The race for fourth place is incredibly heated this season with Tottenham, Liverpool, Everton, Manchester United and Newcastle all in the running for the last spot among Europe's elite. What surprises will be thrown up along the way?

Unfortunately for Man United fans, it looks increasingly worrying as their new manager - David Moyes - hasn't quite had a stellar start to his new managerial role. When your top goalscorer from the previous season is sidelined with injury then any team are going to be lacking firepower, it's just unfortunate timing for Moyes and United.

Signings could be required to save the new manager's season, especially when trying to recreate the success a certain other Scot brought to the club previously.

Since Tim Sherwood succeeded Andre Villas-Boas at White Hart Lane, Spurs remain unbeaten in the league. His re-installment of Emmanuel Adebayor to the side has had a positive effect not only on Spurs' goal difference and league form, but also in the Togolese striker's form. 

A Luis Suarez-inspired Liverpool side are also battling for fourth spot. They need to keep the mercurial Uruguayan at Anfield, with Champions League regulars Real Madrid and Bayern Munich surely likely to be among the teams vying for his signature come the summer. Hopefully, Brendan Rodgers' side can claim fourth spot and keep the sensational striker in the Premier League.

Newcastle are hoping to replicate times of old which saw the club in Europe regularly in the past but not recently under Alan Pardew. Still, a good run of form like they saw in October/November and they could easily surprise a few of the big hopefuls expecting to overcome the Geordie giants. With the form of Loic Remy and Yohan Cabaye, anything is possible.

Everton are contending after a brilliant first half of the season, especially with a new manager as well. Roberto Martinez' side have lost the fewest amount of games in the whole league but have drawn their fair share to equal fourth spot contention and not title contention.

The summer acquisition of Romelu Lukaku on loan from Chelsea has had wonderful effects on both the player and the club, who are grateful for such efficiency in front of goal. Bringing in both Aiden McGeady and reports of securing another towering striker in the form of Ivory Coast's 6 foot 8 inch tall Lacina Traore shows Everton are adding more quality to an already strong side.

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