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With Chelsea looking all but sure to secure a second Premier League title in three years.

Teams below them are scrapping for a place in next season’s Champions League.

Predicting the race for the Premier League's top fourThe race looks set to go down to the wire with a number of the key clubs involved set to come face to face.

Tottenham Hotspur (68 points)

Remaining fixtures/predictions:
AFC Bournemouth (H) – 3,
Leicester City (A) – 1,
Crystal Palace (A) – 3,
Arsenal (H) – 3,
West Ham United (A) – 1,
Manchester United (H) – 1,
Hull City (A) – 3

With an 11-point buffer over fifth-placed Manchester United, it is hard to see Tottenham missing out on a place in club football’s elite competition next season. Mauricio Pochettino’s men remain seven points behind Chelsea in the race for the title, and should the Blues slip up, Spurs will be ready to pounce.

Despite often fielding a relatively young side, the north Londoners have shown great maturity throughout the season, and this should be no different in the season’s final weeks. Pochettino has his side scoring as free as any other across Europe right now and teams are sure to be nervous when they face Spurs in the season’s closing stages.

Liverpool (63 points)

Remaining fixtures/predictions:
West Brom (A) – 0,
Crystal Palace (H) – 3,
Watford (A) – 3,
Southampton (H) – 1,
West Ham United (A) – 1,
Middlesbrough (H) – 3

Jurgen Klopp can breathe a sigh of relief ahead of Liverpool’s final six league matches, having seen off all his side’s top four rivals for the campaign. But there still remains a cause for concern.

Throughout the years, the Reds have often had a difficult time in dealing with those teams below them. This is a trend they simply must buck in the closing weeks of the season or risk dropping out of the Champions League places. Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino will have a big say in where they do finish in Sadio Mane’s absence.

Manchester City (61 points)

Remaining fixtures/predictions:
Southampton (A) – 1,
West Brom (H) – 3,
Man United (H) – 3,
Middlesbrough (A) – 3,
Crystal Palace (H) – 3,
Leicester City (H) – 1,
Watford (A) – 3

At this time of the year, Pep Guardiola has often been preparing his sides for one last rush at a league title, but things are different this time around. Despite being in this scenario, Guardiola is sure to have his players primed and ready to go.

The Manchester derby set for 28 April is City’s biggest test in their final seven games, one they are expected to overcome. With no European commitments to trouble the Sky Blues, a full focus can remain on the Premier League, although a trip to the FA Cup Final is at stake later this month.

Manchester United (57 points)

Remaining fixtures/predictions:
Chelsea (H) – 1,
Burnley (A) – 3,
Man City (A) – 0,
Swansea City (H) – 3,
Arsenal (A) – 1,
Tottenham (A) – 1,
Crystal Palace (H) – 3,
Southampton (A) – 1

United have been the masters of their own downfall this season on far too many occasions with their inability to kill off opposing teams at home. To date, Jose Mourinho’s men have registered nine home draws and on many of those days, the Red Devils should have taken all three points.

With a number of tough tests set to come in the final weeks of the season, United’s best option for a Champions League position may be through the Europa League, although with two games in hand over Liverpool, their hopes are far from over. Should they earn a place in the top four come season’s end, fans will be thankful for the services of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Arsenal (54 points)

Remaining fixtures/predictions:
Middlesbrough (A) – 3,
Leicester City (H) – 3,
Tottenham (A) – 0,
Man United (H) – 1,
Stoke City (A) – 1,
Everton (H) – 1,
Sunderland (H) – 3,
Southampton (A) – 0

Away from a results front, Arsenal are set to write the biggest headlines in coming weeks as a decision over Arsene Wenger’s future is made. But it is not only the Frenchman who is fighting for his future with a number of his players also facing uncertain futures. With that sure to be in the back of their mind, Gunners players will be giving it everything they’ve got.

Despite their troubles, they should win the games they are expected to, but as we have seen in recent weeks, if they do not turn up with the right frame of mind, they can be simply embarrassing.

Everton (54 points)

Remaining fixtures/predictions:
Burnley (H) – 3,
West Ham (A) – 1,
Chelsea (H) – 1,
Swansea (A) – 3,
Watford (H) – 3,
Arsenal (A) – 1

Ronald Koeman deserves full credit for the way he has managed this Everton team right throughout the season as they aim for European football. Right throughout their history, the Toffees have never shied away from the challenge presented by the big boys of English football, and now is not the time to go into their shell.

While it is an exciting end to the season, it is also a nervous one, with the futures of Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku uncertain. Even if the pair is to leave in the summer, they will give it their all to establish Everton as a mainstay challenger for the top four.

Final table

2 – Tottenham Hotspur 83
3 – Manchester City 78
4 – Liverpool 74
5 – Manchester United 70
6 – Everton 66 (will finish with a higher goal difference)
7 – Arsenal 66

Post written by Outside 90
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