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News24.com | Struggle for Premier League top four heats up

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Getty Images) Manchester City already have one hand on the Premier League trophy but the battle for the top four is likely to go down to the wire as a clutch of clubs seek to join Europe's elite next season.AFP Sport takes a look at the contenders as the 2020/21 campaign enters…

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Getty Images)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Getty Photos)

Manchester Metropolis dangle already obtained one hand on the Premier League trophy but the fight for the head four is at possibility of head the total vogue down to the wire as a take dangle of of clubs look to ticket up for Europe's elite next season.

AFP Sport takes a leer at the contenders as the 2020/21 campaign enters its final stretch, with 9 games closing for most teams.

The favourites

Manchester Metropolis, Manchester United, Leicester and Chelsea within the intervening time hang the head four locations within the English top-flight.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's United are eight ingredients definite of fifth-placed West Ham and are on note to enact within the head two for handiest the second time since they were closing champions in 2013.

United's hobble-in doesn't appear too remarkable, though they composed dangle to high-tail to Tottenham and host Liverpool. They also play top-four rivals Leicester at Feeble Trafford.

Leicester came agonisingly close to qualifying for the Champions League for handiest the second time of their historical past closing season but overlooked out on the final day, beaten by United.

Brendan Rodgers' aspect, who closing month beat United within the FA Cup quarter-finals, leer more tough this twelve months and are perfect one level at the abet of the Crimson Devils.

Leicester face Manchester Metropolis this weekend sooner than a hobble of kinder fixtures, but they'll be alive to to acquire a buffer, with a worldly put of suits to total the season -- in opposition to United, Chelsea and Spurs.

Chelsea, composed unbeaten in all competitions since Thomas Tuchel took over from Frank Lampard in January, are in fourth space but dangle less margin for error and are also composed spirited in regards to the FA Cup and Champions League.

Tuchel's aspect were remarkably tight at the abet, no longer conceding a single arrangement since February, but they've also lacked sharpness in front of arrangement.

They also face a no longer easy hobble-in, with consecutive suits in opposition to Metropolis, Arsenal and Leicester in Could also fair.

The challengers

Could possibly West Ham attain the unthinkable and join Europe's massive weapons next season?

David Moyes' men are in fifth location within the Premier League, perfect two ingredients at the abet of Chelsea, and rather then for suits in opposition to Leicester and Chelsea, their fixture checklist appears to be like to be like comparatively sort.

Nonetheless the Hammers, who were lifted by the mortgage signing of Manchester United forward Jesse Lingard, dangle taken perfect four ingredients from their past four suits and have to guarantee that they ranking abet to a success techniques away to Wolves on Monday.

Moyes' aspect enact their season with games in opposition to Brighton, West Brom and Southampton, all of whom are within the lower reaches of the table.

Tottenham, who looked shocking outsiders a few weeks ago, are perfect one level at the abet of West Ham after four wins in 5 league games.

Manager Jose Mourinho remains below strain after a season by which Spurs dangle flattered to deceive but a obtain in opposition to Metropolis on this month's League Cup final or a top-four enact would give him a gigantic enhance.

The club's hobble-in appears to be like to be like comparatively straightforward, with the exception of a match in opposition to United, whom they beat 6-1 in October.

Champions Liverpool are decided to salvage one thing from the wreckage of their title defence and additionally they're step by step jubilant they attach no longer seem to be taking part in Arsenal at house on Saturday.

While Jurgen Klopp's men, within the intervening time 5 ingredients at the abet of Chelsea, have not won within the league at Anfield since December, their results on the motorway were seriously better.

The outsiders

Everton are stage on ingredients with Liverpool and dangle a game in hand but they devise no longer dangle the experience of their metropolis rivals at the interesting live of the table and have not executed within the head four since 2005.

Manager Carlo Ancelotti closing month talked in regards to the club's Champions League dream but successive defeats to Chelsea and Burnley dangle broken their hopes and additionally they leer no longer going to bridge the gap.

Arsenal are 9 ingredients at the abet of Chelsea and are shocking outsiders to return to the Champions League, where they closing performed within the 2016/17 season.

Fixtures

Saturday

Chelsea v West Brom, Leeds v Sheffield United, Leicester v Manchester Metropolis, Arsenal v Liverpool

Sunday

Southampton v Burnley, Newcastle v Tottenham, Aston Villa v Fulham, Manchester United v Brighton

Monday

Everton v Crystal Palace, Wolves v West Ham

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