With the title looking done and dusted, just 4 points separate second place and sixth place in the Premier League and with some tasty fixtures coming up, we take a look at who is most likely to miss out on the top four.
Tottenham took full advantage of Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United’s matches were all postponed due to the League Cup final. They romped to a 4-o first half lead in their match against Stoke City this weekend. Any thoughts of a Europa League hangover were quickly dispelled as a 24 minute hat trick from Harry Kane and a goal from Dele Alli on the 45th minute wrapped up the three points for Tottenham Hotspur. Although there wer no more goals to come in this match, Tottenham had done all the hard work and took their foot off the gas in the second half.
With Liverpool facing a trip to managerless Leicester City tonight, the Reds will fully expect to take 3 points from Leicester who are without a win in their last six and have lost their last five on the bounce. It’s a far cry from last season for Leicester who dropped into the relegation zone at the weekend thanks to a Crystal Palace win. A win for Liverpool in this match could see them climb to third place, and as they gear up to face Arsenal this weekend, two wins in a row could see them open up a four point gap on the Gunners.
Manchester City were scheduled to take on Manchester United but this was postponed due to the League Cup final. City has a relatively easy run of fixtures coming up with Sunderland and Stoke City in the coming weeks. However, after those matches they face Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea in quick succession and that run, along with the return leg of their Champions League tie with Monaco, where they lead 5-3 will surely define their season.
Jose Mourinho has Manchester United firing now and they have won their first silverware under him as well as winning their last seven matches in all competitions on the bounce. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been hugely influential this season and with 15 league goals and a double in the cup final, looks to have played his way to a new contract offer.
Defeats in the league to Chelsea and Watford look to have ended Arsenal’s title ambitions and a 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Bayern Munich mean any chance of progression in the Champions League is now over. They must concentrate on the league and have some tough games coming up against Liverpool and Manchester City.
As the season comes to a climax, it’s all to play for and almost impossible to predict who will finish in the top 4 this season.
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