Still plenty to play for as Premier League heads for final few weeks

Still plenty to play for as Premier League heads for final few weeks

There are still numerous issues to be decided in the Premier League with just under a month of the season remaining.

Manchester City’s title success leaves four clubs battling for the remaining three Champions League qualifying places, although one of those will need a collapse by one of the teams above them if they are to force their way in.

Manchester United are currently second in the table, four points ahead of Liverpool with four games to play.

The Red Devils have a favourable run-in, with their home game against Arsenal on April 29 their most difficult looking fixture.

United follow up the match against the Gunners with trips to face Brighton & Hove Albion and West Ham United, before meeting Watford at Old Trafford on the final day of the season. Barring a miracle Jose Mourinho’s side will finish in the top four.

Third-placed Liverpool should join City and United in next season’s Champions League. Their visit to Chelsea on May 6 will be one of the hottest football tickets in town and will undoubtedly be their toughest test.

However, games against West Bromwich Albion (A), Stoke City (H) and Brighton (H) should yield enough points to see the Reds finish in the top four.

Tottenham Hotspur are probably casting a nervous eye over their shoulder in fourth place, despite holding an eight-point lead over Chelsea.

Fixtures against Watford (H), West Brom (A), Newcastle (H) and Leicester City (H) don’t look difficult on paper, but Spurs have played a game more than Chelsea and a slip-up could see that gap diminish quickly.

Aside from their home game against Liverpool, the Blues are still to play Burnley (A), Swansea City (A), Huddersfield Town (H) and Newcastle (A).

Antonio Conte’s side would need to win all five of those to have any chance of finishing in the top four, but Spurs should bag enough points to keep them at bay.

The scrap to avoid relegation is also intensifying, with at least eight clubs facing the prospect of playing Championship football next season.

Brighton’s point at home to Spurs on Tuesday could prove to be crucial, although the Seagulls must still face Burnley (A), United (H), City (A) and Liverpool (A).

West Ham’s run-in also looks difficult, with three of their remaining five games against top six sides, but one more win should see them safe.

Huddersfield’s home game against Everton on April 28 could be crucial to their survival hopes, particularly with trips to City and Chelsea and a home game against Arsenal to follow.

Crystal Palace are six points above the drop zone having looked doomed earlier in the season. With a home game against bottom-of-the-table West Brom on the final day of the season, the Eagles should be safe.

Swansea’s destiny is very much in their own hands, with fellow strugglers Southampton and Stoke City still to visit the Liberty Stadium.

Neither of those two sides have looked capable of bridging the current five-point gap to safety and they are favourites to join West Brom in the Championship next season.