Premier League Top 4: Will it be Chelsea, Spurs or Manchester United?

It’s been a strange season in the Premier League. We’ve not seen such a dominant campaign from a team since the birth of the Premier League and Liverpool look on course to smash every record going. Despite what you may think of Liverpool or where your allegiances lie, you have to admire the work that Jurgen Klopp has undertaken in the last few seasons at Anfield. It’s a certainty that the League title will return to Merseyside for the first time since 1990 and it’ll be the first time that Liverpool have won the Premier League since its creation in 1992.

The second and third places look to be mutually competed by both Leicester City and Manchester City but they are both 25 and 26 points behind first.

The top three places, barring a major miracle look to be wrapped up with the only uncertainty being who’ll finish second and third out of Leicester and the Citizens. It’s the challenge for fourth place that’s arguably the most competitive in the Premier League – with as many as 8 clubs fancying their chances of Champions League football.

Who has the best chance of finishing in the Premier League Top 4?


Considering Chelsea lost Eden Hazard in the summer and have been under a transfer embargo for 6 months, Frank Lampard has done a tremendous job of blooding the youth of Chelsea into the first team whilst still competing. In recent weeks, Chelsea’s form has been indifferent and having lost to Manchester United last night, it’s blown fourth place wide open. Chelsea had a chance to put some daylight between them and 5th place Tottenham Hotspur but that loss means just a point separates the two with Spurs coming into some form.

Tottenham Hotspur

Spurs look a completely new side under the guidance of Jose Mourinho and have started to churn out wins that they may not have necessarily won under Pochettino. Wins against Manchester City, Aston Villa and Norwich City have seen Spurs soar up the league and put themselves right back in contention for Champions League qualification. The only real black cloud cast over Spurs’ season is the long term injury to Harry Kane. He’s not expected to return until the last game of the season.

Sheffield United

The surprise package thus far. Most fans would’ve tipped the Blades for relegation but Chris Wilder has done a miraculous job and has to be a contender for manager of the season. With their direct style of play, overlapping centre-halves and endless energy, Sheffield United have become a very hard team to beat but may lack the experience towards the latter end of the season. We’re not writing them off though, that’s for sure!

Manchester United

What has happened to Manchester United? Years of poor decisions from the top-down has finally caught up with the Red Devils. Problems on and off the pitch have led to United no longer being a serious Premier League or Champions League contender. However, they’re still a commercial powerhouse with some talented players and have slowly crept back into contention for the top 4. There’s still a lot of work to be done at Old Trafford but that win over Chelsea last night will have boosted the teams’ confidence no end as they find themselves just four points off 4th.

Wolves, Everton & Arsenal

It’s crazy to think that these three clubs are dubbed at having an outside chance of finishing in the Premier League top 4 when they are both 4 and 6 points off 4th place Chelsea. Both Wolves and Arsenal have Europa League commitments and will feel that’s their best way of qualifying for the Champions League. Everton only have the league to focus on having been knocked out of the FA Cup by a youthful Liverpool side. Under Carlo Ancelloti, Everton are unbeaten in their last 5. They’ve certainly improved since the departure of Marco Silva.

5th place for Champions League qualification

Manchester City have been banned from European football for two years having failed to comply with Financial Fair Play (pending an appeal) meaning that 5th place could well be enough for Champions League qualification should City finish in the top 4. This news has put a real spanner in the works for the Premier League and it could mean that 6th, 7th and 8th could also qualify for the Europa League too.

A huge weekend in the race for 4th place

This weekend could have a massive say in the Premier League landscape. Leicester City host Manchester City in a game that could put some daylight between the two should City win. 9th placed Everton travel to 10th placed Arsenal but neither of these games are as important in the race for 4th spot as Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspur.

Chelsea face Spurs on Saturday in the 12:30pm kick-off at Stamford Bridge and this game will have a massive say in the race for the top 4. London derbies are always a hotly contested affair but with so much riding on this game, it’s sure to be a momentous occasion.

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Champions League Highlights & Results: Matchday 3

There were wins all around for the England teams on matchday 3 of the Group Stage in the Champions League. Spurs made a thrilling comeback to defeat Red Star Belgrade 5-0, Man City didn’t come away with a clean sheet but matched Spurs in number of goals, thrashing Atalanta 5-1. Chelsea walked away from Amsterdam ArenA with three points and Liverpool, the reigning Champions of Europe continue their undefeated flight to the top after a 4-1 win over Genk.

Spurs bounce back

Mauricio Pochettino has said that Spurs Champions League victory “has restored hope in his men” and there is no doubt that they will want to carry this winning momentum on throughout the season.


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The runners-up of last years Champions League had only won four of thirteen fixtures in all tournaments this season, and the probability of a repeat of last year’s ascent to the Champions League final was looking, well, improbable. Both the boys, and the fans were beginning to seem a little disheartened, especially after the 7-1 defeat to Bayern Munich but Tuesday night erased all thoughts of doom and gloom.

Spurs displayed the level of football we had seen last year; a level of football we know they are capable of – high-quality and tactical. Harry Kane and Son Heung-min both scored twice and creative midfielder, Erik Lamela bagged one too, after a number of near-misses and excellent assists.

Kane started with an early header, landing it on the inside of the far post. Less than ten minutes later Son added another to the scoring sheet, doubling Tottenham’s lead. Unmarked, the forward came running down the left flank, to roof the ball off a sublime cross from Lamela. Red Star didn’t look like they had a chance as Pochettino’s men were running riot all over the Serbian side.

Before half-time Spurs made it 3-0 and it was Son again, who came charging down the left like a rocket on fire to receive the ball from Tanguy Ndombele. Red Star’s, Marko Marin had left the ball behind him after performing what was supposed to be an elaborate trick, though he was the one being laughed at the end. Ndombele wasted no time to collect the ball and Kane provided the perfect decoy for the two defenders as he ran up towards the right post, freeing up space for Son, who slipped it past the keeper down the left.

Son was rightly rewarded man of the match for his world-class performance and gave Pochettino more than enough reason to remain in the starting XI. He was a constant threat for Red Star and his promising performance was met by the encouraging chants of the fans in Spurs Stadium.

Lamela provided Spurs with their fourth. Aurier sent a low cross to Lamela, who had time to turn around with his back to the goal and drive it into the middle of the net – appalling defending from the home side. This was the midfielders 200th appearance for Tottenham and he made it a special one too.

Kane made it five, side-footing a pass into the bottom corner. That’s more like it COYS!

It was exactly what Spurs needed, which was echoed by Harry Kane after full time. The England international and Tottenham Hotspur captain then went on to say, “It can’t stop here, though, it was a game we were expected to win.”

Only time will tell how Spurs will continue in their race for the Champions League title but let’s hope that this new confidence breeds the same results.

Raheem Sterling scores a hat-trick for Man City

Though Atalanta put an end to Manchester City’s clean sheet in this season’s Champions League, the Citizens were in a league of their own against Gian Piero Gasperini’s men, who fall further to the bottom of Group C.

Manchester City F.CMan City were unfortunate to miss out on a place in the Champions League semi-finals last season, losing out to Tottenham Hotspur’s in the quarter-finals based on away goals as it was 4-4 agg. This year they’ll be hoping to make two colossal achievements – successive titles in the Premier League and overthrow Liverpool to walk away from Europe with the Champions League trophy too. If we think back to Liverpool’s semi-final game against Barcelona, well, that tells us all that even the impossible is possible so who’s to say Man City won’t do it?

Man City did what they do best at the Etihad and that is – make winning look easy. Aside from Phil Foden picking up two yellow cards following an unnecessary offence against Atalanta’s, Martin de Roon, Man City breezed through this game. Arguably, City were poorer in the first quarter of the game but after Atalanta converted the penalty, Pep Guardiola’s men quickly jolted to life.

Sergio Aguero opened the goal-scoring for Man City, with two in the first half. The Argentine forward has already broken a number of records at City, including being the all-time highest goal-scorer for the club and now closes in on Chelsea legend, Didier Drogba’s Champion League goal-scoring record of 36, as Aguero sits on 34.

His first goal came off a wonderful cross from Sterling at the edge-of-the-box, Aguero guided the ball past the keeper and Man City had equalised with the visiting side. Five minutes later and Sterling is sent down in the box, opening up another opportunity for Aguero to double his tally and he makes no mistake, driving a low ball into the net.

Having set up two shots now, Sterling took a hold of the scoring reigns. The Man City forward really is an extraordinary player, creating three goals in just 11 minutes. The first with assistance from Kevin Du Bruyne, who teed up with Foden to claim the third for Man City. It was magnificent play from the youngster, who wasn’t selfish at all, sending a short and quick pass to Sterling who was able to thrash it home for the Citizens.

An excellent pass from Ilkay Gündogan set up the second. Sterling raced onto the ball, leaving the defenders in the wind before slicing it into the back of the net. The Etihad was roaring. And Sterling is not even considered to be the finished article yet and is already a phenomenal player.

Mahrez set up the third, firing a cross towards the back post and Sterling finds the space. He was sharp, clinical – a whole lot of things compared to anyone else and Man City deservedly ended the game 5-1 Atalanta.

City still seem to be having defensive issues as Rodri was forced to come off in Tuesday’s Champions League game, suffering a hamstring injury. Let’s hope that this doesn’t become a problem for Pep Guardiola, who is already strained at the back.

Chelsea’s young side impress against Ajax

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Chelsea join Ajax on six points after defeating them at home on Wednesday. Michy Batshuayi put Chelsea ahead with a late goal and boost their chances of qualifying from Group H. Whilst it wasn’t a five-goal lead like we had seen from some of the other England sides, Ajax are much fiercer opponent and this will definitely be one of the biggest successes of Frank Lampard’s career as a Chelsea manager thus far.

Ultimately, it was a game that could have gone either way as both sides missed some near opportunities but Chelsea had a little more to offer in the final third and made a big statement to defeat last season’s semi-finalists. A young manager and a young team achieving this kind of result speaks a lot about the maturity of the team and the commitment of the manager. It goes without saying that Frank wants every one of his team members to feel valued and the team seem to have found a rhythm now following a shaky start in the 2019/20 campaign.

Christian Pulisic teed up with Batshuayi, also known as Captain America and Batsman, as the fans have quickly addressed them as super-duo and scored the winner. The goal came in the 85th minute and it was an emphatic finish from Batshuayi, as the shot bounced in off the underside of the crossbar.

It was Chelsea’s second successive win under Lampard in the Champions League and a huge step towards a top-of-the-group finish.

Oxlade-Chamberlain leads the way for Liverpool

Liverpool continue their undefeated run to the top in the Champions League following victory against KRC Genk on Wednesday. The Reds ended their winning streak against Manchester United at Old Trafford in the Premier League last Sunday, scoring a late equaliser to take a point a piece and cut their lead at the top to six points.

But Wednesday night made up for all of that.

Liverpool Champions of EuropeJurgen Klopp gave fans the trio of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keita and Fabinho which they had been so strongly yearning for and it proved to be a successful change to the line-up. Oxlade-Chamberlain opened the scoring after just two minutes of play, sending a divine low-shot into the far corner.

The midfielder had been missing most of last season, suffering from a serious knee and hamstring injury after colliding with Aleksandar Kolarov during the semi-final leg against A.S. Roma. He seems to be back in his prime now and fans should continue to see a lot more of him on the pitch.

Genk did provide fierce opposition to the Reds, almost equalising in the first half before the goal was overruled by VAR for offside. Mbwana Samatta had fired a sublime header into the far corner and they were unfortunate not to equalise. But Oxlade-Chamberlain soon put any fears of an equaliser to bed with an outrageous goal, coming off the outside of his foot.

Firmino played the pass and Oxlade-Chamberlain spun it into the back of the net – all from the outside of the box. It was a stylish, sublime goal that hit the underside of the bar before hammering home.

Forwards, Mo Salah and Sadio Mane add to the scoresheet too. Salah finds Mane, who sprints into the 16-yard-box and lifts it above the keeper. Ten minutes later, Mane returns the favour, providing Salah with the assist. Like water he slips through Genk’s defence and whips the ball into the far post.

Genk did deny Liverpool a clean sheet but not enough to stop Liverpool from achieving their first away win in the Group Stage in over two years. The Reds now sit at the top of Group E – as to be expected – and will no doubt qualify to the Round of 16.

Spurs Transfers News: Rumours, Signings & Interests

Spurs Transfers Talk: Trippier for Juventus, Liverpool rivalry and £47.7 million for Ceballos?

Tottenham Hotspurs are the first team in Premier League history that have failed to sign a single player in two transfer windows. With the upcoming summer transfer window, its time Daniel Levy allows Mauricio Pochettino to introduce some new faces to the team as they step into a new era.

Spurs are keen to sign 22-year-old midfielder Dani Ceballos this year, who has impressed Pochettino with his exciting performance in the European Championships. Real Madrid have signed five new players so far, so are likely to be letting some go to balance the books and Ceballos is one they seem happy to release at the right price. After Julen Lopetegui was fired, the Spaniard struggled for game time last season as he became secondary under Santiago Salari’s management. He is eager to play in top-flight football and showcase his ability, so is open to the prospect of signing to another European team.

Aside from Spurs, AC Milan and Arsenal have been showing interest in Ceballos. Milan are pressing hard for the midfielder and are prepared to pull out all the stops but his price tag is proving to be an issue for the Serie A club. Madrid are demanding €50 million for the youngster – a price Tottenham can afford and then some. Recent reports also say that Spurs are best placed to secure Ceballos in the summer transfer window but the Gunners are also willing to pay the Spanish giants asking price for the player. However, the Premier League might not be only thing tempting the Spaniard, and whilst both Spurs and Arsenal can offer Champions League football next season, Tottenham Hotspurs are doing better on the pitch than their North London rivals.

One Spurs player that has reached a crossroads in his career is Kieran Trippier. The right-back had a tough season this year and his poor form has put his future at Spurs in question. His finish this season also saw the England international star being axed from Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the UEFA Nations League fixtures, even in spite of Spurs reaching the Champions League final in Madrid.

The interest Spurs have in buying Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon this transfer window spells bad news for Trippier. Reports suggest that Levy is willing to sell the right-back for £25 million to help fund Pochettino’s interest in new players, with Tanguy Ndombele, Andreas Skov Olsen and William Saliba all in talks to be signed. However, the 28-year-old has attracted interest from Juventus and Napoli and it is thought that the Serie A teams could go into a bidding war over Trippier, which plays right into the hands of Pochettino and Daniel Levy. Not only would they be making a huge profit after signing the player for £3.5m from Burnley in 2015 but should the Italian teams make higher offers, Spurs will see an increase in their summer transfer money pot.

To land Ndombele, Tottenham will have to pay Lyon £63 million this summer. The talented midfielder has already hailed Spurs as a “great team” and has shown interest in signing. Ndombele is also on the radar for other European football giants, such as Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain but Pochettino is pressing for the deal and has allegedly already offered £60m.

Danish winger Andreas Skov Olsen, has also been monitored by Mauricio Pochettino. The youngster had an impressive run in the 2018/19 campaign, scoring nineteen Superligaen goals, three in the Europa League qualifying and three in the Superligaen Championships. He is rumoured to cost £15m and could be a great asset to the Tottenham squad.

Spurs face more competition with Arsenal, who are also eager to sign St. Etienne’s defender William Saliba. A deal has supposedly already been reached and personal terms have been agreed with Emery. But Emery is yet to propose a figure for the 18-year-old and rumours have sparked that The Gunners are unable to afford the hefty transfer fee. This gives Spurs opportunity to pursue Saliba, who’s £22m price tag comes at no major cost to them. The race begins for these North London rivals as Saliba, who has quickly established himself as highly regarded player, could be a great addition to either team.

Another player that might be coming to end of his run at Spurs is Christian Eriksen. Eriksen has spoken openly about wanting to try a new challenge, having played for Tottenham since 2013. Tottenham are reluctant to let him go, with recent reports stating a new four-year deal has been offered to Eriksen with a significantly higher pay rise but Manchester United and Juventus are also looking to sign the playmaker and he is keen to go elsewhere.

Real Madrid had their eyes set on the midfielder and things were almost official but after Spurs lost to Liverpool in the Champions League, the deal fell through and now it is United’s Paul Pogba on Madrid’s radar. It’s yet to be confirmed where the 27-year-old will go but Levy will have to drop the £130m valuation on Eriksen if he is to fulfil Pochettino’s requests to strengthen his squad.

Tottenham are also keen to secure West Brom youngster Rekeem Harper but face competition from rivals Liverpool, as well as Celtic and Juventus. The midfielder’s contract has expired at The Hawthorns and after his compelling performance in The Championships for the Baggies, the 19-year-old has become a wanted man. Though Harper is a free agent, his transfer would require a compensation fee be paid to West Brom due to his age.

However, the Baggies new manager Slaven Bilic reportedly wants to discuss a new deal with the youngster but with three top-flight clubs after his services, Harper could be tempted to leave the Championship league. Spurs is known for taking young Championship players and developing them into firing talents and the teen has plenty of potential. At the moment his future remains up in the air.

Spurs have not signed anyone since Lucas Moura in January 2018 but will no doubt be bringing in new faces for next season.

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Oakland Raiders and Seattle Seahawks to Kick-Start the NFL’s New Deal with Tottenham

An exciting new era of sport looks set to grace Tottenham Hotspurs’ new stadium in October as two of America’s signature NFL sides lock horns in the brand new state-of-the-art arena.

The NFL announced their London fixtures on Thursday 11th January for 2018 with the Oakland Raiders playing host to the Seattle Seahawks in Week Six of the NFL’s 2018/19 season.

Having won the Super Bowl on three separate occasions, the Raiders will certainly represent a formidable opponent for the Seahawks, who themselves claimed the coveted accolade in 2014.

The teams play host to some of the biggest names in the NFL with honourable mentions including quarterbacks Derek Carr and Russell Wilson as well as running back Marshawn Lynch and cornerback Richard Sherman.

The hotly anticipated NFL London 2018 fixture is set to mark the start of an exciting 10-year partnership between Spurs and the NFL.

The game will represent the NFL’s inaugural game at the new London venue – a setting which will feature an array of impressive purpose-built facilities.

The deal, which was initially announced in 2015, will see regular season games staged at Spurs’ new stadium from 2018 onwards. The new state-of-the-art arena, scheduled to officially open in the summer, will feature a retractable grass field with an artificial surface underneath, a feature which has been created specifically for NFL games. Customised designs for the NFL, including a dedicated entrance, purpose-built dressing rooms as well as media and medical facilities will also prominently feature.

Tottenham Hotspur Chairman, Daniel Levy, stated his delight at the deal and the progress made by the Club recently by saying: ‘This is a milestone year for the Club as look ahead to the opening of our new stadium and all that it will bring to the area of Tottenham.

‘The NFL will bring a whole new audience to the local area, showcase Tottenham and bring further economic and social benefits with truly global coverage and attraction’.

Tottenham’s temporary home, the Wembley Stadium, will also play host to the NFL this year, with the Jacksonville Jaguars facing the Philadelphia Eagles and the LA Chargers hosting the Tennessee Titans. The two exciting fixtures will commence on the weekends of October 21st and 28th respectively. It certainly makes for a thrilling International season!

Memorable Magic from Tottenham v Chelsea

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Tottenham Hotspur reignite their fiercely fought rivalry with Chelsea on Sunday as they host the Blues in the day’s thrilling late kick off. The game is undoubtedly the most eye-catching fixture of the weekend schedule, with the two sides not only posing as long-term adversaries but also as the two most formidable Championship title challengers to date.

It will certainly be a momentous occasion for fans up and down the land on Sunday, as Wembley samples its first instalment of cutting-edge Premier League action. The towering national stadium has savoured its fair share of sensational sporting moments over the years but never before has it hosted a fixture in the world’s most renowned domestic league.

The stage is set for a captivating encounter in the capital and the setting could not be more appropriate for a titanic clash that could – even at this early stage – be a season-defining moment.

As Conte’s Chelsea look to build on their outstanding title victory of last term, Mauricio Pochettino’s men will be all too keen to prove their mettle as they look to avenge their most recent Premier League heartbreak that saw them finish as reluctant runners up.

In preparation for what promises to be yet another fascinating occasion, we’ve decided to take a brief trip down memory lane to re-live some of the most memorable Premier League encounters between the two over the last couple of years.Spurs Hospitality - Wembley Stadium - Corporate Football Packages

Spurs 5 – 3 Chelsea, Saturday 1st January 2015

Chelsea were left stunned by a Harry Kane-inspired Spurs side as Mauricio Pochettino’s scintillating Lilywhites romped to a spectacular victory at a packed White Hart Lane.

The visitors had taken the lead in the early stages after Diego Costa tapped in from close range, but the ubiquitous Kane levelled soon after with a fizzing 20-yard drive that soared beyond the reach of a helpless Thibaut Courtois.

Full back, Danny Rose, opened his account shortly after when he followed up a rebound in the box, before an Andros Townsend’s penalty put the hosts in cruise control on the stroke of half time.

Kane’s terrific turn and shot shortly after the restart gave Tottenham a magnificent fourth with Nacer Chadli adding late on to put Spurs out of sight. Goals from Eden Hazard and John Terry proved to be nothing more than a mere consolation as Pochettino’s men ran away with a memorable Premier League victory.

 Chelsea 2 – 2 Spurs, Monday 2nd May 2016

Tottenham saw their Premier League title dreams shattered after Chelsea came from 2-0 to secure a last-gasp draw at Stamford Bridge. Super-sub Eden Hazard sent Leicester City fans across the land into overdrive when his sublime long-range effort beat Lloris with ease, to give the Foxes a first Championship title in their history.

Spurs’ hopes of claiming a first top-flight title since 1961 had hinged on them winning their final three games of the season, but the immense pressure proved too much as Chelsea emerged an unbearable foe in the second half.

Pochettino’s men were by far the better team in the early stages, storming into an impressive 2-0 lead before half time. Chelsea, however, buoyed by the introduction of Eden Hazard, halved the deficit before the hour mark thanks to a Gary Cahill strike before Hazard himself, struck home a thundering effort from outside the box to ignite Leicester’s rapturous celebrations and consign Spurs to a heart-breaking end to the season.

Chelsea 2 – 1 Spurs, Saturday 26th November 2016

Chelsea came from behind in fabulous fashion at Stamford Bridge to inflict Tottenham’s first Premier League defeat of the season. The league leaders fell behind in the opening stages when a fiery Christian Eriksen struck an audacious long-range effort beyond the clutches of Thibaut Courtois to give the visitors an early lead.

Spurs had looked on course to recover from their midweek Champions League exit but Pedro’s superb curling effort levelled proceedings on the stroke of half time to draw the hosts level.

Spurs’ poor record at Stamford was extended to a 30 game winless run – dating back as far as 1990 – after Blues’ winger, Victor Moses, sunk the visitors with a fine second half strike, giving Chelsea a seventh league successive victory as they marched relentlessly towards the Premier League title.

Spurs 2 – 0 Chelsea, Wednesday 4th January 2017

Tottenham ended Chelsea’s outstanding thirteen game winning run with a thrilling 2-0 victory to keep the hosts within touching distance of the sought after number one spot. Two sensational headers from Dele Alli, either side of half time, was enough to give Spurs a comfortable victory as they looked to push on with their relentless pursuit of the Premier League title.

Tottenham’s season had been in disarray following a disappointing Champion’s League exit but they responded magnificently to halt Antonio Conte’s in-form Blues. Alli’s delightful double made it an impressive seven goals from four games, and it looked like Spurs were once again beginning to gather some much needed momentum as the race for the title began to hot up.

Eden Hazard had Chelsea’s best two chances in each half but the Belgian was unable to convert on either occasion, and Conte’s side were consigned to a rare league defeat.

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