Cech hopes to avoid play-off

Petr Cech is hoping that Chelsea can avoid the need to take in a third-place play-off with capital rivals Arsenal.

Last Updated: 16/05/13 at 10:44 Post Comment

Petr Cech: Looking for Chelsea to wrap up third place against Everton on Sunday

Petr Cech: Looking for Chelsea to wrap up third place against Everton on Sunday

Heading into the final round of fixtures in the 2012/13 Premier League season, there is still a chance that the top flight campaign could extend past Sunday afternoon.

With the battle for UEFA Champions League qualification set to go down to the wire, there remains the possibility that Chelsea and Arsenal will end with the same points total, the same goal difference and the same amount of goals scored.

For that to happen, the Blues will have to be held at home by Everton and Arsenal will have to overcome Newcastle at St James' Park - netting one more goal than Chelsea manage and winning by a one-goal margin.

Were the two sides to end the season all square, a play-off will be staged at a neutral venue - possibly over two legs.

Chelsea, though, will head into the weekend looking to avoid the need for another fixture to be added to what has been a gruelling campaign.

Cech feels it would be harsh on the Blues if they were forced to take in another game and is determined to help ensure that is not the case.

He told Sky Sports: "I don't really understand it. I know this is the rule, but we beat them twice over the course of the season - home and away.

"Getting to a play-off, it would be really extraordinary but the rules are like that. Hopefully it won't happen."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

D

on't go to England at your age, you'll either be mugged or not appreciated. Or made to lump the ball long to a bloke who looks like a mascot.

megabrow (cufc)
Beckenbauer warns Schweinsteiger

F

rom the headline I presumed he meant boots, pants, jim-jams, toothbrush and paste, passport, tickets, premier inn long-term package, Scouse-English-Portuguese-German dictionary, 'How to be a 9 and 3/4' by B. Rodgers, few dozen tins of food and Evian because you can never be sure about the local food/water...

KevinBoatang
Firmino has 'everything' for PL - Willian

H

e looked like he was playing with a plastic pound shop ball in the wind against Juve, his passing was so bad.

paddy7s
Sergio Ramos: Exactly What United Need

Footer 365

Dani Osvaldo leaves Southampton two years early

Southampton have terminated the contract of record signing Dani Osvaldo.

Slaven Bilic missing from West Ham bench for Europa League opener

Academy manager Terry Westley will be in charge when West Ham make their Europa League debut against Andorran side FC Lusitans.

Matej Vydra joins Watford on five-year deal after two loan spells

Striker Matej Vydra is back with Watford, this time on a permanent basis after signing a five-year deal to join the club from Udinese.

Mail Box

Are United Aiming Too High On Transfers?

One mailer wonders whether United are aiming a little high on their transfer ambitions. Plus, BAHs, West Ham in Europe, petty annoyances and Michu to United...

Liverpool Are Attractive To Strikers

You've got little competition and bags of service from midfield, so surely strikers would love to join Liverpool? Plus England's future, Callum Wilson handshakes and...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company