The Premier League Fight For The Title, Fourth Place and To Stay Up

With the Premier League season coming to an exciting finish, there is still plenty to play for. Who will be crowned champions, who will take the fourth and final Champions League spot and who will be relegated to the Championship?


The Title Tustle

The Premier League title seemed a foregone conclusion not so long ago, but Liverpool have dragged themselves back into the fight and we now have a tantalising battle on our hands with eight games remaining for both teams. The two sides meet this Sunday 10th April, so this particular game could be a hugely deciding factor in who wins the title, with Manchester City currently holding a slender one point advantage. City look to have the more favourable remaining fixtures, with Liverpool still due to play derby matches against Manchester United and Everton and you can guarantee both will be desperate for points for very different reasons. The toughest it gets for Man City apart from the Liverpool match is a visit to the London Stadium to face West Ham United. Any slip ups now will be costly, so neither team can afford to drop any points from now to the end of the season. I personally think Man City have the squad to manage the Champions League, FA Cup and Premier League with more comfort than Liverpool, the Premier League fixtures are much kinder to City and I also fancy City to at the very least not lose the huge match between the two sides this Sunday.

 

The Fourth Place Fight

The fight for the fourth and final Champions League spot has been an exciting battle this season, Chelsea seemed to have secured a third place finish, but could third spot now even be up for grabs too? Arsenal also seemed to be leading the race for fourth place, but after Spurs demolished Newcastle and Arsenal were demolished by Crystal Palace we now have a fight on our hands. The North London rivals are both on 54 points with Manchester United and West Ham both three points behind on 51 points, Wolves are then only two further points behind on 49 points. I personally think the fight is between the North London rivals, with the other three teams just a little bit too far back with limited games left to play. Spurs arguably have a slightly easier running and are now in the driving seat, but the North London Derby now scheduled for the 12th May could be an enormous match for both Spurs and Arsenal. Interestingly Spurs’ home form is better than Arsenal’s away form, and with the game at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, that could most definitely bode well for Spurs. Put the 12th May 7:45pm in your calendar, because that could be a North London Derby you won’t want to miss.

 

The Relegation Ruck

The relegation battle has been very interesting this season with a variety of teams struggling at times throughout the year. Norwich have scored the least goals this season, Leeds have conceded the most goals, Burnley are tied with Norwich for the least wins, Watford are tied with Norwich for the most losses and Everton are bottom of the away league table. These are the five teams I think are well and truly in the relegation fight, Newcastle and Brentford will most definitely be looking over their shoulders, but personally I think they’ve both done enough and will do enough to stay up. Norwich unfortunately I think are gone, they’ve put up a good fight and have arguably done okay under Dean Smith, but it would be a miraculous recovery if they were to stay up, especially when they have five of the top 10 still to play. With plenty of relegation six pointers coming in the remaining games, every game is going to be huge, Burnley arguably have the easiest running, but Leeds have the least games remaining with some tough fixtures to play. If I had to pick three now , I would go for Norwich 20th, Watford 19th and Everton 18th, Burnley to finish 17th and secure another season of Premier League football.


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