Top four race is heating up
With the Premier League season coming to a close we are in the business end. There are still lots to play for from winning the title, to who will be relegated. The race for the top four is also getting very tight and it is uncertain who will fill up those last two spots, as Manchester City and Liverpool are all but guaranteed to finish first and second.
Spurs lost again on the weekend against Liverpool, courtesy of a very late own goal, which means that now they have not won a league game in five. This has brought them from trying to push for the title, to potentially missing out on the top four. They had the opportunity to win the match late on when they were two on one, however, Sissoko blasted the ball over the bar after some intelligent defending from Van Dijk. Spurs’ next two matches are against Crystal Palace and Huddersfield, which they are expected to win and gain back some form for the last few matches. The only top 6 side they still have to face is City right after they play them twice in the Champions League.
Arsenal won on Monday evening against Newcastle, and never looked like they were in much trouble at home. This victory has sent them into third, two points ahead of their rivals Spurs. Arsenal have the most straight forward of runs from the group as they do not have to face any of the other top 6 teams, with their only real tricky test being away at Wolves.
Chelsea quite lucky to have won against Cardiff. Cardiff are fighting to avoid relegation and put in a wonderful performance against Sarri’s men. Cardiff were winning the match 1-0, however, in the 84th minute, Azpilicueta scored from a corner. Replays showed that he was almost a foot offside, which sent Warnock into a frenzy at the fourth official. Loftus-Cheek got another won in the 91st minute to earn Chelsea a 1-2 victory. Chelsea still need to face Liverpool and Manchester United away, which will be two difficult matches.
Manchester United celebrated the fulltime appointment of Solskjaer by beating Watford 2-1. Tonight, they face Wolves away, which will be a tricky match as Wolves are the team outside the top 6 who have taken the most points off them. Following that they have games against Everton and West Ham in the league, which is coupled with the two games against Barcelona. After those games, United host both City and Chelsea which could be a defining week in their pursuit of the Champions League spots.