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Who will win 'the Top 4 Race' ?

2015-03-09 12:01
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Cape Town - The soccer experts at Sport24 have given their verdict on how the English Premiership season will play out, with the majority predicting a return to Champions League action next season for Manchester United.

Here is how the "experts" at Sport24 expect the Top Four race to finish this season:

Garrin Lambley - Sport24 Editor and Everton fan

There will be no stopping the “Chosen One” this season as the English Premiership title WILL be heading back to Stamford Bridge.

I predict that the defending champions, Manchester City, will stumble and fumble their way into second place – and be in the market for a new coach for next season. Arsene Wenger will fire the Gunners to a “podium” finish, just ahead of a fast-finishing Manchester United who will secure a Champions League spot to appease their supporters.

Rob Houwing, Sport24 Chief writer and Newcastle fan

Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal - the current "one, two, three" - will still be in those respective berths at season's end.

Southampton and Tottenham will not quite be able to sustain their mojo, leaving a straight shootout between Manchester United and Liverpool for the crucial fourth spot - my gut feel is that Liverpool are going to to sneak it.

They have been beating pretty decent opponents recently, and probably boast an easier run-in on paper - including a high-stakes home date with the Red Devils at Anfield on March 22.

Wade Pretorius - Sport24 soccer journalist and Manchester United fan

I will avoid going with my heart on this one and instead will try to use mathematics to provide my response.

Chelsea will win the league by at least five points this season as I think that under Jose Mourinho's guidance it is almost impossible for them to throw away "their" title. City will hold on for second place, partly due to their squad and partly due to their run-in, playing eight teams outside the top 6 in their remaining games.

Arsenal and Liverpool must be favourites at this stage due to form and their remaining fixtures. If Manchester United win the Manchester Derby and draw at Anfield then I see them sneaking into the "Top Four" - anything less than 4 points from those two fixtures and they will again miss out on Champions League football.

Tashreeq Vardien -  Sport24 soccer journalist and Manchester United fan

With Manchester City solely focused on the EPL (that is after Barcelona eliminate them out of the Champions League), they will definitely be remain in the top four as well as for Chelsea. Chelsea seem to be riding a wave of good results lately and should have enough left in the tank to take the title back to Stamford Bridge. 

The remaining two spots will see a battle between three sides - Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool. I think United have some bite in them left (along with some much-needed luck) to end somewhere in the top four but it will be tough going as the Red Devils still have to face the Gunners, the Reds, Chelsea, City, Spurs and Everton.

Arsene Wenger has a tremendous record of guiding his side into the Champions League and I see no changing in that.

Who makes your final EPL "Top Four"?

Let us know on Twitter @sport24news or in the comments section below who would make your final four?

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