Chelsea spent Saturday night back in fourth after our comprehensive 4-1 win over Crystal Palace earlier that evening, but how long we would stay there was always pending the result of West Ham’s match on Sunday.
And that result, as it turns out, was not quite so favorable for us, with the Hammers beating third place Leicester City, 3-2. With Manchester United loanee Jesse Lingard in career-best form (8 goals, 4 assists in 9 games), West Ham took a 3-0 lead — just as they had done in their previous two matches, against Arsenal and Wolves — and then hung on late for the result — again, just as they had done in the other two games (with Arsenal actually completing the comeback but Wolves falling short, 3-2, just as Leicester). David Moyes’ West Ham United, the great entertainers of the Premier League, who’da thunk it!?
On the bright side, West Ham’s win means that Leicester City have now been dragged back into the top-four fight after back-to-back losses, which means that there are two spots up for grabs rather than just the one. If we keep winning, we should be able to get one of those two — we play West Ham in a couple weeks in fact, and Leicester City on the penultimate matchday. With Liverpool waking up (three wins in a row), Spurs stumbling once again (one win in four), and Everton still with a match-in-hand (they play Brighton tonight), there are plenty of others potentially still vying for those spots as well of course, but if we take care of our own business, they won’t matter.