With two Champions League slots guaranteed already to the best two Premiership teams by far in Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, the question remains as to which of the league's big hitters will occupy the other two places.

The competition for the final two places will be ferocious as the financial benefits of being in the Champions League are well-known with clubs standing to earn tens of millions for a successful run.

Teams desperate for a slice of the pie next season are Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal but two of those four are going to be disappointed in a few weeks time.

The situation at the top of the league is as close as it's been for years but with 3 or 4 games still to play, everything could change. So from the four in the chasing pack who could be heading for Champions League encounters in 2017/18?


Currently lying third with 69 points and three games to play. The team once dominated European football but have stuttered in recent years. Form in the league has also been erratic and vital points dropped against unexpected teams like Swansea, Burnley and Crystal Palace. However, home games against Southampton and a must win against Middlesbrough should see them earn 6 points. Slightly trickier is an away trip to West Ham sandwiched in between those.

Jurgen Klopp should be aiming to get at least 7 points from the run in and finish on 76.

Manchester City

With the brilliant Pep Guardiola at the helm City must have expected a walk in the park this season but it has been anything but. They have faltered and sit in fourth with 66 points. Injuries and inconsistency have been at the root of their problems and Guardiola has admitted that the season has been " a lesson" to him.

Their final four games see them against Palace, Leicester and an in-form West Brom at home, before facing Watford away for the final game. They should secure wins against Palace and Watford but after a recent wobble against lowly Middlesbrough on Sunday they seem to struggle against unusual teams and may well find points hard to come by against Tony Pulis' Baggies, who are notoriously hard to beat.

Two wins and two draws is likely to give them 8 points and finish on 74.

Manchester United

After a good start to the season, Man United faltered in September and October before embarking on their current unbeaten run which takes them to 5th place on 65 points. They are making hard work of their run-in and will be kicking themselves after dropping points against Swansea on Sunday which would have seen them in a Champions League slot. They have unenviable games against Arsenal and Tottenham away before rounding off with Southampton and Crystal Palace. They should aim to win their final two comfortably but probably only two points from the other two tough games giving them 8 points and finish on 73.

Another season outside the top four is practically unheard of for United, but this will be their third in a row and unless they win the Europa League they will be without European football next season.


Twenty years of Champions League Football look set to disappear as The Gunners head for their most disappointing season in two decades. They are currently in 6th on 60 points but have 5 games to play. Their remaining games are amongst the most difficult for the teams aiming for top four places and away stats which have seen them lose 5 out of six fixtures away from home. They play an unbeaten Man United at The Emirates then two tricky away ties against Southampton and Stoke City, a home must-win against already down Sunderland and finally Everton at home.

Arsenal have struggled this season to recapture their normal form and Wenger seems to have lost his touch with top players underperforming throughout. A draw at home against Man United and away to Southampton and Stoke will see them with a mountain to climb and they will probably finish on 69 points.

This season had thrown up more than its' fair share of surprise results and maybe there will be more to come in the coming weeks and the battles continue for the prize of Champions League football next season.