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PostSubject: How the Premier League top-four race shapes up   How the Premier League top-four race shapes up Empty2015-03-23, 16:43

The battle for Champions League qualification in the English Premier League
took another twist at the weekend with all of the contenders for a top-four
finish bar Liverpool winning.
Chelsea, six points clear at the summit with a game in hand, appear destined
for the title and with it a place in the Champions League, leaving six teams to
fight it out for the three remaining qualifying berths.
With eight matches of the season remaining (nine for Chelsea), AFP Sport
assesses the runners and riders in the race for a spot in Europe’s elite
competition.
2. Manchester City (played 30; points 61; goal difference +34)
Consecutive away defeats by Liverpool and Burnley, allied to a chastening
Champions League exit against Barcelona, have left the defending champions
looking vulnerable. Having been level on points with Chelsea on New Year’s
Day, their grip on second place is now under threat from a resurgent Arsenal
and Manchester United.
Remaining fixtures: Crystal Palace (a), Manchester United (a), West Ham United
(h), Aston Villa (h), Tottenham Hotspur (a), Queens Park Rangers (h), Swansea
City (a), Southampton (h)
3. Arsenal (played 30; points 60; goal difference +27)
In trademark fashion, Arsene Wenger’s side appear to have timed their surge for
a top-four finish to perfection. Saturday’s hard-fought 2-1 win at Newcastle
United was their sixth in succession and their ninth in their last 10 league
matches.
Remaining fixtures: Liverpool (h), Burnley (a), Chelsea (h), Hull City (a),
Swansea City (h), Manchester United (a), Sunderland (h), West Bromwich Albion
(h)
4. Manchester United (played 30; points 59; goal difference +25)
Following months of underwhelming performances under new manager Louis
van Gaal, United have suddenly clicked into gear, beating Tottenham Hotspur
3-0 and then recording a superb 2-1 victory at Liverpool. Back-to-back fixtures
against City and Chelsea will test the durability of their resurgence, but there
are signs of a swagger returning to Old Trafford.
Remaining fixtures: Aston Villa (h), Manchester City (h), Chelsea (a), Everton
(a), West Bromwich Albion (h), Crystal Palace (a), Arsenal (h), Hill City (a)
5. Liverpool (played 30; points 54; goal difference +12)
Last season’s surprise runners-up saw a 13-game unbeaten run ended by
Sunday’s loss to United, which left Brendan Rodgers’s team five points below
the Champions League places. Had shown scintillating form since Christmas,
but with trips to Arsenal and Chelsea awaiting, another top-four finish looks a
tall order.
Remaining fixtures: Arsenal (a), Newcastle United (h), Hull City (a), West
Bromwich Albion (a), Queens Park Rangers (h), Chelsea (a), Crystal Palace (h),
Stoke City (a)
6. Southampton (played 30; points 53; goal difference +21)
Ronald Koeman’s side continue to bely expectations and have come through a
sticky patch that saw them draw at home to West Ham United and lose to
Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion. A Champions League place now seems
unlikely, but Europa League qualification (requiring a top-six finish) would still
represent a fine achievement.
Remaining fixtures: Everton (a), Hull City (h), Stoke City (a), Tottenham Hotspur
(h), Sunderland (a), Leicester City (a), Aston Villa (h), Manchester City (a)
7. Tottenham Hotspur (played 30; points 53; goal difference +5)
Inspired by the sensational form of Harry Kane, Tottenham have enjoyed
memorable wins over Chelsea and Arsenal, but inconsistency means they have
never won more than three games in succession. A Europa League place may
now represent the summit of their ambitions, although a relatively benign run-in
could yet offer more.
Remaining fixtures: Burnley (a), Aston Villa (h), Newcastle United (a),
Southampton (a), Manchester City (h), Stoke City (a), Hull City (h), Everton (a)
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Cool combination
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U get it
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PostSubject: Re: How the Premier League top-four race shapes up   How the Premier League top-four race shapes up Empty2015-03-23, 18:20

What an entertaining league!
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PostSubject: Re: How the Premier League top-four race shapes up   How the Premier League top-four race shapes up Empty2015-03-23, 18:34

yes o...
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PostSubject: Re: How the Premier League top-four race shapes up   How the Premier League top-four race shapes up Empty2015-03-23, 18:57

the thing is that United has all these things in their hands more than the others. they will have to play everyone above them and if they beat arsenal, they go above them. if they beat man city they go above them.. if they beat Chelsea, they have an added advantage... unlike oher teams totally rely on other fixtures to stay above uni. that being said... top 2 finish is like final for now. arsenal are playing really well for now and would be fancied for top 2 but they usually also need to beat United to get them off their backs and the same for man city....
let's wait and see but for now anyone could still even win the league let alone be second or third or fourth
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PostSubject: Re: How the Premier League top-four race shapes up   How the Premier League top-four race shapes up Empty2015-03-23, 19:37

We need to work hard...na only 3 will qualify 4 champe now .ℓ̊ guess
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not 3 but 4 will qualify...
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Sum pple wil open dia eyes n c man utd win d epl!
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