Premier League| Top 4 for the Champions League and Who’s set for the Championship?
With only 8 games left to play in this Premier League season, its make or break time at both the top and the bottom.
The top of the table is pretty much wrapped up with Manchester City playing some of the best football the league has seen for a few years but along with crowning the Champions of England is the European and relegation battle.
Time to divulge into what could be an ever interesting end to the Premier League.
Let’s be truthful, most of us will agree City have had the league wrapped up since October/November.
Their Champions League presence for next season has never been in doubt.
However, their inclusion in this seasons CL will prove if they’ve got what it takes to beat the big boys in Europe and whether next season they can bring their ‘A’ game again.
As much as they’ve tried to keep up with Manchester City this season there does seem to be a holding back factor for scoring vital goals with the red devils.
Whether thats through Jose Mourinho’s managerial tactics or whether the dressing room just isn’t gelling the way fans hoped, there definitely are some individuals who seem to be letting their fellow team mates down.
As proven against Sevilla in their CL last 16 game.
United are currently battling 2nd place out with Liverpool who currently only sit 2 points behind them so both teams will be joining Manchester City for CL 2018/19.
Liverpool are more than deserving of a Champions League place again next season, they’ve played some great football in the league but also proved themselves back in the CL as they face Manchester City in an all English Quarter final clash.
Much like United they’ve taken the foot off the gas in a few games that have led to them dropping points but Liverpool have every chance now to battle their mancunian rivals for 2nd.
Fourth is where there is the difficult decision.
Tottenham sit 5 points clear of Chelsea at the moment but I can’t quite see Conte’s blues bringing it back to pip Tottenham for 4th place.
After their enthralling last 16 legs against Juventus, Tottenham with be wanting some revenge and if Harry Kane can come back from injury strong and keep scoring then they’ll have no trouble in bouncing back next season.
West Bromwich Albion
Known to thousands of travelling supporters as one of the best away days the league has to offer.
However, their dire season so far would take a miracle, the great escape.
They’d have to win their last eight games and Baggies fans haven’t seen their team win since August when they won their first two games.
They’d be solely relying on the teams around them dropping serious points over the next 8 fixtures.
However it has been done in the Premier League before and by none other than..West Brom in the 2004/05 season.
Anything can happen.
The Potters are down there on 27 points and likely to be the next victims of the Premier League but as I said you can never call it.
Stoke face 3 of the top 6 in their final eight game in Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool which probably doesn’t give their the fans the up most of confidence but their is potential.
Burnley, West Ham, Crystal Palace and Swansea also feature for Stoke where vital points could be won but with three of the 4 also looking to win its going to prove difficult.
As for Southampton their in a similar predicament on 28 points, they also face 3 of the top six in Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal.
Plus run ins with middle and bottom of the league they’ll be hoping for a few important wins but with their semi final clash against Chelsea in the FA Cup looming its going to be interesting end for Southampton.
However with the Premier League being so unpredictable their is no way in knowing which team will be heading to the Championship.
Teams such as West Ham, Swansea, Crystal Palace, Huddersfield, Brighton and Newcastle are all still vulnerable in being relegated but we’ll have to see how the next month and a half pans out.