The race to the finish line at the end of another action-packed Premier League campaign is just around the corner.

Now that the title is virtually sealed and two of the three relegation places have been decided, the fight for the top 4 will attract most of the attention in the next few weeks.

At the time of writing, Manchester City is in the lead with 80 points, city rivals Manchester United in second place with 70 points, Chelsea in third place with 64 points and Leicester in last place – four berth with 63 points.

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However, West Ham United, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are still alive and kicking the race to reach the top-4 before the season ends, which means there will likely be a more twist or two more twists and turns before crossing the finish line.

For Chelsea, it was their priority to get a top four result until their 2-1 win against Manchester City at Etihad Stadium on Saturday. But considering how well they are doing right now, they will appreciate their chances of putting together a late run to finish second on the standings.

However, Manchester United will have a big say as they have four more games to go, unlike Chelsea and Leicester, as opposed to the Blues and Foxes’ three games.

United’s first of four remaining games is tomorrow night at Old Trafford, where Leicester will host a potentially crucial competition.

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If you look beyond that, there are bound to be more twists and turns in the story. Nonetheless, Football.London has taken a close look at the remaining games of the runners and drivers compared to United in the race for the top 4 place.

Man United fixtures:

May 11: Leicester City (H)

May 13: Liverpool (H)

May 18: Fulham (H)

May 23: Wolverhampton Wanderers (A)

With four games remaining, United are in second place on the table, though they still have a chance to catch City if Pep Guardiola’s side wobbles. Overall, United would be expected to stay in second place, but the clashes with Leicester and Liverpool are more than just themselves. Both the Foxes and the Reds are keen to join them in the top four.

Chelsea’s fixtures:

May 12: Arsenal (H)

May 18: Leicester City (H)

May 23: Aston Villa (A)

Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel is expected to lead the Blues to a top four result. (Image: Matthew Ashton – AMA / Getty Images).

Chelsea have less play in the league than United, but they still have the same number of games in all competitions, both the FA Cup and the Champions League. But given how well the blues are playing right now, you’d be ruling them out to get into the top four, whether it’s second, third, or fourth.

Leicester’s fixtures:

May 11: Manchester United (A)

May 18: Chelsea (A)

May 23: Tottenham Hotspur (H)

Just like last season, Leicester has a sticky stain at its worst. After the 2-4 defeat against Newcastle United on Friday evening, the Foxes are now two games without a win. With the last three games against United, Chelsea and Spurs, it could be nerve-wracking. You could count on others to stall behind you.

West Ham’s fixtures:

May 15: Brighton & Hove Albion (A)

May 19: West Bromwich Albion (A)

May 23: Southampton (H)

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After Leicester slipped at home in Newcastle on Friday night, West Ham missed the opportunity to narrow the gap on Brendan Rodger’s side to just two points. The Hammers were beaten 1-0 by Everton in London on Sunday afternoon, meaning they are now facing a battle for the top four. The Hammers’ three remaining games could prove to be auspicious, however.

Liverpool’s fixtures:

May 13: Manchester United (A)

May 16: West Bromwich Albion (A)

May 19: Burnley (A)

May 23: Crystal Palace (H)

In contrast to their direct rivals in the battle for the top four, Liverpool have one game in hand, namely the trip to Old Trafford on Thursday evening to face Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Red Devils. Should Liverpool emerge from this game on all three points, they would be on par with Leicester if they won their trip to West Bromwich Albion and Leicester lost to United on Tuesday.

The Füchse’s involvement in the FA Cup final this weekend means a loss to United on Tuesday could open the door for Liverpool to seize a chance, but Jurgen Klopp’s side would have to win both games.

Tottenham’s fixtures:

May 16: Wolverhampton Wanderers (H)

May 19: Aston Villa (H)

Ryan Mason faces an almost impossible task. (Image: Michael Regan / Getty Images).

May 23: Leicester City (A)

Still mathematically in the running, Tottenham still have a chance to secure a top 4 result, but they would have to win their games and hope that other results are achieved for them. But after Saturday’s 3-1 loss to Leeds United, they are unlikely to attack late, although Leicester’s clash on the final day could prove interesting if things went that way beforehand.


While nothing is guaranteed in football, it is very likely that City will get the Premier League title back after a late disaster and exclude them from that equation.

Given that United have four games left, despite two of them against Leicester and Liverpool, one would expect them to finish second, especially given their last two games against Fulham and Wolves.

As for Chelsea, it’s hard to see they’re falling out of the top 4 with the form they’re in. Two of their last three games are at home, but it is likely that Tuchel will turn his pack with two cup finals coming up. Even so, they should have enough to withstand the chase.

On paper, it is Leicester that has the most difficult tasks ahead of three clubs that are still struggling. Considering they have to travel to both Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge, they could be the biggest losers in this end-of-season shootout.

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You’d say West Ham has the easiest pairings, if anything like that in the Premier League. If they get back on track after their loss to Everton and hope Leicester stall, they are in pole position to pounce.

Liverpool have four games left that you would expect three to win. The trip to Old Trafford, however, could be enlightening.

Spurs are the underdogs in this race and are currently seven points behind Leicester. That means they have to win all the remaining games, hoping Leicester will slip and everyone else above them, which means their Champions League dreams are already over.