation zone.

It’s a game both sides have to win for very different reasons, but new Blues owner Todd Boehly will encourage them to secure football in the Champions League next season.

A win over Leeds would almost secure a place among the top four with Arsenal and Tottenham against each other on Thursday night.

Chelsea must reverse their fortune to finish third or face Arsenal capture

Chelsea must reverse their fortune to finish third or face Arsenal capture

Gerrard v Liverpool

When you think of Liverpool, you think of Steven Gerrard.

It will be strange for Reds fans and the former midfielder himself to clash once again tonight.

Still, it’s something he’ll have to get used to, as Gerrard has impressed already in his managerial career with Rangers, and now Will.

Villa come after Saturday’s 3-1 win at Burnley that left them in 11th place, and Gerrard wants his men to stand up to his former club and even potentially end any hope they have in the title race.

Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard will fight his former Liverpool club on Tuesday

‘Liverpool are a world-class team. Probably the best team in the world right now. We are aware of the challenges, ‘said Gerrard.

‘I have said many times that I respect the coach and the professional staff there. Either you are afraid of it or you will shrug your shoulders and try to take it over and find situations where you can have your moments in the game.

‘Every team on the planet, historically or now, there are always areas or situations in the game where you can hurt them.

‘We are aware of the magnitude of the challenge, but it is exciting and I look forward to it. Big football matches are what it’s all about. ‘

Gerrard has described his former club Liverpool as currently the best team in the world

Gerrard has described his former club Liverpool as currently the best team in the world

The race for the Golden Boot is heating up

Mohamed Salah is currently leading the race with 22 goals, although Tottenham striker Heung-Min Son is hot on the tail with 20.

The Egyptian national team player will hope to fill his football boots against Aston Villa on Tuesday night to break any hope that the Son – or even Cristiano Ronaldo – has to catch him.

Ronaldo has 18 goals and only one game left this season, so if he doesn’t score a bucket, it’s a two-horse race for the title.

Son also has a tougher match than Salah as the Spurs face fierce rivals Arsenal on Thursday – meaning it could be the perfect opportunity for the former Roma star to extend his lead with a goal to win the award for the third time.

Mohamed Salah leads the scorers' list with 22 goals

Heung-Min Son has just two goals behind Salah at 20

The Golden Boot race could end between Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah (left) and Tottenham’s Heung-Min Son (right)

The biggest derby in north London in the last few years

It’s a big opportunity no matter when he’s on the roster, but the North London derby on Thursday is even more important than usual.

The match between Tottenham and Arsenal will play a big role in the fight for the first four, adding extra spice to the already fiery clash.

Arsenal are currently third and have four points more than the Spurs in fourth, but it’s not just next season’s Champions League football – and a trifle of around £ 35 million in qualifying money – but also big bragging rights.

The winner could prevent the other from playing in an elite European competition, which is why they would have to settle for European League football.

The North London derby has even more spice than usual as it is a fight for the top four

The North London derby has even more spice than usual as it is a fight for the top four

Can Everton take another step towards security?

A team that seemed destined to be relegated just a few weeks ago could go a step closer to securing survival in the Premier League when it plays Watford on Wednesday night.

The Toffees have won three of their last five Premier League games, and the other results are a defeat by Liverpool in a Merseyside derby and a draw at home to Leicester City.

Frank Lampard’s team will be supported to continue this rich form and take advantage of the meeting with Watford, which has already been eliminated.

They will see this as a good opportunity to make good use of their game, although Leeds are also playing, but they will face a tough test at Chelsea.

Everton can take another step towards Premier League security by beating Watford

Everton can take another step towards Premier League security by beating Watford

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