Who’s got a top four finish in the bag? Insight into recent form of contenders

first_img 7 7 There’s only three weeks to go until the 2016/17 Premier League season comes to a close.While Sunderland’s drop to the Championship has already been confirmed, we’re still a few results away from getting a solid picture of positions at the other end of the table.In makes perfect sense, then, to take a look at the recent form and the remaining games of the clubs competing for a place in the top four…1. ChelseaThe Blues need three wins from their remaining four games to secure the title, with Spurs, currently four points behind, their major rivals for the trophy. There have been defeats to Manchester United, Tottenham and Crystal Palace in their last 10 games, but they’ve afforded themselves a few errors along the way and should get away with those results.Form in last 10 games: DWWWLWWLWWRemaining league games: Middlesbrough (H), West Brom (A), Watford (H), Sunderland (H)2. Tottenham HotspurThe Spurs players will be kicking themselves for drawing so many games between October and November, knowing they could be much closer to Chelsea. Their form since defeat to Liverpool mid-February has been faultless. The title is in Chelsea’s hands, but Tottenham continue to keep the pressure on and could close the gap to one point on Friday night with a win over West Ham United.Form in last 10 games: LWWWWWWWWWRemaining league games: West Ham (A), Manchester United (H), Leicester City (A), Hull City (A)3. LiverpoolBefore the turn of the year, Liverpool were being spoken of as real contenders for the title. Such talk, now, is no more. Their form has been inconsistent, with points too often dropped against teams they should be comfortably beating. With a game in hand over their top four rivals (two in the case of Arsenal), they can’t afford any slip-ups over the next three weeks.Form in last 10 games: LWWDWDWWLWRemaining league games: Southampton (H), West Ham (A), Middlesbrough (H)4. Manchester CityWhere to start with City? Pep Guardiola hasn’t found the winning formula yet and will be looking to next season to make his mark in Manchester. For now though, his focus is on a top four finish. A season without Champions League football would be unthinkable and Manchester United are closing in. They could be made to suffer for draws with Middlesbrough and Stoke.Form in last 10 games: WWDDDLWWDDRemaining league games: Crystal Palace (H), Leicester City (H), West Brom (H), Watford (A)5. Manchester UnitedLast weekend’s 1-1 draw with Swansea City saw United set a new unbeaten record in a single season, with it now 25 games since the defeat to Chelsea in October. The Red Devils may have failed to break into the top four during this time, but there is now only one point separating themselves and neighbours City. Form in last 10 games: WDWDDWWWDDRemaining league games: Arsenal (A), Tottenham (A), Southampton (A), Crystal Palace (H)6. ArsenalThe Gunners deserve no better than to be positioned sixth. They’ve delivered a number of miserable performances this calendar year, coinciding with the furore surrounding the future of Arsene Wenger. Defeats in their last 10 games include West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace. Only a collapse of their rivals would see them return to the top four.Form in last 10 games: LWLLDWLWWLRemaining league games: Manchester United (H), Southampton (A), Stoke City (A), Sunderland (H), Everton (H) 3 = Manchester United have won 20 points from their last 10 games 7 7 7 7 3 = Liverpool have won 20 points from their last 10 games 6. Arsenal have won 13 points from their last 10 games – click the arrow above, right, to see find out who is the in-form Premier League team from the top six 2. Chelsea have won 22 points from their last 10 games 5. Manchester City have won 17 points from their last 10 games 1. Tottenham Hotspur are the Premier League’s in-form team, having won 27 points from their last 10 gameslast_img

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