It’s finally May in the Premier League - Champions League spots are up for grabs.
There is so much to play for and loads of story lines and possibilities for the last three or four games of this turbulent season.
In the race for the final two Champions League spots, each game matters with it likely being decided on the final day of the league.
Chelsea - Current position: Third
Fixtures: Manchester United (A), Spurs (H), Aston Villa (A), Everton (H)
Of the three teams competing for Champions League football next season, Chelsea definitely has the toughest schedule remaining. If Arsenal’s encounter with United last weekend means anything, when the Blues travel to Old Trafford this weekend, they are in for quite the match.
They then welcome Spurs to Stamford Bridge in a match that likely will decide which team will spend next season wallowing in the Europa League. Villa are a team fighting for Premier League survival and will fight for every point, as it could be its last in the top flight.
And finally Everton, although out of the race for the top four, are no joke and will gladly seize their opportunity to ruin Chelsea’s European dreams. It seems Chelsea will likely have to wait for next season for the Special One to return them to European glory.
Arsenal - Current position: Fourth
Fixtures: QPR (A), Wigan (H), Newcastle (A)
On paper, Arsenal’s final league encounters should be no trouble, but these games are not played on paper. Always known as a team happy to make things more difficult than they should be, it is not impossible for Arsenal to underestimate lowly QPR.
But if Arsene Wenger has anything left in his tank, he’ll get the Gunners ready for the easiest schedule of the three teams fighting for the UCL. Wigan at home could be a tricky one, considering how Roberto Martinez seems to always find a way to keep his extremely over-achieving Wigan side in the Premier League.
And if Newcastle somehow manages to screw up their last few games (and their recent form suggests it’s not unlikely), the final game could have major implications for both relegation and Champions League spots.
Tottenham - Current position: Fifth
Fixtures: Southampton (H), Chelsea (A), Stoke (A), Sunderland (H)
A win at home versus Southampton, and Spurs would be flying high with confidence going in to the colossal match-up away to Chelsea. After earning player of the year awards, Gareth Bale will try to grab Spurs by the scruff of the neck and drag them across the finish line for one last push, just as he has all season, and lead Spurs to a Champions League spot.
It seems that after last year’s thievery of their Champions League berth by Chelsea, Spurs will have extra motivation to head to the west side of London and take all three points, in revenge for last season.
Chelsea’s inconsistency, Arsenal’s experience in this situation, and Spurs’ motivation should leave the top five looking like this:
1) Manchester United
2) Manchester City
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