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Joe Cole makes Chelsea vs Aston Villa, Liverpool vs crystal palace and Leicester city vs Tottenham predictions



Joe Cole

Joe Cole is confidently backing both Chelsea and Liverpool to win their final matches of the season to secure their places in the top four but sees Leicester dropping points and losing out on Champions League football.

Chelsea are currently third in the Premier League table on 67 points, with Liverpool in fourth on 66 – only ahead of fifth-placed Leicester on goal difference.

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Chelsea are set to take on Aston Villa at Villa Park, while Jurgen Klopp’s side host Crystal Palace at Anfield.

Leicester, meanwhile, face Tottenham at the King Power Stadium and will be mostly be dependent on the teams above them dropping points to get back into the top-four.

Cole feels Chelsea and Liverpool will get the job done with victories on the last day of the season and tipped Leicester to draw with Spurs and destroy their Champions League hopes.

‘Clubs of that stature [Chelsea and Liverpool] when they get that many bites of the apple they don’t usually mess up,’

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Cole told JOE. However, the ex-Blues winger is wary of the threat that Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish, who recently returned from injury, could pose.

‘I’m throwing another thing in there, though,’ he added. ‘Villa at home, Jack Grealish’s last game, fans in the stadium, you worry.”

‘There’s so many things to throw in.  ‘They [Chelsea] should do it.’

After Sunday’s crunch clash against Villa on Sunday, Chelsea then have a Champions League final to contend with against Manchester City on May 29.

Although Thomas Tuchel was delighted with his team’s performance in their vital 2-1 victory against Leicester in midweek, he is fully focused on the two huge games to come.

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‘It was an outstanding performance but the job is not done. We have two more to go,’ Tuchel told Sky Sports. ‘It was a big win but it is not time for celebration yet.’