Chelsea & Wolves are more likely to finish in the top 4 than Man United #PL

Chelsea & Wolves are more likely to finish in the top 4 than Man United




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Which Premier League clubs will qualify for the 2020-21 Champions League?

With the end of the 2019-20 Premier League season just a month away, ESPN have cast their eye on which clubs are likely to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

Of course, Liverpool are already in it.

The 2018-19 Champions League winners have booked their spot in the competition after winning this year’s Premier League title.

Will Man City be in it too? Currently no, as the Sky Blues have been hit with a 2-year ban by UEFA.

Man City are hoping to overturn that decision as they await the verdict from their appeal in the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Working on the assumption that Man City don’t win their appeal, 5th place in the league will qualify for the Champions League.

Cutting to the chase, ESPN believe that Chelsea will finish 3rd, Wolves will finish 4th, while Man United will end up in 5th.

 

The Premier League table as it stands

# Team MP W D L F A D P
1 Liverpool FC 31 28 2 1 70 21 49 86
2 Manchester City 31 20 3 8 77 33 44 63
3 Leicester City 31 16 7 8 59 29 30 55
4 Chelsea FC 31 16 6 9 55 41 14 54
5 Wolverhampton Wanderers 32 13 13 6 45 34 11 52
6 Manchester United 31 13 10 8 48 31 17 49
7 Tottenham Hotspur 31 12 9 10 50 41 9 45
8 Burnley FC 32 13 6 13 36 45 -9 45
9 Sheffield United 31 11 11 9 30 31 -1 44
10 Arsenal FC 31 10 13 8 43 41 2 43
11 Crystal Palace 32 11 9 12 28 37 -9 42
12 Everton FC 31 11 8 12 38 46 -8 41
13 Southampton FC 32 12 4 16 41 55 -14 40
14 Newcastle United 31 10 9 12 29 42 -13 39
15 Brighton & Hove Albion 31 7 12 12 34 41 -7 33
16 Watford FC 32 6 10 16 29 49 -20 28
17 West Ham United 31 7 6 18 35 54 -19 27
18 AFC Bournemouth 31 7 6 18 29 50 -21 27
19 Aston Villa 32 7 6 19 36 60 -24 27
20 Norwich City 31 5 6 20 25 56 -31 21

Last updated: 1 min ago

 

LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 09: Frank Lampard, Manager of Chelsea gives his team instructions during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on November 09, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Why Chelsea & Wolves are likely to finish in the top 4

Chelsea have been perfect since football restarted.

In three matches so far, Frank Lampard’s side have beaten Aston Villa 2-1, Man City 2-1 and Leicester 1-0.

The Blues are now on a 5-game winning run, while ESPN’s Mark Odgen believes that run is likely to continue:

On current form, they should expect to bank maximum points from their next five games, but the crunch will come in their final two.

They may need to beat champions Liverpool at Anfield to ensure that their final-day clash at home to Wolves does not become a Champions League decider.

For the record, the bookies have Chelsea at 1/4 to finish in the top 4.


Chelsea remaining fixtures: West Ham (a), Watford (h), C Palace (a), Sheff Utd (a), Norwich (h), Liverpool (a), Wolves (h).


MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 06: Nuno Espirito Santo the head coach / manager of Wolverhampton Wanderers celebrates at full time during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Etihad Stadium on October 6, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Sam Bagnall – AMA/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Wolves have also picked up three wins in a row since football started up again.

Wolves beat West Ham 2-0, Bournemouth 1-0 and Aston Villa 1-0.

While ESPN predict that Wolves will finish 4th, it’s noted that the crunch match will be this weekend against Arsenal:

Saturday’s clash with Arsenal at Molineux is a major test for both teams — the Gunners need to win to keep their Europa League hopes alive; Wolves need to keep their winning run going — and three points against Mikel Arteta’s men will give Wolves the belief that they can finish as high as third.

Wolves are 4/1 to finish in the top 4 according to the bookies.


Wolves remaining fixtures: Arsenal (h), Sheff Utd (a), Everton (h), Burnley (a), C Palace (h), Chelsea (a).


 

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 10: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Interim Manager of Manchester United acknowledges the fans following the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Manchester United at Emirates Stadium on March 10, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Manchester United predicted to finish 5th

Manchester United are on a 14-game unbeaten run. Moreover, the Red Devils are still in the FA Cup plus the Europa League.

However, ESPN aren’t convinced that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will finish in the top 4, even though 5th could be enough for a Champions League spot.

Why? Because ESPN argue that Man United have been too erratic in 2019-20:

Inconsistency has been United’s problem all season, though, and any dropped points against strugglers or mid-table teams in the coming games could derail their charge for the top five, especially with Chelsea and Wolves in such impressive form.

Man United are 5/4 to finish in the top 4.


Man United remaining fixtures: Brighton (a), Bournemouth (h), Aston Villa (a), Southampton (h), C Palace (a), West Ham (h), Leicester (a).


 

Leicester, Tottenham & Arsenal

If ESPN’s predictions prove accurate Leicester are set to be the big losers.

Leicester are currently third in the Premier League. However, Brendan Rodgers’ side have yet to win a match since football came back.

After draws against Watford and Brighton, Chelsea beat the Fixes in the FA Cup on Sunday. Those results have left ESPN to conclude:

Make no mistake: Leicester are clinging on to their place in the top five, and their best hope of staying there may rest with the chasing pack running out of time to catch them.

Of course, a Leicester win at Everton in their next match could change perceptions.

In addition, if Jamie Vardy can rediscover his scoring touch – his next goal will lift him onto 100 Premier League career goals – the mood around Leicester may improve drastically.


Leicester remaining fixtures: Everton (a), C Palace (h), Arsenal (a), Bournemouth (h), Sheff Utd (h), Spurs (a), Man Utd (h).


Looking at the rest of ESPN’s forecasts, Tottenham are tipped to finish the league in 7th, one place above Arsenal in 8th. Meanwhile, sinking Sheffield United are expected to end the season in 9th.

Spurs fans may feel optimistic of their Champions League chances, however.

With Son Heung-min and Harry Kane both in the team, and with matches against Sheffield United, Everton and Bournemouth coming up, Tottenham have a great chance to significantly boost their Premier League points in the next fortnight.

 

Also see: Brighton vs Manchester United live streaming and betting tips.

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This article was edited by Benjamin Newman.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Liverpool FC 31 49 86
2 Manchester City 31 44 63
3 Leicester City 31 30 55
4 Chelsea FC 31 14 54
5 Wolverhampton Wanderers 32 11 52
6 Manchester United 31 17 49
7 Tottenham Hotspur 31 9 45
8 Burnley FC 32 -9 45
9 Sheffield United 31 -1 44
10 Arsenal FC 31 2 43
11 Crystal Palace 32 -9 42
12 Everton FC 31 -8 41
13 Southampton FC 32 -14 40
14 Newcastle United 31 -13 39
15 Brighton & Hove Albion 31 -7 33
16 Watford FC 32 -20 28
17 West Ham United 31 -19 27
18 AFC Bournemouth 31 -21 27
19 Aston Villa 32 -24 27
20 Norwich City 31 -31 21
Player Team Goals
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 19
Ings, Danny Southampton FC 18
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 17
Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick Arsenal FC 17
Aguero, Sergio Manchester City 16
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 15
Jimenez, Raul Wolverhampton Wanderers 15
Rashford, Marcus Manchester United 14
Martial, Anthony Manchester United 14
Abraham, Tammy Chelsea FC 13
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 13
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur 12
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 12
Pukki, Teemu Norwich City 11
Wood, Chris Burnley FC 11
De Bruyne, Kevin Manchester City 10
Jesus, Gabriel Manchester City 10
Richarlison Everton FC 10
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 9
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 9



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