For all the claims of being the best League in the world, it perhaps shows the paucity of England’s top league that the most intriguing clashes of the season have not been the classic ‘title-deciders’ we have come to be used to over the years but relegation-six pointers and the enthralling five-horse race for the last two Champions league places.
While City are hoping to close in more on Chelsea to retain the title, Liverpool, Southampton, Tottenham, Manchester United had long amended their ambitions for the season as far back as Christmas but the story of which two finishes third and fourth will have to be the most significant thing to happen this season and there are numerous places you can get the latest standings.
It’s Arsenal and United in those places at the moment and while we know for sure that the other London team in that chase will fail to make the grade, there are reasons to be assured that, for this season, the Gunners will not keep their ‘trophy’ but will keep their current place.
- Home Form will count
Arsenal have not dropped any points at home in the League since losing to United in November and only the trip to Old Trafford on the penultimate weekend presents a possible difficulty amongst their meetings against the remaining top teams to be played. Liverpool and Chelsea both visit the Emirates and though both are capable of nicking the wins, the Emirates have proven to be a kind of fortress for the Gunners in the league and that should continue.
- It’s getting tougher for the Saints
Huge credit to Ronald Koeman for still being in it up till now as Southampton had been expected to be blown away after Christmas. 7 of 9 points from Arsenal, United and Chelsea over that period has made them to remain a threat but the recent defeat to Liverpool showed ominous signs of an impending downward slide. They have not scored at home in the League for two games now, both ending in defeats. City away, Chelsea, Spurs and those Stoky games still to come.
- And Speaking of Spurs…
Reaching the League Cup final would have to be their peak this season and not even winning it would provide a push for the top four race. They were lucky to gain from Alex Song’s rashness last week against West Ham, a game which showed so much how they are listless with the drowning Harry Kane fest.
- The Moyes you look, the Louis you see
Not making any particular case for the former Everton boss here but he lost the job last year because he was a former Everton boss. It has been no different at United under their new former Champions League winning boss and we would love to see them get results over Chelsea and City.
- Europa League could drain Reds
Perhaps the real threat of the five, Liverpool look like they could race past the other chasers to find a way to get to us and they should probably finish fourth behind Arsenal, especially as the Europa League may toughen their schedules, recovery times, etc.
If the Gunners are able to gather some 34 of the remaining 36 points, the other 4 clubs should cancel themselves out from their meetings to maintain the status quo come the evening of 24th May.
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