Former Liverpool and Newcastle United striker Michael Owen has given his predictions on who will finish in fourth spot at the end of the Premier League season between Tottenham, Chelsea, Wolves, and Manchester United.
With Liverpool, Manchester City, and Leicester City looking like they are likely to finish in the top three, the race for the fourth spot has been heating up in recent weeks.
Chelsea currently occupy fourth with 36 points, five points clear of fifth-placed Man Utd and six points clear of both Tottenham and Wolves.
Spurs’ chances of qualifying for the Champions League for the fifth season in a row looked done and dusted a couple of months ago, but the side has made up a lot of ground on Chelsea since Jose Mourinho arrived in November.
However, recent defeats to Chelsea and Southampton, as well as the 2-2 draw against Norwich, have raised question marks over the side’s consistency.
Owen insisted that Tottenham were not playing well enough to finish fourth this season and claimed that the race was between Manchester United and Chelsea.
Speaking to Premier League Productions (as relayed by the Daily Mirror), the former England striker said, “I don’t fancy Tottenham, I don’t think they’re playing well enough.
“I love Wolves, I love watching them, I think they’re great for the league actually, but possibly not [for the top four].
“I think it’s between Chelsea… I’d probably say Manchester United actually at the moment. I think they’re [Man Utd] coming into good form, I think they’ve got a good attack.
“They’re solid behind, don’t get me wrong I don’t particularly like the look of their midfield but it’s effective. And when you’ve got those three up front with pace then you’ve always got a chance.”
Spurs Web Opinion
Based on the evidence of recent performances, one can’t help but agree with Owen about Spurs not playing well enough to finish 4th. However, the season is a long one and it is not fair to expect Mourinho to work his magic without having time to work with the players. The race for the 4th spot will likely go down to the wire with a lot more twists and turns to come.
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