By Amir Mir
Gary Neville believes Premier League leaders Chelsea would be “under significant pressure” if they are not leading rivals Tottenham by at least four points after the fixtures on April 30.
Antonio Conte’s side will take on Everton in a tricky encounter at Goodison Park, with Spurs hosting north London rivals Arsenal just hours later on that important Sunday afternoon.
Ronald Koeman’s team have only been beaten on one occasion in front of their own supporters during this campaign and have scored 16 goals during their last five league matches.
Depending on results leading up to that match, it is likely that the league leaders will still have a four-point lead on their title rivals.
Former Manchester United defender, Neville, who was speaking on Monday Night Football, which aired on Sky Sports 1, explained the dangers that lie ahead if that gap is narrowed.
“That weekend there,” Neville points towards a screen showing the fixtures on April 30. “If somehow there can be a reduction in the gap, I think to two points, I generally believe if Tottenham can get it to two points, Chelsea will be under significant pressure and they would be in trouble.
“I think Chelsea need to come out of those Arsenal and Everton games still [leading] by four points.”
Prior to those encounters, Chelsea will take on their London neighbours in an FA Cup semi-final this Saturday afternoon at Wembley.
The Stamford Bridge club go into that showdown having suffered a 2-0 defeat at Manchester United, while their opponents have won back-to-back league matches 4-0.
Thereafter, Tottenham will take on relegation-threatened Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park four days later, with the Blues hosting Southampton.
That will then lead the duo into their two crucial matches, which could spark trouble for either team as they aim to be crowned English champions.
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