Since the return to the game, after a long absence due to the pandemic, the English Premier League football has been filled with so many dramas.
While some teams are struggling to avoid being relegated, others are fighting to book a place in the European football next season. From those vying to have a place in European football, some are dragging to be in the UEFA Champions League, others are in fierce combat to make it to next seasons UEFA Europa League.
Manchester City, being one of those certain to play the UEFA Champions League next season, on Monday, had her ban from playing the UEFA Champions league football for two seasons overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). This decision was a glory to Manchester City, but it is a burning fire to teams who are vying to qualify for the UEFA Champions League.
With just two slots remaining to complete the four teams that will play the UEFA Champions league football next season, Chelsea, Leicester, Manchester United and Wolves are now in a battle to the finish. The already qualified teams are Liverpool and Man City. Liverpool (Champions) occupies the first position on the log, while Manchester City sits at second.
Currently, from the four teams vying for the remaining two slots (to qualify for Champions league next season), Chelsea sits at third position with 63 points from 36 games; Leicester takes the fourth position with 59 points from 35 games; Man Utd occupies the fifth position with 59 points from 35 games; and, Wolves is sixth on the log with 56 points from 36 games.
To level up with Chelsea and Wolves in the number of games played, Man Utd and Leicester will take on their various opponents later this evening. Leicester City will take on Sheffield United at home, while Manchester United travel to Crystal Palace.
However, going into the games, Manchester United and Leicester will play with everything in them to make sure they come out victorious, in order not to cut loose from the top four battle. And whatever becomes the outcome of their games today, it won't affect how they play the remaining two games, as getting the maximum points from the games will speak volume for all the teams.
So, what would become the end of this battle? Which teams among the four would play in the Champions Leagues next season?
To give a predictive answer to these questions, let us consider the remaining fixtures of all the for teams involved in the top four battle. And afterwards, we can make a prediction on which teams would play in the Champions League next season and which teams would not.
Sheffield United (H)
Man Utd (H)
Crystal Palace (A)
Westham United (H)
Crystal Palace (H)
From the various teams' fixtures, it can be deduced that Chelsea and Leicester have the toughest games to play. However, the games between Chelsea and Liverpool, Chelsea and Wolves, and Leicester and Man Utd will play a great deal in determining how the top four battle would end.
To me, with the remaining fixtures of the various teams, and judging by their current run of forms, I see Manchester United finishing 3rd and Chelsea, 4th. Leicester and Wolves would probably end up playing the Europa league next season.
Or, how would you predict the top four finish?
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