It may be all over for West Brom and Wolves but both Villa and Blues have plenty to play for. Despite Steve Bruce understandably saying they have to keep going while the second automatic spot is still mathematically possible with three games to go. Realistically it looks like the playoffs so finishing 3rd or 4th would guarantee being at home game in the second leg.
It’s the richest mini competition in world where 3rd placed take on the 6th placed team and the 4th placed team facing the 5th placed for a place in the final where the reward is a guaranteed minimum 160 million pounds which includes parachute payments when and if a team is relegated back to the Championship.
At the other end of the table Blues have 2 home games against Sheffield United and Fulham and an away game at QPR to save themselves from the drop into League One. The team below them, Barnsley have a game in hand and are just two points behind Garry Monks men. The two home games are absolutely crucial although with every point a prisoner anything from QPR, who by the way have the best home record outside the top half of the table, would be a massive bonus.
You don’t have to be a genius to see that it will be team from Barnsley, Blues, and Bolton who will drop out although having said that Reading are only 3 points better off and could easily slip into trouble.
It’s going to be a nervous nail-biting time for Blues fans and I have already finished with my hands and am starting on my toes.