With just seven games to go, things are hotting up at the top and bottom of the Premier League. Here are my views on what will happen in the climax to the season, and why.
The Top Of The Table
1. Manchester United 2. Manchester City 3. Tottenham 4. Arsenal
Who will the title?
With a lead of 5pts at the top of the table it has to be Manchester United. Manchester City may have the better players and great strength in depth but, when it comes to the crucial business of a title run-in, United have been there, seen it and done it many times before. Since, the turn of the year, City haven’t performed their best and have struggled at times but on the other hand United have just got better and better by each game. The momentum they have at the moment means that by the time they go to the Etihad Stadium on 30 April, United could be well clear.
What is the runner-up lacking?
Man City have lacked the mental strength to get over the line and, recently, their away performances have been poor. Losing Yaya Toure for the Africa Cup of Nations for a month from the middle of January was a huge blow and, since then, I think too many of their players have gone off the boil at the wrong time of the season. Look at City’s squad. There are not too many players there who have won major league titles. Not having the mentality of getting over the line will hurt City this year.
Who else will finish in the top four?
I expect Tottenham and Arsenal going on a really good run between now and the end of the season. Tottenham have easiest fixtures compared to Arsenal (who play City & Chelsea), so I think they may well pip Arsenal to third. Chelsea will finish fifth.
The Bottom of the Table
18. Wigan 19. QPR 20. Wolves
Who is going down?
Since the sacking of Mick McCarthy, Wolves have gone in only one direction and that’s down. They are surely going down. QPR have the hardest run-in out of the clubs down there, will join Wolves in the Championship next season. Blackburn & Bolton will just do enough to stay up and that will result in Wigan going down.
What will keep the other teams up?
Blackburn have some good goal-scorers in Yakubu and Junior Hoilett and they will keep the Rovers up. Fabrice Muamba’s recovery will inspire Bolton because it will give them a boost and they will want to stay up for him as much as for themselves.
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