The race for the top four – who will make it?
Liverpool may be reluctant to admit it but the title is pretty much in the bag so the attention turns to who will make up the top four in the Premier League.
The Reds took another step towards the title with a 2-0 win over Watford on Saturday and show absolutely no signs of letting it slip through their grasp this season as they go from strength-to-strength.
Leicester stumbled with a 1-1 draw at home to Norwich that leaves them 10 points behind Jurgen Klopp’s men, while Manchester City need to beat Arsenal on Sunday to get within 14 points of the leaders.
Only a collapse of mammoth proportions would see Liverpool lose the title now, so we may as well look at the race below and see who will finish in the top four.
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Manchester City look sure to take one of the remaining three spots. Yes Pep Guardiola’s men have slipped a couple of notches below their impeccably high standards this season and in all likelihood won’t retain their title, but it is crazy to think they will miss out on the top four.
Focus will no doubt switch to winning the Champions League this season but they still have enough to finish in the top four and will continue to push hard for the title until it is impossible to catch Liverpool.
Leicester have had a remarkable season so far. To see them in second and disappointed to drop points against Norwich, shows how far they have come under the leadership of Brendan Rodgers, who will guide them into the Champions League.
They are 14 points clear of fifth place and should have what it takes to keep picking up the points to secure their place in Europe’s elite competition next season.
So realistically there is one spot up for grabs and it could be anyone’s. Two weeks ago, you would have put Chelsea in the box seat but following an alarming run of form, including home defeats against West Ham and Bournemouth, they are looking vulnerable.
They occupy fourth spot for now, but that could change quickly if their current run of form continues. Frank Lampard may be thanking his lucky stars that the transfer ban has been lifted allowing him to bolster his ranks in January.
Sheffield United have had a remarkable season so far and sit in fifth, but even the most optimistic Blades fan will not be expecting them to break in to the top four this season.
On current form it is Manchester United who look most likely to do it. They have beaten Tottenham and Manchester City to move them four points behind Chelsea and another win over Everton on Sunday will have them within touching distance. Consistency has been an issue for United, but if they find it, then fourth spot could be theirs.
The amount of games is likely to catch up with Wolves as the season progresses, while Arsenal need a new manager to rejuvenate them if they are to have a chance.
Tottenham and Jose Mourinho will fancy their chances and there will be another test of their credentials when they take on Wolves at Molineux on Sunday.