| Battle for Premier League prime four heats up

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Getty Images)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Getty Photos)

Manchester Metropolis like already bought one hand on the Premier League trophy however the fight for the head four is inclined to transfer the total draw down to the wire as a grab of clubs check up on to join Europe’s elite next season.

AFP Sport takes a ogle at the contenders as the 2020/21 advertising and marketing campaign enters its final stretch, with nine games final for heaps of teams.

The favourites

Manchester Metropolis, Manchester United, Leicester and Chelsea at this time settle the head four places in the English prime-flight.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s United are eight facets away from fifth-placed West Ham and are on be aware to fabricate in the head two for supreme the 2nd time since they were final champions in 2013.

United’s flee-in would no longer seem too tricky, despite the reality that they serene must jog to Tottenham and host Liverpool. As well they play prime-four opponents Leicester at Old Trafford.

Leicester got here agonisingly discontinuance to qualifying for the Champions League for supreme the 2nd time of their historical previous final season but overlooked out on the final day, overwhelmed by United.

Brendan Rodgers’ aspect, who final month beat United in the FA Cup quarter-finals, ogle extra sturdy this year and are magnificent one point in the encourage of the Red Devils.

Leicester face Manchester Metropolis this weekend before a flee of kinder fixtures, but they’re going to be alive to to protect a buffer, with a complicated feature of fits to total the season — towards United, Chelsea and Spurs.

Chelsea, serene unbeaten in all competitions since Thomas Tuchel took over from Frank Lampard in January, are in fourth trouble but like much less margin for error and are also serene fascinated by the FA Cup and Champions League.

Tuchel’s aspect like been remarkably tight at the encourage, no longer conceding a single goal since February, but they like also lacked sharpness in front of goal.

As well they face a energetic flee-in, with consecutive fits towards Metropolis, Arsenal and Leicester in May.

The challengers

May West Ham fabricate the unthinkable and join Europe’s monumental weapons next season?

David Moyes’ males are in fifth situation in the Premier League, magnificent two facets in the encourage of Chelsea, and with the exception of fits towards Leicester and Chelsea, their fixture checklist seems rather kind.

However the Hammers, who like been lifted by the loan signing of Manchester United forward Jesse Lingard, like taken magnificent four facets from their previous four fits and must guarantee they gain encourage to successful ways away to Wolves on Monday.

Moyes’ aspect fabricate their season with games towards Brighton, West Brom and Southampton, all of whom are in the lower reaches of the table.

Tottenham, who regarded misguided outsiders about a weeks previously, are magnificent one point in the encourage of West Ham after four wins in 5 league games.

Supervisor Jose Mourinho stays below force after a season whereby Spurs like flattered to deceive but a grab towards Metropolis in this month’s League Cup final or a first-rate-four fabricate would give him a gargantuan boost.

The club’s flee-in seems rather easy, rather then a match towards United, whom they beat 6-1 in October.

Champions Liverpool are desperate to salvage something from the wreckage of their title defence and in say that they could be happy they’re no longer playing Arsenal at dwelling on Saturday.

Whereas Jurgen Klopp’s males, at this time 5 facets in the encourage of Chelsea, like no longer obtained in the league at Anfield since December, their results on the twin carriageway like been great better.

The outsiders

Everton are level on facets with Liverpool and like a game in hand but they kind no longer like the skills of their city opponents at the horny end of the table and like no longer completed in the head four since 2005.

Supervisor Carlo Ancelotti final month talked referring to the club’s Champions League dream but successive defeats to Chelsea and Burnley like broken their hopes and in say that they ogle no longer going to bridge the gap.

Arsenal are nine facets in the encourage of Chelsea and are misguided outsiders to come encourage to the Champions League, where they final played in the 2016/17 season.



Chelsea v West Brom, Leeds v Sheffield United, Leicester v Manchester Metropolis, Arsenal v Liverpool


Southampton v Burnley, Newcastle v Tottenham, Aston Villa v Fulham, Manchester United v Brighton


Everton v Crystal Palace, Wolves v West Ham

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