With there only being eight games remaining of the Premier League season the race for Champions League places are heating up. There just four points separating third and sixth place making the final two Champions League spots anyone’s for the taking.
The only thing that could determine the top four is the fact that some teams have a harder run than others which means the big teams need to show perseverance.
The Solskjaer Effect
If we go back just a few weeks ago we would never have said there was any race really for Top Four. Spurs were comfortably ahead and were actually in the title race, chasing Manchester City and Liverpool. Chelsea were thriving under Sarri and appeared to be a team to be reckoned with. Arsenal were struggling and there were signs of Emery out. Manchester United were in anguish under Mourinho with the team not playing to their full potential. Since the arrival of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer there has been a dramatic change in the Premier League.
North London Rivarly
Now a few weeks on Spurs have dropped tremendously, they have managed to only take one point from their last four Premier League games. Their place in the Top Four is now under serious threat as they still have Manchester City and Liverpool to play before the end of the season. They are just one point above arch rivals Arsenal, who moved into fourth after an impressive victory over Manchester United on Sunday. The Gunners appear to be in great form and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Their chances of securing a top four place is without a doubt the easiest of the four teams as they have none of the big six to play for the remainder of the season.
Manchester United can still not be discounted as the loss to Arsenal was only their first since the arrival of Solskjaer. Their impressive victory over PSG last week showed that they still do belong in the big time. Although it won’t be as easy to make the top four for the Red Devils as they still have Manchester City and Chelsea to play. Speaking of Chelsea, they are just one point behind United with a game in hand which puts them in a great position to move back into the Top Four. They haven’t been in the best form of late but with players like Hazard and new signing Higuain they are still in with a shot.
Both Arsenal and Chelsea have the chance to qualify for the Champions League not through the Premier League but rather the Europa League. Either side need to win the Europa League but it’s going to be a tough task for Arsenal who have to turn around a 3-1 defeat suffered against Rennes. Chelsea seem comfortable and already through after beating Dynamo Kyiv 3-0 in the first leg. Spurs and United are still in with a long shot if they manage to win the Champions League as both teams have qualified for the quarter-finals after wins against Borussia Dortmund and PSG respectively.
Never Say Die
The race for the Top Four is sure to be an entertaining one as any of the teams have the chance of making it. The race is sure to go down to the wire which makes for exciting football and why we love the Premier League so much.