The Homestretch English Premier League
Assessing occurring events when the English Premier League heads into the homestretch is interesting. Events do not let become just any other season. No team has Leicester City’s last seasons fairytale. Leicester City’s fairytale continued in the EUFA Champions League this season as it reached the quarterfinals. Even regulars including Arsenal and Manchester City failed to get into the quarterfinals. For almost have the season, and Chelsea has led the table. No one can bet against them to win the league this season.
The top four positions are now the focus of both analysts and participating teams. The prize to finish in the top four is playing in the elite championship in Europe next season. Of the four positions, two are secured with Tottenham and Chelsea. Four teams have to battle it out for the two remaining slots. The arrival of Antonio Conte revitalized the rugged Chelsea. The new coach cam with new systems and formations. Discipline at Chelsea deteriorated faster under the leadership of Mourinho. The defeat to Arsenal changed the fortunes at Stamford Bridge.
Tottenham season has many features such as fast-paced football, ability to score many goals and use of counter attacks. The result is another Champions League football next season. Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal have t sharpen their tools to secure the two slots. They retain equal weights to get the two slots. Sixth and Europa football is gone with Everton.
Comparatively, the route for Liverpool to navigate is easy. Although it failed to get past Southampton in the last outing, odds in the last three games favor them. The only threat is that competitors have games in hand. Guardiola’s Manchester City is in the form of the season and with two more games in hand, they can leapfrog Liverpool to third. Wins will sort them out.
The biggest question is on Manchester United. They find themselves between a hard place and a rock. They have secured their spot in the Europa League Final. The prize comes with Champions League Football. This is what Manchester United desires and wants. Mourinho and his charges can use this to get their target. Chances are they use this option.
Assessing the case for Arsenal is rib cracking. Wenger has been there and has seen it all in EPL. Newbies in the league still keep him away from the title. For the first time, Mourinho lost to Wenger. It will be history if Wenger fails to qualify for Champions League. The challenge is great for finishing in EPL top four.