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.
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.
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!
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.
Tickets for Chelsea vs Spurs
We currently have just 3 pairs of hospitality packages left for Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspur in the Canalleto Suite at Stamford Bridge.
Enjoy a bespoke hospitality service that offers:
- Luxury padded seats located in the East Stand middle tier near the halfway line
- A reserved private table for the season
- A selection of antipasti on arrival
- Pre-match three-course fine dining
- A complimentary bar of beer, wine, house spirits and soft drinks
- A selection of savoury snacks served in your suite at half-time
- An Italian deli station served in your suite at full-time
- A matchday programme and teamsheet confirming line-up for all guests
- An in-room betting facility
- A dedicated smartphone app