The race to the top four gained momentum after it was confirmed Man City have won a historic Court of Arbitration for Sports ruling and will play in next season’s Champions League.
Probably by now, Manchester United, Chelsea, and Leicester City are cursing the decision to allow Manchester City to participate in the Champions League next season. By now, all that is left to be done is compete for the top four bearing in mind the fifth is off the table.
So, here’s how the race to the top-four is heating up.
The Blues currently occupy the third position with 60 points and 35 matches played. The season has been far from plain sailing for the Blues although inconsistency has found its way into their play with their defense coming under heavy questioning in recent weeks.
For Lampard’s side, it’s a case of one step forward and two steps back considering they run the real risk of witnessing their momentum halted and Champions League hopes dashed at the finishing line.
While they sit in third with 35 games played, Manchester United have a game in hand and an easier run to climb the ladder and occupy the Blues current position.
Suggestively, Chelsea is experiencing a wobble while Leicester are having a full-blown tremor. The historic mid-season break brought about by COVID-19 has knocked down the Foxes who now run the very real risk of undoing a season of hard work and crashing out of the top four.
With football restart, Leicester has won once having squandered the buffer they had built before the game’s suspension.
Despite having Jamie Vardy, the Premier League’s leading scorer, the volatile nature of Leicester’s approach currently sees them on the brink of missing out on the Champions League dream. Contrarily, the Foxes have the chance to dash Sheffield United’s hopes before a final day of the season clash against Manchester United could well be defining.
Out of nowhere, Manchester United has shot back into form contention and will be the favorites of many if they make it to the Champions League. Such is Solskjaer’s side revival that a few in the Old Trafford will have serious ambitions to get third place in the bag as the season nears closure.
The chemistry form of Bruno Fernandes coupled with Pogba’s return and the free-scoring front line has seen the Red Devils collect win after win.
Since the season’s restart, United has faced zero defeats and has dropped two points only along the way. However, their run-in for the remaining games looks much more favorable.
Should United win their game today against Southampton, they will be in the driving seat towards the top four.