Liverpool’s record-breaking Premier League campaign has left hopes of a title race in the gutter, but there’s a fascinating battle developing in behind as the race for the top four hots up.
Champions League football, of course, is the prize up for grabs. It’s a carrot that is becoming increasingly important for clubs in terms of their financial goals and ability to attract the best players from around the world. It’s the most lucrative chase in football.
The top two, Liverpool and Manchester City, looked nailed on to finish there, so that leaves seven teams jostling for position in behind with just six points separating Chelsea in fourth and Wolves in ninth.
Leicester City and Chelsea are odds-on to join Liverpool and City, but it’s been a season of strange results so there is still big hope for Manchester United, Tottenham, Sheffield United, Wolves and Everton to stage a late-season rally.
Top four teams in the PL qualify for CL group stage. Fifth-placed team and FA Cup winners qualify for EL group stage; Carabao Cup winners qualify for second qualifying round. If FA Cup winners finish in PL top five, their EL group stage place goes to next-highest ranked team not yet qualified. If the EFL Cup winners finish in PL top five, the top five (or top six if FA Cup winners in top five), EL second qualifying round place goes to the next-highest ranked team not yet qualified. 3. Leicester City (49 points from 25 games)
Sky Bet odds to make top four: 1/12
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