The race for the top four is well and truly on. With eight games left for Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United, and nine for Chelsea, the season is coming to it’s end, but there is still all to play for between these four teams.
Spurs currently sit in third position, Arsenal in fourth, United in fifth and Chelsea in sixth. Four points separate the teams leaving the question, who will finish in the much desired top four positions come the end of the season?
Arsenal arguably are in the most favourable position. Saturday marked their last match against the ‘big six’, as they dispatched Manchester United, to top off what turned out as a very successful weekend, as Spurs were beaten at St Mary’s before Chelsea managed to drop points to Wolves at Stamford Bridge.
To finish the season they face three top half teams in Wolves, Watford and Leicester and five bottom half teams. The real problem that comes with that run of fixtures is the fact that five of those fixtures come away from the Emirates. Arsenal’s away record is not one to be envious of, having won just five of fourteen played away from the Emirates this season.
In fact, if the table was organised on points won away only, Arsenal sit ninth. However, due to a recent resurgence of defensive prowess in the form of a Sokratis – Koscielny partnership and a very much in form Bernd Leno, Arsenal could still very much be in contention for third place.
Everyone else: fighting for fourth?
The other three teams face tougher opposition to round off the season. Tottenham still face Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield and The Etihad, respectively. Man United face Man City in the Manchester derby and Chelsea, both at home. Chelsea face Man United away and Liverpool also away.
It’s still all to play for
Looking at the current standings, and fixtures remaining, it would appear Arsenal have the most favourable chances of achieving a Champions League spot.
However, with the good form of Man United (despite the Arsenal game), and the always likelihood of Chelsea and Spurs being able to turn around the fortunes, the spots still remain heavily contention and the neutral is in for a fiercely contested, exciting end to the season.