The fight for fourth is well and truly on in the Premier League. 

With Manchester United seemingly destined for the Premier League title barring a major slip-up, and Manchester City strengthening their hold on second spot after easing to victory over Chelsea on Sunday, the Premier League's top two spots are as good as accounted for.

Yet the battle for the remaining Champions League places remains as fiercely competitive as ever. Here's a look at the candidates vying for a top-four finish.

Tottenham Hotspur | 3rd

Tottenham are in brilliant form of late, going 15 games in all competitions without tasting defeat. 

After a dramatic late win at Upton Park against London rivals West Ham United on Monday evening, Andre Villas-Boas' side seem unstoppable at the moment. However, with a very difficult run-in to the end of the season, Spurs must not let up in their pursuit of Champions League football. 

With Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal and Everton still to play, it is imperative that their key players stay fit and they must keep a cool head going into the last part of the season.

Verdict: Currently in a strong position and good enough to maintain a Champions League spot - 4th.

Chelsea | 4th

Polar opposites to Spurs in terms of current form, with only three wins in the their last nine games - Wigan at home being their only success. 

Rafael Benitez's strikers are not scoring the goals and are struggling for form. Chelsea must rely on the prowess of Eden Hazard, Juan Mata, Oscar and Frank Lampard. 

Also with a fairly difficult run-in, Chelsea must improve drastically to ensure Champions League qualification.

Verdict: Got the quality to stay in the Champions League spot but given the run they are on, anything can happen - 3rd.

Arsenal | 5th

Very hot and cold of late, grinding out results against relegation threatened teams like Aston Villa could prove even more important than what they seemed.

However, with fans starting to turn against their long serving manager Arsene Wenger, will the pressure get to the Frenchman or can he get his team performing well enough to earn a Champions League spot?

Verdict: High pressure on the squad and not a lot of strength in depth, depending on the form of the other teams around them, probably will have to settle for Europa League football next season - 5th.

Everton | 6th

Best described as solid if unspectacular. 

The weekend loss to Norwich City now leaves the Toffees seven points adrift of 4th. However, they have the quality to turn this around.

Their key and experienced players need to step up to the mark if they are serious about a chase for fourth. Probably the easiest run in of all the teams around them could see David Moyes' side mount a late challenge.

Verdict: Likely to fall just short, although I'm sure Everton will be happy enough finishing above their Merseyside rivals - 6th.

 

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