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This Premier League campaign is providing viewers with one of the most exciting races for the top four in recent memory.

Although Chelsea and Tottenham are already cemented in first and second, there is a fierce battle raging for the final Champions League spots between Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal.

Predicting the Premier League's top four raceWith less than three weeks to go until the final day of the season, Outside90 casts an eye over the top four hopefuls and their remaining fixtures in 2016-17 to give a prediction of how the table might look at the end of May.

Liverpool – 69

Southampton (H) – 3
West Ham (A) – 1
Middlesbrough (H) – 3

Total: 76

Coming off a win against Watford on Tuesday morning, Liverpool gained a crucial three points which moved them one game clear of Manchester City. Jurgen Klopp’s men have played more games that all of their other top four rivals though, meaning that taking the maximum rewards is a must from their last three matches.

Liverpool’s next game against Southampton, and their last of the season against Middlesbrough both take place at Anfield, where the high stakes and home supporters should see the Reds claim victory. A visit to London Stadium on the 14th could prove troublesome though, with the Merseysiders failing to defeat West Ham in their last three meetings across all competitions.

Manchester City – 66

Crystal Palace (H) – 3
Leicester City (H) – 3
West Brom (H) – 3
Watford (A) – 3

Total: 78

Pep Guardiola’s side have only won two of their last six Premier League outings and the resurgence of their neighbours United mean that the Sky Blues are in the top four by a single point.

Manchester City have arguably the most favourable run to conclude the campaign, however, and could claim four straight victories if they play to their full abilities. Relegation threatened Crystal Palace visit the Etihad next, followed by reigning champions Leicester City and West Brom. A trip to Watford could also see the Citizens end the season with a bang should the race require it.

Manchester United – 65

Arsenal (A) – 1
Tottenham (A) – 0
Southampton (A) – 3
Crystal Palace (H) – 3

Total: 72

Consecutive 2-0 wins against Chelsea and Burnley reignited hopes of automatic Champions League qualification for Red Devils supporters and holding their neighbours to a stalemate in last week’s derby brought them to within a point of the top four.

Jose Mourinho has to content with a squad ravaged by injuries to key players though, plus a schedule that still includes continental commitments. Expect a tough fortnight ahead for Manchester United, who travel to Arsenal just days after facing Celta Vigo in the Europa League. Their domestic undefeated run could come to an end at White Hart Lane in the following fixture, yet games against Southampton and Crystal Palace should end 2016-17 with six points.

Arsenal – 60

Man United (H) – 1
Southampton (A) – 3
Stoke City (A) – 1
Sunderland (H) – 3
Everton (H) – 3

Total: 71

Perhaps the most challenging season of the Premier League era for Arsenal fans is nearing a painful end, with Sunday night’s 2-0 defeat to Tottenham seemingly sealing the coffin on their hopes of once again making it into Europe’s showcase competition.

A valiant showing at home against Man United next Monday morning could provide the Gunners the necessary momentum to end the season in positive style, but even if Arsene Wenger’s side could record wins against Southampton, Sunderland and Everton in their last four games, it would most likely not be enough.

Final table

3 – Manchester City – 78
4 – Liverpool – 76
5 – Manchester United – 72
6 – Arsenal – 71

Originally published at outside90.com

Post written by Hugh Schuitemaker, Twitter: @cactushugh
for Outside 90, Blog: outside90.com, Twitter: @Outside90

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