Definitely, the end of EPL will be interesting. This is because it is not a season for the Cinderella story. The case is different this year and no surprises like last year’s Their performance in the Champions league were awesome; reaching the quarterfinals. It was great performance since giants such as Manchester City and Arsenal failed to make any mark. Representing the blue side of London, Chelsea has been on top of the table since October last year. No one can bet against them to win the league this season.
With the winner almost certain, focus on the remaining matches shifts to those who will make it in the top four. The prize to finish in the top four is playing in the elite championship in Europe next season. Already Chelsea and Tottenham are sure of clinching two positions. Four teams have to battle it out for the two remaining slots. The arrival of Antonio Conte revitalized the rugged Chelsea. The new coach cam with new systems and formations. Discipline was missing during Jose Mourinho’s fateful last season at Stamford Bridge. After losing to Arsenal in the first leg, things changed at Chelsea.
Tottenham season has many features such as fast-paced football, ability to score many goals and use of counter attacks. So far, they are sure of Champions League football. Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal have t sharpen their tools to secure the two slots. They retain equal weights to get the two slots. Sixth and Europa football is gone with Everton.
Comparatively, the route for Liverpool to navigate is easy. They have three matches to go and are favorable games. The only threat is that competitors have games in hand. A third last is a guarantee for Manchester City if they win the last two games in hand and the other three. Wins in their remaining matches will assure them of the third spot.
Manchester United has the biggest hurdle to skip. It is at crossroads. They have secured their spot in the Europa League Final. A win in Stockholm guarantees Champions League Football. The team wants this. It is also the shortest path for the team. With Tottenham one of the opponents to face, Jose Mourinho is likely to prioritize the Europa League trophy.
Arsenal’s case is laughable. Wenger has been there and has seen it all in EPL. It is difficult to understand why newcomers such as Conte come and dominate him. Arsene Wenger beat Mourinho in a competitive match for the first time. Wenger has never failed to qualify for Champions since joining Arsenal. For the first time in the history of EPL, the top four finish is more challenging.