Well at last the Premier League is back on our screens and after a couple of very strange months we can once again start to debate all of the whys and wherefores of every game that takes place. My buddy Mark Swaim and I have been getting stuck into the debates since the first kick of last week’s game between Sheffield United and Aston Villa , and the main topic of those debates has been which team will finish in the top 5, or more t the point which teams will finish in positions 4 and 5. We’re going to assume that Leicester have 3rd place wrapped up and it would certainly appear that Man City are not going to be in the CL next year, so the shootout is definitely on.
Out of The Picture
Sadly for Spurs and Arsenal fans this looks like just too big a points total to make up, and given their form of late both of those teams look to be well out of the running. Whether or not either team will want the Europa League next year remains to be seen, it does appear that big clubs would much rather avoid having to play on a Thursday night in some random European city.
Wolves and Sheffield United
It is tough to split United and Chelsea at the moment and they are both going to make a play for those positions, and so too will Wolves and Sheffield United. Now Sheffield United have been extremely impressive this year and defensively they have been playing some of the best football that the league has seen. As good as Sheffield United have been however, there are big question marks over their attacking threat and since the lockdown they have looked poor. Wolves are the team who have the best chance of pipping the others to that 5th spot, which would be a remarkable achievement for them.
Manchester United and Chelsea
Neither of these two had high hopes for the season, Chelsea with their transfer ban and United with an uncertain manager and issues around morale, but they have both been absolutely remarkable so far and they will surely be battling it out until the end of the season to see who is victorious. Chelsea have looked a little wasteful at times this season and whilst they are sing pretty in 4th spot, they will have to be up to the task if they are going to withstand the pressure coming from behind them. Manchester United have it all to play for and whilst they are looking like a much better side than Chelsea at the minute, they have the far tougher run in. If I was a gambling man it would be on Chelsea where I would put my money, as they look to have come back from the lockdown a far fresher and hungrier outfit.
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