Premier League 2017/18: Predicting the top 6 finish
After a 2-week international break, Premier League action returns this weekend, for the final chapter of the league season. There are fierce battles going on at both ends of the table, with European places and survival verdicts being handed out with the passing of every match and every result.
Manchester City have asserted an unparalleled dominance on the league table this season, and should ideally wrap up the league title within the next fortnight. With 8 games to go, they enjoy a 16-point cushion at the top, which means they could be officially crowned champions by defeating Manchester United in the Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium on 7 April.
While they have guaranteed their Champions League qualification for next season, the other clubs in the ‘big six’ are still in the running for the three available Champions League spots. The league title might have been an easy ride, but the season is sure to have an emotional end come 13 May.
Would the current top four comprising of the two Manchester clubs, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur still hold their places in the final league standings? Would the defending champions miss out on Champions League football for the second time in three years? We take a look at the upcoming fixtures for the Premier League’s big six and predict their end-of-season finish.
#1 Manchester City
Current Position: 1
Upcoming Fixtures: Everton (away), Man Utd (home), Spurs (away), Swansea (home), West Ham (away), Huddersfield (home), Brighton (home), Southampton (away)
As has been said by pundits worldwide, Pep Guardiola has transformed Manchester City to an entirely different level, and unless something extremely dramatic happens, they will be crowned champions and will lift the trophy at the Etihad Stadium in the penultimate gameweek of the season.
The gulf in class has been clearly evident this year, and they now must be dreaming about bigger targets as they also prepare themselves for a quarter-final showdown with domestic rivals Liverpool.
With 8 games to go and a maximum of 24 points available for the taking, the elusive 100-point mark is still a possibility for Guardiola’s side. While a century of points would be an extraordinary feat, they are only 15 points away from breaking Chelsea’s record of 95 points, which would etch them in the history books.
With an Invincible season already out of sight thanks to the defeat against Liverpool, this is something they would want to be accomplished. Rotation might play a key role, but with a squad as strong as City’s, this should be a cakewalk considering the season that they have had.
Predicted Points: 101