Why Chelsea & Wolves are more likely to finish in the top 4 than Man United

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Which Premier League clubs will qualify for the 2020-21 Champions League?

With the end of the 2019-20 Premier League season just a month away, ESPN have cast their eye on which clubs are likely to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

Of course, Liverpool are already in it.

The 2018-19 Champions League winners have booked their spot in the competition after winning this year’s Premier League title.

Will Man City be in it too? Currently no, as the Sky Blues have been hit with a 2-year ban by UEFA.

Man City are hoping to overturn that decision as they await the verdict from their appeal in the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Working on the assumption that Man City don’t win their appeal, 5th place in the league will qualify for the Champions League.

Cutting to the chase, ESPN believe that Chelsea will finish 3rd, Wolves will finish 4th, while Man United will end up in 5th.

 

The Premier League table as it stands

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1Liverpool FC34302275264992
2Manchester City34223986345269
3Chelsea FC341861063461760
4Leicester City34178964323259
5Manchester United331510856332355
6Wolverhampton Wanderers34131384537852
7Sheffield United34131293533251
8Arsenal FC34121485042850
9Burnley FC34147133846-849
10Tottenham Hotspur33139115244848
11Everton FC33128134048-844
12Southampton FC33134164255-1343
13Newcastle United341110133550-1543
14Crystal Palace34119143043-1342
15Brighton & Hove Albion34812143647-1136
16West Ham United3487194059-1931
17Watford FC34710173153-2231
18Aston Villa3376203662-2627
19AFC Bournemouth3376203259-2727
20Norwich City3456232663-3721
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LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 09: Frank Lampard, Manager of Chelsea gives his team instructions during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on November 09, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Why Chelsea & Wolves are likely to finish in the top 4

Chelsea have been perfect since football restarted.

In three matches so far, Frank Lampard’s side have beaten Aston Villa 2-1, Man City 2-1 and Leicester 1-0.

The Blues are now on a 5-game winning run, while ESPN’s Mark Odgen believes that run is likely to continue:

On current form, they should expect to bank maximum points from their next five games, but the crunch will come in their final two.

They may need to beat champions Liverpool at Anfield to ensure that their final-day clash at home to Wolves does not become a Champions League decider.

For the record, the bookies have Chelsea at 1/4 to finish in the top 4.


Chelsea remaining fixtures: West Ham (a), Watford (h), C Palace (a), Sheff Utd (a), Norwich (h), Liverpool (a), Wolves (h).


MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 06: Nuno Espirito Santo the head coach / manager of Wolverhampton Wanderers celebrates at full time during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Etihad Stadium on October 6, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Sam Bagnall – AMA/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Wolves have also picked up three wins in a row since football started up again.

Wolves beat West Ham 2-0, Bournemouth 1-0 and Aston Villa 1-0.

While ESPN predict that Wolves will finish 4th, it’s noted that the crunch match will be this weekend against Arsenal:

Saturday’s clash with Arsenal at Molineux is a major test for both teams — the Gunners need to win to keep their Europa League hopes alive; Wolves need to keep their winning run going — and three points against Mikel Arteta’s men will give Wolves the belief that they can finish as high as third.

Wolves are 4/1 to finish in the top 4 according to the bookies.


Wolves remaining fixtures: Arsenal (h), Sheff Utd (a), Everton (h), Burnley (a), C Palace (h), Chelsea (a).


 

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 10: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Interim Manager of Manchester United acknowledges the fans following the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Manchester United at Emirates Stadium on March 10, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Manchester United predicted to finish 5th

Manchester United are on a 14-game unbeaten run. Moreover, the Red Devils are still in the FA Cup plus the Europa League.

However, ESPN aren’t convinced that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will finish in the top 4, even though 5th could be enough for a Champions League spot.

Why? Because ESPN argue that Man United have been too erratic in 2019-20:

Inconsistency has been United’s problem all season, though, and any dropped points against strugglers or mid-table teams in the coming games could derail their charge for the top five, especially with Chelsea and Wolves in such impressive form.

Man United are 5/4 to finish in the top 4.


Man United remaining fixtures: Brighton (a), Bournemouth (h), Aston Villa (a), Southampton (h), C Palace (a), West Ham (h), Leicester (a).


 

Leicester, Tottenham & Arsenal

If ESPN’s predictions prove accurate Leicester are set to be the big losers.

Leicester are currently third in the Premier League. However, Brendan Rodgers’ side have yet to win a match since football came back.

After draws against Watford and Brighton, Chelsea beat the Fixes in the FA Cup on Sunday. Those results have left ESPN to conclude:

Make no mistake: Leicester are clinging on to their place in the top five, and their best hope of staying there may rest with the chasing pack running out of time to catch them.

Of course, a Leicester win at Everton in their next match could change perceptions.

In addition, if Jamie Vardy can rediscover his scoring touch – his next goal will lift him onto 100 Premier League career goals – the mood around Leicester may improve drastically.


Leicester remaining fixtures: Everton (a), C Palace (h), Arsenal (a), Bournemouth (h), Sheff Utd (h), Spurs (a), Man Utd (h).


Looking at the rest of ESPN’s forecasts, Tottenham are tipped to finish the league in 7th, one place above Arsenal in 8th. Meanwhile, sinking Sheffield United are expected to end the season in 9th.

Spurs fans may feel optimistic of their Champions League chances, however.

With Son Heung-min and Harry Kane both in the team, and with matches against Sheffield United, Everton and Bournemouth coming up, Tottenham have a great chance to significantly boost their Premier League points in the next fortnight.

 

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This article was edited by Benjamin Newman.

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#TeamMPDP
1Liverpool FC344992
2Manchester City345269
3Chelsea FC341760
4Leicester City343259
5Manchester United332355
6Wolverhampton Wanderers34852
7Sheffield United34251
8Arsenal FC34850
9Burnley FC34-849
10Tottenham Hotspur33848
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12Southampton FC33-1343
13Newcastle United34-1543
14Crystal Palace34-1342
15Brighton & Hove Albion34-1136
16West Ham United34-1931
17Watford FC34-2231
18Aston Villa33-2627
19AFC Bournemouth33-2727
20Norwich City34-3721
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PlayerTeamGoals
Vardy, JamieLeicester City22
Aubameyang, Pierre-EmerickArsenal FC20
Salah, MohamedLiverpool FC19
Ings, DannySouthampton FC19
Mane, SadioLiverpool FC16
Aguero, SergioManchester City16
Jimenez, RaulWolverhampton Wanderers15
Rashford, MarcusManchester United15
Martial, AnthonyManchester United15
Abraham, TammyChelsea FC14
Sterling, RaheemManchester City14
Kane, HarryTottenham Hotspur13
Calvert-Lewin, DominicEverton FC13
RicharlisonEverton FC12
De Bruyne, KevinManchester City11
Jesus, GabrielManchester City11
Pukki, TeemuNorwich City11
Wood, ChrisBurnley FC11
Mahrez, RiyadManchester City10
Son, Heung MinTottenham Hotspur9