Top Four Race Heats Up In The Premier League

With Liverpool crowned Champions recently and Man City looking comfortable in second place, the race is on to see who else will finish in the top four.

However, if City lose their appeal against a two-year ban from European competition- with the result expected to be announced next week- the club that finishes fifth in the Premier League may end up in the Champions League.

With the top two places nailed on, let us take a look at the sides challenging for possible Champions League places for next season.

Chelsea - P. 34: 60 points

Currently sitting third in the table, the Blues are on a run of just one defeat in their last six Premier League games.

That only defeat was a narrow 3-2 loss in the London Derby against West Ham United at the London Stadium.

On paper their run in looks tough with a visit to Sheffield United on Saturday, before they take on Norwich at the Bridge, with two tough games to finish with, Liverpool away and Wolves at home.

Looking at that schedule you would ink in three points against Norwich- who are looking doomed- with two of the three remaining sides (Sheffield Utd and Wolves) having a lot to play for.

Although Chelsea are building for next season with some outstanding signings, and more to come, Frank Lampard’s exciting side should hold on to a top four finish.

Leicester - P. 34: 59 points

Brendan Rodgers Fox’s side have stuttered since the restart of the Premier League.

The East Midland club have recorded just a single victory in their last five games, a 3-0 win over Crystal Palace.

Like Chelsea, Leicester have a difficult run in with a big game against Sheffield United at home to come then a trip to Tottenham before finishing their season with a crunch game at the King Power against Man United in the last game of the season.

Sandwiched in amongst these games is a trip to out of form Bournemouth this weekend.

With Jamie Vardy back amongst the goals after a barren spell, this will surely help Leicester’s final push for Europe.

Manchester United - P. 34: 58 points

OGS’s side head into the final five games of the season with momentum. The Red Devils are unbeaten since the restart and look like a side who will finish in the top four.

After a trip to troubled Aston Villa on Thursday, they welcome Southampton and West Ham to Old Trafford, with trips to Crystal Palace and Leicester to come.

Playing with so much confidence, with the likes of Bruno Fernandes, Anthony Martial and the outstanding young talent of Mason Greenwood in scintillating form, although four points behind Leicester with a game in hand, few would back against OGS’s troops to claim a Champions League spot.

Wolves - P. 34: 52 points

Nuno Santo’s side have been a joy to watch this season and could still yet sneak into the top four.

They will need to bounce back after suffering successive defeats to Arsenal and Sheffield United.

Still to come for Wolves are two home games against Everton and Crystal Palace with road trips to Burnley and Chelsea.

If they can get themselves back on track, they could possibly creep into the top five.

Sheffield United - P.34: 51 points

Would crown an outstanding season back in the Premiership for Chris Wilder’s side if they could squeeze into the top four.

After suffering three straight defeats after the restart, the Blades got themselves back on track with two wins out of their last three games against Tottenham and Wolves.

A tricky run-in sees United face Chelsea at Bramall Lane this weekend with away matches against Leicester and Southampton with Everton coming to Bramall Lane in the penultimate game of the season.

Peter Moore's Top 4 Prediction

  1. Liverpool

  2. 2. Manchester City

  3. Chelsea

  4. Leicester

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