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Who will win the race for the top four?

Richard Morgan 15 Feb 2018
Race for Top 4's Richard Morgan analyses the run-ins of the teams vying for UEFA Champions League places

The race for the top four is among the tightest it has been as five clubs battle for the three UEFA Champions League places behind runaway leaders Manchester City.

Which of the five have the advantage during the run-in? Richard Morgan of reveals all. 

Race for top four

Pos Team Pl GD Pts
1 MCI 38 +79 100
2 MUN 38 +40 81
3 TOT 38 +38 77
4 LIV 38 +46 75
5 CHE 38 +24 70
6 ARS 38 +23 63
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Manchester United

Jose Mourinho's side face defining games against rivals Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal, all at Old Trafford.

However, tricky-looking clashes at Crystal Palace, West Ham and Manchester City that could end up deciding their fate.


On paper, awkward trips to Man Utd, Everton and Chelsea look to be Liverpool's hardest tests.

But given the Reds' unpredictability, it is more likely that encounters against mid-table sides West Ham, Watford and AFC Bournemouth will determine where they finish.


Chelsea face the Manchester clubs in their next two contests, with the first, at Old Trafford, one that may go a long way in deciding the champions' top-four hopes.

However, the Blues also face Spurs and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge before the season's climax, knowing victories in those fixtures could be decisive.

Tottenham Hotspur

The team with the greatest momentum appear to also have the most favourable run-in, facing opponents with an average position of 13th.

Spurs' next top-six tests come at Chelsea and Man City on 1 and 14 April.


The Gunners do only have to play two of their top-six rivals, Man City and Man Utd, but whether they can make up their eight-point deficit on Chelsea remains doubtful.

Arsene Wenger's team need 24 points from their final 11 matches to reach the average number for finishing fourth since 1995/96.

See: Top-four candidates' remaining matches

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