It’s Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal all battling for a top 4 finish – which means Champions League for 2 of the 3 teams. Chelsea sit 2 points behind Spurs for 3rd and 5 points above Arsenal for 4th. With all that in mind, it’s going be a very tight end to the season as all 3 teams look to secure a spot in the Champions League and one will have to settle for Europa League football (maybe even less).
Here are the remaining schedules for all 3 sides :
West Ham (H)
Tottenham Hotspur (H)
Swansea City (H)
Manchester United (A)
Aston Villa (A)
*Fulham (A) was rescheduled due to FA Cup, could be played after West Ham*
Tottenham Hotspur –
Man City (H)
Manchester Utd (H)
All 3 teams have tough matches coming up. There’s no doubt about that. However, who has the easiest schedule? Chelsea and Tottenham have 2 matches against Top 4 opponents. Arsenal have 1. The away matches are certainly important as well :
Chelsea have Southampton, Liverpool, United, Fulham and Villa away. Fulham, Villa and So’ton being winnable in my mind and Liverpool/United being very hard matches.
Tottenham have Liverpool, Swansea, Chelsea, Wigan and Stoke away. 4 of those being very tough matches and the Wigan one being winnable.
Arsenal have Swansea, West Brom, Fulham, QPR and Newcastle away. Swansea, WBA, QPR and Newcastle being very tough and Fulham being considered as winnable.
Arsenal have the most ground to make up. 5 points to get to 4th while Chelsea sit comfortably at 4th and are 2 points below Spurs for 3rd. The Tottenham v Chelsea match at Stamford Bridge will be a huge decider for 3rd position (which is the last guarenteed spot for CL, 4th plays a playoff tie). Tottenham have hit some form in recent weeks, however it is evident this is due to one man. Gareth Bale is in the form of his life, and an injury to him or a dip in form would be critical in AVB’s hopes of positioning themselves in the top four. Given Bale retains his form, Spurs should be safe. Arsenal seem to be grinding out results, with a late winner against a very average Villa team worrying their fans. Being 7 points behind Spurs (f0r 3rd) after the NLD and 5 behind Chelsea, which hinders their chances dramatically. Must win games will come thick and fast for Wenger’s men. Their goal difference is the worst and Chelsea have the best. I believe that we have a strong enough squad to finish third, and if we become more clinical we will have nothing to worry about. Like I said, Spurs-Chelsea will be the deciding match while the away matches will be key.
How will it finish?
The reason why I think Chelsea will finish 3rd with Spurs 4th and Arsenal 5th is because :
- Gareth Bale’s form can’t continue forever
- Chelsea have the easier schedule (IMO)
- Arsenal are barely picking up wins and are simply too far behind and will not catch up
What do you think? Who will get 3rd and 4th? Let me know in the comments!