Forget about Manchester City and Liverpool, the league title is between them, but who fills in the remaining two spots at the top of the Premier League table?
Tottenham Hotspur looked like they had secured the third spot but recent run of poor results mean they are now in the run to secure a top-four spot along with Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea.
Looking at the fixtures between the four teams, who do you think will make it into the top 4 at the end of the season?
Mauricio Pochetinno’s men still have Liverpool and Manchester City to play in their bid to qualify for the Champions League. With both key games being away from home, Spurs fans can only hope for a miracle or a draw at most.
Then there are London derbies against a well-drilled West Ham side and a stubborn Crystal Palace with Everton set to also visit them in April. Huddersfield and Brighton should not pose much of a challenge but Bournemouth will be a dicey game for Harry Kane and his teammates.
Arsenal have been in and out in their race for top 4 this season. With a remarkable victory over Manchester United on Sunday, they are back to 4th position and should they keep the momentum, they might sneak into Europe’s elite competition next season.
Unai Emery’s men face a way easier path as they are not up against any of the top six in their remaining games. However, considering Arsenal’s penchant for bottling games against the lower ranked teams, they have to be careful against the likes of Newcastle, Wolves and Everton. The Gunners also have fixtures against Leicester City, Brighton, Burnley and Watford.
Defeat to Arsenal will not deter Ole Gunnar Solskjaer one bit as he looks to secure top 4 spot as Manchester United’s interim boss.
The Red Devils have been in fine form since December, with the 2-0 defeat to Arsenal their only league defeat since replacing Jose Mourinho.
United fans will be optimistic going into the last round of games and will look to home advantage to beat Manchester City and Chelsea. Wolves, Everton and West Ham will also pose great threats to their ambition but with the form they are in, they are likely to scale through. Huddersfield, Cardiff and Watford shouldn’t pose much of a challenge for the rejuvenated side.
With the way Maurizio Sarri started off in Stamford Bridge, no one would have predicted he was going to be in 6th position with the season winding down.
Chelsea missed a big opportunity to realise their top 4 hopes with a last-minute draw to Wolves at Stamford Bridge. Sarri will be hoping they gain grounds with their match in hand against Brighton but they are still some major hurdles in away visits to title-chasing Liverpool and an awakened Manchester United who have already beaten the Blues in the FA Cup last month.
The only easy game in Chelsea’s line up will be the game against Cardiff as the Blues will definitely find it difficult to beat Everton, West Ham, Burnley, Leicester City and Watford.
Here is how we believe the table will end up based on current form (without the first two positions):
5. Manchester United
Who do you think will make it into the top 4? Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments section.