We don’t know who will win the Premier League yet but we do know the teams in the running, Manchester City and Liverpool have already qualified for next seasons Champions League. But there are still two places up for grabs and yet there are 4 teams chasing those places. It looks like it will go down to the wire, but which two teams are likely to get the places?
Tottenham are the clear favourites to seal a Champions League top 4 position and are currently in 3rd place with 70 points. They have a 3 point advantage over their direct rivals with just 3 games left to play. Tottenham start their games off with a home match against West Ham. This should be straight forward but the club will be thinking of their Champions League match against Ajax, the semi-final showdown is a huge part of Spurs’ footballing history and the players will be thinking of it. That game could well end in a draw.
After that Tottenham will be away to Bournemouth who are safe and now playing for anything and they should be able to get a hard working win there. They will finish the season off at home against in form Everton. This should be a fascinating game but the club will be determined to get all 3 points at their new stadium to wrap the season up. It won’t be easy for Spurs but we can see them getting at least 7 points.
Final Points Total: 77pts.
Chelsea have blown hot and cold this season and have looked like world beaters at times. But the second half of the season has seen Maurizio Sarri’s side struggle more and they have concentrated more on their Europa League campaign. They will play Manchester United away this weekend and we can’t see them getting anything from a very difficult game plus they have the Europa League semi-finals on their mind. Win that and they get to play in the Champions League anyway.
After that they will be at home to Watford, and while Chelsea will still see the Europa League as priority we do expect them to get a win in this match. But it will be very close judging on how the team have performed over the past few months. They finish the season away to Leicester which will be a difficult game, and the best we can see there is that they walk away with a draw.
Final Points Total: 71pts.
Much like Chelsea, Arsenal will have the Europa League on their mind where they have reached the semi finals and will play Valencia in what could be two very difficult games for the club. We could also have an all English final which would be quite incredible.
As for the games, Arsenal will play Leicester away on Sunday. Arsenal have been in poor form losing their last 2 games and conceding 6 goals, but we don’t think this will last with the quality they have and they can beat Leicester. The Gunners rarely lose 3 games in a row, and will have to be at their best against the Foxes.
Next Arsenal will play Brighton who have been very poor but fighting for survival, and Arsenal should have more than enough to get all 3 points at home, they have lost just 2 times at the Emirates all season. They finish the season with an away game against Burnley who might be able to come away with a draw, so we see Arsenal getting at least 7 points.
Final Points Total: 73pts.
Somehow United still have a chance after their poor form in recent weeks and even if they do not qualify for the Champions League they have given it a massive shot in the arm since December and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s arrival. They will play Chelsea on Sunday and we believe that the club can get the win at home and turn their poor form around. It is a massive game for both sides considering they are both going for 4th place.
After that and considering the club are not involved in any other competitions unlike their rivals they will play Huddersfield, the poorest side in the league. They will be away granted, but we expect an easy win over a side who have lost 28 times this season. United finish their season at home to Cardiff. They could end up relegating them on the final day of the season or maybe the club will be down by then anyway. It doesn’t matter, United will have too much class for the team and should win that too. We see them finishing on a high and getting 9 points.
Final Points Total: 73.
So from the above we see Tottenham getting 3rd place but Arsenal and Manchester United finishing with 73 points each and Chelsea missing out on 71. Goal difference could be the key between United and Arsenal.
Currently Arsenal have an advantage of +16 goals over United, so that looks to have sealed the deal and by the skin of their teeth Arsenal should be able to fend off United even if they win all their remaining games.
We will wait and see if indeed it plays out like this.
3rd- Tottenham 77
4th Arsenal 73
5th Manchester United 73
6th Chelsea 71