The Top Four Race: Who’ll Miss Out On Champions League Football Next Season?
The race for the Champions League slots is arguably more intriguing than the title race at the moment with four teams vying for two slots into next season’s premier club competition.
Arsenal, surprisingly, lead the pack in third place following a sensation run of recent results which has seen the Gunners leapfrog Chelsea, Manchester United and Spurs.
Spurs are on a downward spiral, but Mauricio Pochettino’s men are still in the top four and have five of their remaining seven games at home. Man Utd and Chelsea are currently playing catch-up but there are only three points separating all four sides.
Below we predict who will finish where:
6th place: Chelsea
The Blues are currently in turmoil and were very close to losing all three points against relegation candidates Cardiff City last weekend. The travelling faithful were heard calling for Mauricio Sarri’s head which doesn’t bode well for their top four chances.
5th place: Spurs
Their form is that of a side battling relegation, picking up one point out of their last 15. That point, ironically, came against Arsenal in a game in which the hosts were given a penalty from an offside scenario.
Spurs’ remainder of the season will be played at home, but that home is one where the north London side are yet to step foot in.
4th place: Manchester United
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s honeymoon period is over and while he’s done a great job to bring Man Utd back into the conversation in terms of a top-four finish, the job is far from complete. Having said that, Tuesday’s defeat to Wolves has left them relying on other results to prevent a Europa League campaign.
Nevertheless, the Red Devils have enough momentum to get over the line.
3rd place: Arsenal
Unai Emery may just shock the nation and solidify Arsenal as the third-best side in the country – against all the odds. Finishing sixth last season and way off the pace in terms of the top four, the Spaniard was given a restricted budget to strengthen the squad.
He signed a few players, none of which captured the imagination in terms of their star-power and after a tough few months in the winter period, Arsenal could find themselves back among the elite for the first in three years.