As the Premier League Table shows the race for European Football next season has heated up, It seemed before the restart that Chelsea and Leicester City were pretty secure in the Top 4 but their form and the impressive way in which Manchester United in particular have restarted have tightened it up. United have Won all but one of their Matches , Leicester have only won one which was their last outing, leaving United only 2 points behind Chelsea and 3 Behind Leicester. Wolves suffered a damaging defeat to Arsenal on Saturday which sees them 3 points of a Champions League place.
We asses who is best placed to qualify based on the remaining fixtures and current form.
Leicester have what looks like a tricky run in starting with a trip to Arsenal, who are in the race for at least a Europa League place. Then they face a Bournemouth side with everything to play for followed by games against another two sides with european qualification hopes in Sheffield United and Totenham before finishing against Manchester United in what could be a pivotal match.
Chelsea have play Crystal Palace, Sheffield United, Norwich, Liverpool and Wolves. They should be confident of picking up enough points for Champions League Next season.
Manchester United are away at relegation battlers Aston Villa, before hosting Southampton and travelling away to Crystal Palace before finishing with West Ham (H) and Leicester (A).
Wolves start their run in away at fellow european contenders Sheffield United, Then Everton at home and Burnley Away who haven’t ruled themselves out of Europa League contention. Their final two matches are at home to Crystal Palace and away Chelsea.
As it stands with a Top 5 finish enough to qualify for the Champions League I’d predict the current top 5 staying as they are with Wolves having just to much ground to make up.
We now turn our focus to Europa League qualification with Wolves almost certain to at least take one spot Arsenal, Sheffield United, Burnley, Totenham are the main contenders for the remaining two spots.
Arsenal have a key next 3 matches as they face Leicester, Totenham and Liverpool before a double header against relegation threatened Aston Villa and Watford.
Sheffield United had a poor restart until a 3-1 win against Totenham, this run has pulled them out of Champions League Contention however Europa League is still likely on their first season back in the premier league. Although their run could prove problematic as they play Wolves, Chelsea then Leicester before Everton and Southampton.
Burnley are in contention following a good restart and they face a West Ham who are improving in their battle to stay up and champions Liverpool in next 2 games. Before playing Wolves, Norwich and Brighton.
There is a key match in the race tonight as Totenham play Everton with the winner in a good position. After this match Spurs play Bournemouth, Arsenal, Newcastle, Leicester and Crystal Palace. whilst Everton play Southampton, Wolves, Aston Villa, Sheffield United and Bournemouth.