Mike Volitich – The Battle for The Top Four
Something which both my friend Mike Volitich and I have agreed on when it comes to this season’s Premier League is that the top 2 positions will be occupied by Liverpool and Manchester City, we have not as yet agreed on who will be where. What this means then is that there is a straight shoot out for who will occupy the other 2 Champions League spaces in the league and at this halfway stage of the season it seems as good a time as any to review how everyone is getting on.
Sours currently sit in third and they have made their 2nd best start to a Premier League season. Spurs will know in their heart of hearts that they don’t have a chance to win the title so they will be looking to cement 3rd place and put some distance between themselves and those chasing. Spurs haven’t been at their exciting best yet this year but with players now coming into full fitness like Son, Eriksen, Kane and Alli, they will certainly fancy their chances of nailing down a Champions League post once again.
Chelsea looked very good this season but after back to back losses against Spurs and Wolves, things have changed dramatically. Chelsea fought back from those poor results to be the only team to topple Man City this season, but there is a sense that they cannot deliver against the smaller sides. New manager Sarri is working hard to get his philosophy across to his players and that of course will take some time. With the talent that he has in the team however it would be a surprise if Chelsea don’t pip 3rd or 4th spot towards the end of the season.
Arsenal weren’t really expecting to be taking part in the conversation for who would finish in the top 4 but new manager Unai Emery has managed to transform this team quicker than anyone expected. There are still huge question marks about this Arsenal defence but going forward the Arsenal faithful will be more than happy with the fluid, exciting and pace style of the Gunner’s play. Arsenal are getting back to their very best from an attacking point of view and a huge win against rivals Spurs will have given even more belief to this outfit. When crunch time comes however that leaky defence could let the Gunners down, which I believe will see them missing out on Champions League football for another year, unless they win the Europa League, a speciality of Unai Emery.
At 8 points away from 4th spot you would think that Manchester United could almost be counted out of this conversation. With that being said stranger things have happened in football and with Jose Mourinho at the helm you really don’t know what you are going to get with this team. I expect United to make a charge towards the top 4 but come March we may see their hopes start two slide.
For me the top 4 is Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Spurs, what do you think will happen?