Premier League Analysis – The Run-In

With just 9 matchweeks remaining of the current Premier League season, we take a look at the all-important run-in and discuss who is most likely to finish in the top four and also who is in danger of being relegated at the other end of the table.

Who will claim those all-important Champions League places?

The race for a top-four finish to secure a Champions League spot next year is well and truly on with multiple teams still in the running to make a last-minute push. 

Manchester City are in cruise control sitting firmly at the top of the table on 71 points needing just four more wins to claim their fifth Premier League title. 

Heading into Matchweek 30, Manchester United, Leicester City and Chelsea are currently the other three teams who are taking up those all-important places. 

West Ham, Tottenham, Liverpool and Everton are all just outside the top four but with multiple matches still to take place over the coming weeks, they could all still catch up if any of them were to put a decent run together. 

Upcoming fixtures for the top four teams

Manchester CityManchester UnitedLeicester CityChelsea
3 Apr – Leicester (A)4 Apr – Brighton (H)3 Apr – Man City (H)3 Apr – WBA (H)
10 Apr – Leeds United (H)11 Apr – Tottenham Hotspur (A)11 Apr – West Ham United (A)10 Apr – Crystal Palace (A)
1 May – Crystal Palace (A)17 Apr – Burnley (H)24 Apr – Crystal Palace – H)24 Apr – West Ham United (A)
8 May – Chelsea (H)24 Apr – Leeds United (A)1 May – Southampton (A)1 May – Fulham (H)
12 May – Newcastle United (A)1 May – Liverpool (H)8 May – Newcastle United (H)8 May – Man City (A)

The battle for survival is officially on

With every game that passes, it’s becoming increasingly harder to climb out of the relegation zone, especially for the three teams who all season have looked to be in danger. 

Both West Bromwich Albion and Sheffield United have struggled to put points on the board over the past few months which has left them in a very vulnerable position looking down to the Championship rather than up to Premier League safety. 

Fulham are also in the same situation but compared to their rivals have been able to pick up some results along the way meaning that there could still be a way out of trouble for them. 

Newcastle are currently sitting on the outskirts just above the drop alongside Brighton, Burnley and Southampton who could all be dragged into the fight if they fail to claim many more points. 

Upcoming fixtures for the bottom three

FulhamWest Bromwich AlbionSheffield United
4 Apr – Aston Villa (A)3 Apr – Chelsea (A)3 Apr – Leeds United (A)
9 Apr – Wolves (H)12 Apr – Southampton (H)11 Apr – Arsenal (H)
17 Apr – Arsenal (A)24 Apr – Aston Villa (A)17 Apr – Wolves (A)
1 May – Chelsea (A)1 May – Wolves (H)24 Apr – Brighton (H)
8 May – Burnley (H)8 May – Arsenal (A)1 May – Tottenham (A)

How many games are left to be played?

There are just nine rounds of fixtures remaining to be played in the current Premier League campaign meaning that there are a total of 27 points up for grabs for each team between now and the end of the season. 

What is the current form?

Sheffield United, who have only won one in their last seven, already look defeated and after the recent sacking of manager Chris Wilder find themselves 14 points from safety. 

Despite earning some positive draws against Manchester United and Burnley, West Bromwich Albion are also in trouble just second from bottom with 18 points. 

If there’s anyone who will be able to survive the drop, it’ll be Graham Potter’s Brighton who have recently picked up some good wins over Newcastle and Southampton and are starting to gain some real momentum. 

In terms of the top four, Manchester City’s form has been magnificent all season and not just of late so it’ll be fully deserved if and when they lift the trophy later in the year. 

Both Manchester United and Leicester have pretty much maintained their 2nd and 3rd positions since the start of the 20/21 campaign and as long as they can earn a couple more wins over the next few matches, they will also be two teams who cement their place. 

Chelsea had a difficult start to the season and were a mid-table side until new manager Thomas Tuchel arrived at the Bridge in which they are still unbeaten under his reign so far. 

Even though they have recorded recent victories over the likes of Everton and Liverpool, if they are to claim a Champions League place they have got to keep their run going as there are multiple teams lurking below ready to overtake them if they were to slip up at any moment. 

So, the all-important question is, which teams will be playing European football next season and who will be relegated to the Championship? 

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