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Champions League qualification: Which London side will miss out?

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Tottenham & Chelsea still have to play one another (©GettyImages)
Tottenham & Chelsea still have to play one another (©GettyImages).

With the finals weeks of the season approaching, the battle for Champions League is once again going down to the wire and could potentially be decided on the last day of the season.

Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham seem the clubs in pole position to do battle for the final two spots.

I aim to evaluate the chances that each club has of achieving their respective goals and then give my predictions:

Chelsea: Points 65 - Played 34 - Position: Third

Rafa Benitez has already announced his decision to leave at the end of the season and I wonder if that will have a positive or negative effect coming into the last few weeks of the season. Benitez guided Liverpool into the Champions four seasons in a row and so will have an insight into the challenges faced by his players. 

The outcome of the rearranged match between Tottenham and Chelsea will be able to tell us a lot more about the race for Champions League qualification and with other matches against Swansea, Manchester United and Everton on the last day of the season Benitez's Chelsea will have it all to do.

The Blues have also played in more competitive games than any other in the league amassing a total of 46 games so far which potentially result in fatigue if Benitez is not careful. I think Chelsea have a big enough squad to cope with this though and will overcome their London rivals with relative ease to finish third . 

Arsenal: Points 64 - Played 35 - Position: Fourth

Wenger will be looking for a 16th consecutive season in the Champions League and despite losing their top goalscorer last season they have still managed 65 goals in the league so far this season - the third highest in total. 

Arsenal will need their big game players to step up as they have tricky fixtures against Wigan and Newcastle, who will be desperately trying to avoid the drop, in which the Gunners will have to show their resilience in claiming victory against sides so in need of one.

Arsenal currently lie in fourth place but have played a game more and a win for Tottenham means they will go ahead of Arsenal having played the same number of game.

 I think this is the season where Arsenal will drop into fifth place and Wenger's glorious Champions League run will come to an end.

Tottenham: Points 62 - Played 34 - Position: Fifth

Tottenham will be relishing the chance to put right the injustice of last season after missing out on a Champions League spot even after coming fourth. 

Andre Villas-Boas also has a big point to prove in the Premier League after his short, disappointing spell at rivals Chelsea ended sour. After a twelve match unbeaten run from 16th December to 10th March Tottenham were flying but losses to Liverpool and Fulham hampered their progress. 

However, a crucial win against Man City last weekend put Tottenham back on track for a top four finish. Although currently in fifth place Tottenham do have a game in hand over their north London rivals Arsenal and if won would go a point above them and a crucial run in with Chelsea could be the decider for Villas Boas' men. 

Key fixtures against relegation battling Stoke and rejuvenated Sunderland stand between Tottenham and a top four finish.

I think they have enough in them and Gareth Bale to finish fourth  for a second consecutive season.

In conclusion, Chelsea to finish third with 71 points, Tottenham to finish in fourth with 70 points and Arsenal to finish fifth with 67 points.

 

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