The race for the top four spots in the Premier League has heated up after recent results, with only four points separating Tottenham, Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea.
With only 2 places up for grabs between the four teams, it looks like the race is going to go to the wire.
While Arsenal and Chelsea also have alternate routes to Champions League qualification through the Europa League, Spurs and Manchester United will have to ensure they finish in the top four, particularly after the tough draws that both the teams have been handed in the quarter-final of the competition against Manchester City and Barcelona, respectively.
With next season being Tottenham’s first full season at their new stadium, it will be a disaster if the club fails to qualify for the Champions League.
Sky Sports pundit Phil Thompson has predicted that both Man Utd and Spurs will finish in the top four places while both of Tottenham’s London rivals will miss out.
While the pundit admitted that he believes Spurs’ togetherness will see them trump their rivals, he cited Arsenal’s and Chelsea’s fragility as the reason they will miss out.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Thompson said, “Chelsea are still a bit fragile, on and off the pitch. It doesn’t seem to be quite right and results are fluctuating, quite similar with Arsenal really.
“Although they seem to have good results, you cannot rely on them and then they have a couple of bad results. It is how they can capitulate in games.
‘Manchester United should be fourth because it is the Solskjaer effect and the feel-good effect of what he has done. It will probably be enough to see them in there at the end of the season, they are in an easier place than the other two.
“It will be very tight between them all but that is how I see it panning out. Although Tottenham have had a dodgy spell, football-wise they have a bit more togetherness than Arsenal and Chelsea so you can see them having enough to win their games, as well as getting the players fit such as Harry Kane and Dele Alli.
“Kane is a more consistent goalscorer and I would rely upon him more than Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at Arsenal and Gonzalo Higuain at Chelsea.”
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