With the Manchester clubs struggling for consistency, will West Ham, Southampton, Stoke or even Liverpool put together a run and land fourth place?
While results at the weekend suggest the Premier League title is now a two-horse race, the battle for Champions League places is tighter than ever. Arsenal will hope that their win at Everton – which ended a run of one point from a possible nine – gives them an outside chance of regaining the crown, but they will probably have to settle for extending their customary Champions League qualification. Manchester City have no such certainty after their derby defeat to United cut the gap between the clubs to one point, while West Ham sit level on points with United despite being held to a draw by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Arsenal, City, West Ham and United have a game in hand over Southampton and Stoke but the pair in seventh and eighth are only a few points back and Liverpool in ninth also have games in hand. If we assume that Arsenal’s status in the top four is almost assured, there are as many as six teams vying for one final Champions League spot, so let’s assess their chances.