There might be just 3 games left in the 2013/2014 Premier League season but there’s still a lot up for grabs. The title can still be won by three teams while the remaining Champions League spot and Europa League spot are still not completely decided.
Liverpool are the favourites to win the title with 80 points – if they get 7 points out of their last possible 9, it will be a first Premier League title for Steven Gerrard and company. However, it won’t be easy.
Second place Chelsea – who recently lost 2-1 at home to bottom side, Sunderland – are 5 points behind and are yet to visit Anfield, while Manchester City who have 74 points have a game in hand on both of them.
What makes things interesting is if Chelsea beat Liverpool but Brendan Rodgers’ men still win their last two remaining games, the title could go to Manchester City if they win all their remaining games due to their superior goal difference.
It’ll be an exciting finish to see who ends up as champions and the Liverpool – Chelsea game at Anfield will certainly play a huge role in deciding that.
As for the crucial 4th spot, Arsenal – after a few slip-ups recently – now look back on track to claim it and even have an outside chance of finishing even higher if Chelsea and City slip up further. With an FA Cup final to look forward to, if the Gunners do end up ending their trophy drought and finishing in the top four, it is significant progress and by no means, a disappointing season even if they led the top of the Premier League for so long.
Everton still have a chance to finish in the top four for the first time since 2005 – they are only one point behind Arsenal with 69 points after all. It would be a more than successful debut season for Roberto Martinez if that were the case but even if they finish 5th, he’d have exceeded expectations as the Toffees have played some remarkable football this season with stunning wins over Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United to add to that.
With one of Arsenal or Everton possibly finishing in 5th, this leaves only one other spot for the final Europa League place which Spurs currently occupy. With 63 points and a decent run of form, Tim Sherwood’s men look favourites to clinch it ahead of Manchester United who recently sacked David Moyes after a dismal season where the Champions will finish outside the top four for the first time since 1995.
Newly appointed interim manager, Ryan Giggs will be hoping for a strong finish to the season as his side are 6 points behind Spurs with a game in hand. The lowered expectations at Old Trafford now are to finish in 6th place but even if they didn’t, it could be a blessing in disguise as a season without European football and the fixture congestion that comes with it, could help Manchester United rise back to the top just like Liverpool are doing this season.