By Teo Icliyurek
The Premier League is in constant motion and this doesn’t only refer to the players running around but the busy, hotel elevator-esque changes in the league table. Apart from the mainly entrenched top two of Chelsea and Manchester City, there is a desperate race for the positions remaining for European competitions. This is what the top six teams will look like at the end of the season.
The blues will remain atop. Having played a game less than the Cityzens, they currently sit five points ahead of them. Despite a recent draw at home against Burnley, they are still in charge of the league. Diego Costa’s goal record of 17 further emphasizes their dominance.
- Manchester City
City are the closest to Chelsea by a comfortable margin. They seem unlikely to steal the title from Chelsea, especially after a 2-1 loss at Anfield over the weekend in which their vulnerabilities were exposed. Nevertheless, they still have incredible quality in the likes of David Silva, Sergio Aguero (who is top scorer at 17), and Samir Nasri. They won’t give up their second place spot easily.
Arsenal currently sit 3rd in the table having recently moved up for the first time in a while. Their incredible form in the second half of the season has seen them comfortably beating the likes of Manchester City (another reason City won’t take Chelsea’s throne) and Everton. Alexis Sanchez’ great form, with 12 goals and 7 assists in 24 appearances should be enough to fuel the Gunners into third.
Liverpool are a bit of puzzler. Their incredibly poor start to the season sees them fighting their way up into Champions League spot, and gives the impression that they don’t have the strength of a top four team. Nevertheless, they have embarked on an incredible 11 game unbeaten run since their 3-0 defeat at Old Trafford earlier in the season, including their most recent 2-1 victory over City. They may be fifth now, but they will be able to make it in the top four.
- Manchester United
Against Sunderland, over the weekend, United were absolutely horrendous. Despite the 2-0 scoreline in favor, it was only via a Wayne Rooney penalty that got Louis Van Gaal’s side the three points. There was no chemistry between the players, and a plethora of mistakes led to some good opportunities that a team better than struggling Sunderland would have been able to capitalize on. This kind of downhill form sees them fizzling out of the top four in the power rankings.
Ronald Koeman’s side will finish ahead of the Spurs due to their their stability throughout the season. Graziano Pelle’s goal drought will see them drop from the top 5 but with goals coming recently from Sadio Mane, the Southerners’ discipline will lead to a 6th place finish.