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  • Dale Johnson

  • Mark Ogden

The Premier League season is currently set for a frenzied decision at both ends of the table, together with the battles for the name, leading four and relegation set to move down to the wire.

Using permutations updated after each game, we conduct through what is left to perform for and ESPN FC senior author Mark Ogden offers his thoughts and predictions.

Bound to: Name race | UCL eligibility | Relegation

Premier League table

SPI chances for its Premier League season

RACE FOR THE TITLE

1. MAN CITY (83 points from 33 matches )

However to play: Tottenham (h), Man United (a), Burnley (a), Leicester (h), Brighton (a)

Following a good win off , the title remains City’s to drop, and the key would appear to be the back-to-back matches at home to Spurs and off Man United — that is their game in hand — later this month. But will their endeavor to acquire all four trophies (they face Spurs double in the Champions League, too, and an FA Cup semifinal) take its toll?

Ogden: City are looking strong in their bid to achieve the Quadruple, but they face a crucial stretch of league matches. Spurs (home) and Manchester United (both off ) are dangerous fixtures, and dropped points in almost some of them will hand Liverpool the initiative. Anticipate a slip against United.

2. ) LIVERPOOL (82 points in 33 matches )

Still to play: Chelsea (h), Cardiff (a), Huddersfield (h), Newcastle (a), Wolves (h)

The overdue victory over Southampton delivered Liverpool back to the peak of the table, even although with a match extra played. The home game against Chelsea next time out could go a long way to deciding whether Jurgen Klopp’s guys might be top of the pile on May 12.

Ogden: Liverpool are beginning to exhibit the never-say-die soul that may take them all the way to the name. Klopp’s team appear set to win their remaining games to turn the screw, When they don’t drop points against Chelsea at the weekend.


RACE FOR THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

The top four in the Champions League will be eligible directly to the group stage, with sixth and fifth into the Europa League.

3. ) TOTTENHAM (67 points in 33 matches )

However to perform : Man City (a), Brighton (h), West Ham (h), Bournemouth (a), Everton (h)

Three of Tottenham’s staying five games have been at home in their brand-new stadium, using Brighton one of the people, so Mauricio Pochettino’s guys are still very much favourites to reserve a Champions League spot.

Ogden: Tottenham’s streak of games in their new house should be enough to see them end in the top four, particularly with rivals United and Arsenal losing in recent games. Four league wins ought to be sufficient to procure a place, therefore it’s a very simple formula: collect points from the remaining home fixtures.

4. ) CHELSEA (66 points in 33 games)

Still to perform : Liverpool (a), Burnley (h), Man United (a), Watford (h), Leicester (a)

Chelsea had virtually been written off in the top-four race after defeat at Everton, but three wins on the spin have raised them to third — however they’ve played a game over their rivals. The dip in shape suffered by Man United and Tottenham recently opened up the door, though trips to Liverpool and Man United after this month may test a side that’s sent 24 targets away from home and dropped as many matches on the street as Arsenal.

Ogden: Chelsea have set themselves in firm control of their top-four destiny with back-to-back house falls against Brighton and West Ham, however, two tough away trips, to Liverpool and Manchester United, will be huge. The conflict with United could be a top-four eliminator.

5. ) MAN UNITED (64 points from 33 matches )

Still to play: Everton (a), Man City (h), Chelsea (h), Huddersfield (a), Cardiff (h)

United have three home games left, but back-to-back fixtures against City and Chelsea, later facing Barcelona in the Champions Leaguethat could be key. Playing two of the present bottom three into their last matches supplies a finale that is favourable.

Ogden: United are enjoying catch-up after a dip in form, however tough fittings ahead for Spurs, Chelsea and Arsenal give them a chance to make it to the top . Avoid defeat against Man City and they just need to beat Chelsea at Old Trafford, while a trip to Everton will also be quite tricky for the team of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

6. ARSENAL (63 points in 32 matches )

Still to perform : Watford (a), Crystal Palace (h), Wolves (a), Leicester (a), Brighton (h), Burnley (a)

Arsenal are in a decent position and do not have to handle any of their top six, but four of their remaining six fittings are away. They have only the 10th-best away record in the division, winning only once (vs. Huddersfield) because Nov. 25, also excursions comprise Watford, Wolves and Leicester. A Europa League quarterfinal tie against Napoli signifies the Gunners cannot take their eye.

Ogden: All of a sudden, Arsenal’s poor away form is starting to look like breaking them a top-four complete. The defeat at Everton has been a blow, and Arsenal face three \tough away games with Watford, Wolves and Leicester chasing a Europa League place\. They’ll need to succeed two of these excursions.


RELEGATION BATTLE

The bottom 3 teams will be relegated, and it appears as though one of those sides will combine with the already-relegated Fulham and Huddersfield at the Championship.

16. SOUTHAMPTON (36 points in 33 games)

However to play: Newcastle (a), Watford (a), Bournemouth (h), West Ham (a), Huddersfield (h)

Saints have a favourable final five matches in contrast to Brighton and Cardiff. A run of three wins in five matches seems to have provided.

Ogden: House matches against Bournemouth and Huddersfield are Southampton’s safety web. Cardiff stay effective at catching them they should be put by yet another win for the Saints and secure for one more year.

17. BRIGHTON (33 points from 32 games)

Still to play: Cardiff (h), Wolves (a), Tottenham (a), Newcastle (h), Arsenal (a), Man City (h)

Brighton have six games left, but nevertheless need to confront half of the top six (two of these away from house ). The upcoming home game against Cardiff will be crucial.

Ogden: Barring a remarkable fightback from Cardiff, yet another victory should be sufficient for both Brighton to clinch survival. Chris Hughton’s men will have a giant leap toward safety, In case it comes from the home game against Neil Warnock’s side.

18. CARDIFF (28 points from 33 matches )

However to play: Brighton (a), Liverpool (h), Fulham (a), Crystal Palace (h), Man United (a)

Cardiff are in big problem with Liverpool and Man United to perform. The back-to-back games away from Burnley and Brighton will \give them effectively send down them.

Ogden: After losing at Burnley, Cardiff’s survival hopes rest on matches in Brighton and Fulham. Having won twice all year, though, wins from those excursions seems a tall order.


RELEGATED

19. FULHAM (20 points from 34 games)

Fulham were relegated April 2.

20. HUDDERSFIELD (14 points from 34 games)

Huddersfield were relegated March 30.

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