The race to secure Champions League football is extremely tight, with as many as eight clubs harbouring hopes of pushing into the top-four by the end of the campaign.
With Liverpool and Manchester City looking certain to secure their spot in Europe’s elite competition once again, there are two positions up for grabs – and the rest of the top ten are in the hunt.
Leicester City currently hold a significant margin over the rest of the chasing back and should secure their spot, although there is still work to do, but beneath them it is extremely tight.
Entering the business end of the season, there isn’t much room for slips and each match has something riding on it but there will still be some games that, on paper at least, will be considered to be easier than others.
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But who has the better run in? We’ve taken a look at the fixtures for all the eight clubs chasing Champions League football, added up the positions of each of their opponents and divided it by the number of clubs in the Premier League to give us an average position of each side’s remaining matches.
Using that formula, it’s great news for Leicester City as their remaining opponents this season have an average position of 7.45 – with Wolves and Arsenal also having a decent chance of pushing into the midst, with Manchester United just behind.
In the opposite end, Everton, who were outsiders anyway, have the hardest remaining fixtures with an average position of 5.6 and there’s also bad news for Tottenham in that regard.
For Chelsea and Sheffield United, their remaining opponents are of a decent level and a solid run of form will need to be secured if they are to secure a top-four finish, especially if those behind them go on a decent run of form.
You can see the average position of the opponents for the eight clubs…