As The Race For The Premier League’s 3rd & 4th Places Hots Up We Take A Look At Who Will Qualify For Next Season’s Champions League – Will Manchester United Step In? Are Arsenal and Chelsea Banking on Europa League Success?
By Marc Gingell
12th March 2019
With eight games left, except for Chelsea who have nine, it’s time to take a look at who will finish in the top four. Will Tottenham and Arsenal remain locked in third and fourth? Or will Manchester United, creeping up the inside since Ole Gunnar Solskjær took over, beat them to the finish line? And what will happen to Sarri Ball?
|Current League Table Positions 3 to 6|
|Projected League Table Positions 3 to 6|
Tottenham Hotspur – Prediction Down 1
Tottenham are currently sitting in third spot and they’ve done well to remain there having only picked up one point from their last four games. With eight games left, five of which are at home which could be split between Wembley and the new stadium, they could pick up another 16 points to finish with 77.
Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son Factor
When Kane recently missed four games injured Tottenham managed to win all of those games with Son playing a leading role in three of them. With Kane, back for the last four, Tottenham have drawn one, lost three, and he’s scored all of Tottenham’s three goals. Son, on the other hand, seems to have disappeared.
Boss Mauricio Pochettino needs to quickly find a way to resolve this issue and get Kane and Son firing on all cylinders together.
Harry Kane – Should Spurs Cash In?
Tottenham cashing in on Harry Kane seems unthinkable. He’s one of their own and England’s number one striker. But some Tottenham fans have mentioned that it might be the way forward!
Arsenal – Prediction Down 3
Arsenal managed a good win over Manchester United but the goals were slightly fortunate. David de Gea will not let another goal in like that this season and the penalty looked soft.
Arsenal’s home form has been good with just one loss, to Manchester City in the first game of the season, but with eight games left five are away from home where they’re not so hot. They are the only team in the Premier League not to keep a clean sheet on the road this season.
Bernd Leno – Proving His Worth
At the start of the season, there may have been doubts about Leno, as there were with de Gea when he arrived at United, but he proved himself again against Manchester United as he did at Tottenham with that superb double save.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Chasing Goals
Currently contesting the Golden Boot with Sergio Agüero, Harry Kane, and Mo Salah, Aubameyang will be looking for more goals to enhance his chances. He’s scored 17 this season with 11 at home and 6 on the road. He will have to improve his away goals ratio to stand a chance.
Manchester United – Prediction Up 2
Like Tottenham, Manchester United will have five of their last eight games at home and this should be a big advantage. They’ve only lost one at Old Trafford this season, 3-0 against Tottenham, and it could stay that way until the end of the season despite still having to entertain Manchester City and Chelsea.
Ashely Young – One of England’s Best
Ashley Young, in perhaps the twilight of his career, is having a fantastic season and is proof that wingers can defend. It still seems strange to see him listed as a defender but he is one of England’s best right now.
Marcus Rashford – Goals Will Flow
Marcus Rashford has not scored in his last three full league games and the 13 minutes he played against Crystal Palace. He has nine for the season with seven assists but it can only be a matter of time before he is consistently competing for the Golden Boot. He showed his ice-cool nerve with the penalty finish against PSG. Expect another six goals from Rashford this season.
Chelsea – Prediction Up 1
Chelsea should pip Arsenal for the fifth spot by virtue of their game in hand but they, just like Arsenal, look like they will have to rely on winning the Europa League to gain entry into next season’s Champion’s League. Against Wolves, they were lucky to finish with a point and scoring goals, against good teams, remains a real problem.
Eden Hazard – Real Madrid Calling!
Eden Hazard rescued Chelsea with a late equaliser against Wolves and now has 13 goals for the season with 11 assists. For Chelsea to push for the top four they will need Hazard’s ‘A’ game with all thoughts about linking up with Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid put on hold. A few weeks ago there were suggestions that Hazard would stay at Chelsea if Zidane took over from Sarri. Now that move looks even more likely.
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