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Who will finish in the Premier League top four this season?

Ross Jackson
Apr 13, 2021, 2:01 PM GMT+1
David Moyes' West Ham could be battling it out with Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool
David Moyes' West Ham could be battling it out with Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool | Clive Brunskill/Getty Images
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Since Manchester City decided they couldn't be bothered with a Premier League title race and instead just opted to run away with it, the main talking point at the top of the table has become the race for the top four.

With Everton and Aston Villa still holding at least one game in hand over the majority of the sides above them, the battle for Champions League qualification is a lot more open than you might think.

With that in mind, we've taken a look at each side in with a shout of making the top four, analysing their remaining fixtures and predicting their final points tally.

Manchester United

Solskjaer's side are well placed for a top-four finish
Solskjaer's side are well placed for a top-four finish | Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images

Let's be honest, Manchester United's dream of a Premier League title tilt was never going to last longer than about a fortnight.

Nevertheless, the Red Devils still have plenty to play for this season - both domestically and in Europe - and with a nine-point cushion between themselves and fifth place Chelsea they're well set for a place in next season's Champions League.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men still have a couple of tricky clashes to come with games against Liverpool and Leicester on the horizon, but they should have enough quality to see them over the line.

Remaining fixtures

Burnley (H)
Leeds (A)
Liverpool (H)
Aston Villa (A)
Leicester (H)
Fulham (H)
Wolves (A)

Final points prediction: 78

Leicester

James Maddison has been key to Leicester's good form
James Maddison has been key to Leicester's good form | Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images

Leicester's place in the Premier League top four looked pretty safe earlier in the campaign, but the memory of their late collapse last season suggests we shouldn't be so sure.

After their mini resurgence prior to the international break, Brendan Rodgers' side have lost both of their outings since the return of club football, with potentially damaging defeats at the hands of Manchester City and West Ham.

The Foxes' run-in looks anything but easy - with Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham to come in their final three games - and history could well be about to repeat itself.

Remaining fixtures

West Brom (H)
Crystal Palace (H)
Southampton (A)
Newcastle (H)
Manchester United (A)
Chelsea (A)
Tottenham (H)

Final points prediction: 70

West Ham

David Moyes has transformed West Ham
David Moyes has transformed West Ham | Pool/Getty Images

Even the most ardent West Ham fan would have laughed at the suggestion their team would be challenging for a place in the Champions League with less than two months of the season to play - but here we are.

David Moyes has transformed the Hammers into a well-drilled outfit who can beat anyone in the league on their day, with some astute signings adding to an already talented squad.

West Ham have transformed into the most entertaining side in the league of late, with Jesse Lingard playing a starring role as they've notched nine goals from their previous three league matches.

Their run-in doesn't actually look too daunting, and if they can remain in touch with the Champions League-chasing pack over the coming weeks, they could well achieve what had looked nigh-on impossible at the start of the season.

Remaining fixtures

Newcastle (A)
Chelsea (H)
Burnley (A)
Everton (H)
Brighton (A)
West Brom (A)
Southampton (H)

Final points prediction: 71

Chelsea

Thomas Tuchel's arrival has breathed life into Chelsea's campaign
Thomas Tuchel's arrival has breathed life into Chelsea's campaign | Michael Steele/Getty Images

It's fair to say that were it not for the man in the picture above we wouldn't even feel the need to mention Chelsea in this list.

Thomas Tuchel's arrival at Stamford Bridge has reignited the Blues' season and they're now firmly in the race for the top four, with just one defeat from their 12 league outings under the German's stewardship giving them a great chance of securing Champions League football.

The Blues have shown great character to bounce back from their embarrassing 5-2 defeat at the hands of strugglers West Brom, and their destiny is still firmly in their own hands with trips to Manchester City and Aston Villa potentially proving key to their final standing.

Remaining fixtures

Brighton (H)
West Ham (A)
Fulham (H)
Manchester City (A)
Arsenal (H)
Leicester (H)
Aston Villa (A)

Final points prediction: 68

Liverpool

Liverpool's usually reliable frontline is struggling this season
Liverpool's usually reliable frontline is struggling this season | Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

This year's Premier League has been full of surprises, but Liverpool's abject title defence probably tops the lot.

While Jurgen Klopp can bemoan the defensive injuries suffered by his squad, it's the Reds' lack of goals that's had the biggest impact on their stuttered campaign.

After six home defeats on the bounce, Liverpool finally stopped the rot with a 2-1 win over Aston Villa last time out, but they still have a serious challenge ahead of them if they're to qualify for the Champions League.

Remaining fixtures

Leeds (A)
Newcastle (H)
Manchester United (A)
Southampton (H)
West Brom (A)
Burnley (A)
Crystal Palace (H)

Final points prediction: 66

Everton

Carlo Ancelotti could be set to lead Everton into the Champions League
Carlo Ancelotti could be set to lead Everton into the Champions League | Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images

Everton have picked up some quality wins against top opposition this season, though their record against the so-called weaker sides has prevented them from sitting in the Champions League places for much of the season.

In fairness, you could never accuse the Toffees of being boring; in little over two months they've lost at home to struggling Newcastle and Fulham as well as picking up four points away at Manchester United and Liverpool.

Predicting Everton's final points tally is absolutely pointless given their erratic form, but we've done it anyway because, y'know, fun.

Remaining fixtures

Tottenham (H)
Arsenal (A)
Aston Villa (H)
West Ham (A)
Sheffield United (H)
Wolves (H)
Manchester City (A)
Aston Villa (A) - fixture yet to be allocated a date

Final points prediction: 62

Aston Villa

Jack Grealish has been instrumental in Villa's solid campaign
Jack Grealish has been instrumental in Villa's solid campaign | Pool/Getty Images

Obviously he's not going to win it, but if Dean Smith's name isn't on the Premier League Manager of the Season shortlist then it's a travesty.

It's not quite a Leicester-style turnaround, but to take Aston Villa from the brink of life back in the Championship to challenging for a place in Europe is incredible.

Some savvy transfer business coupled with the fine form of Jack Grealish has meant relegation worries are a thing of the past for Villa, but the loss of their talisman to injury in recent months has seen them endure a worrying drop in form, and the Champions League looks a distant dream right now.

Remaining fixtures

Manchester City (H)
West Brom (H)
Everton (A)
Manchester United (H)
Crystal Palace (A)
Tottenham (A)
Chelsea (H)
Everton (H) - fixture yet to be allocated a date

Final points prediction: 56

Tottenham

Jose Mourinho could still lead his side to a top-four finish
Jose Mourinho could still lead his side to a top-four finish | Chloe Knott - Danehouse/Getty Images

Their calamitous exit from the Europa League a few weeks ago could have ended up being a blessing in disguise with no more midweek trips around Europe to endure, but instead Tottenham have just fallen apart.

Who knows what's going on with Jose Mourinho right now, and with his side picking up just one win from their previous four league outings it's going to take something special to turn this around.

Still, with Harry Kane and Son Heung-min up top and Gareth Bale showing glimpses of the player we know he can be, this side really are capable of anything.

After all, every good father should give his kids Champions League football, right?

Remaining fixtures

Everton (A)
Sheffield United (H)
Leeds (A)
Wolves (H)
Aston Villa (H)
Leicester (A)
Southampton (H) - fixture yet to be allocated a date

Final points prediction: 63

Final table prediction

1. Manchester City
2. Manchester United
3. West Ham
4. Leicester
5. Chelsea
6. Liverpool
7. Tottenham
8. Everton
9. Aston Villa

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