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Race For Top 4: The Remaining Fixtures & End of Season Prediction

As Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs gear up for that final push, we take a look at what their remaining fixtures are and make our prediction on how they will finish

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Separated by 4 points, three of London’s biggest clubs head into the run-in aspiring to play in Europe’s premier competition next season.

As Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs gear up for that final push, we take a look at what their remaining fixtures are from tonight until the end of the Barclays Premier League season, and we also make our prediction on how the trio will finish.

Arsenal:

  • Everton A
  • Villa H
  • QPR A
  • Man City H
  • Wolves A
  • Wigan H
  • Chelsea H
  • Stoke A
  • Norwich H
  • West Brom A

Half of the games are on the road, while the rest are of course at the Grove. The average current league position of Arsenal’s upcoming opponents is 12.8.

Away trips to Everton and Stoke might be the games that decide Arsenal’s fate, alongside the massive games against City and Chelsea in April. The run-in doesn’t look scary to be fair, but has sufficient potential for the odd blip. West Brom away on the final day isn’t ideal either.

The positive momentum derived from 4 consecutive comeback wins should help the Gunners in their quest.

Chelsea:

  • Man City A
  • Spurs H
  • Villa A
  • Wigan H
  • Fulham A
  • Newcastle H
  • Arsenal A
  • QPR H
  • Liverpool A
  • Blackburn H

The average current league position of Chelsea’s upcoming opponents is 10.1. Five games are away from home, while five are in west London at Stamford Bridge.

Easily the toughest run-in of the three, Chelsea would have a fair idea of their destiny by the weekend, after they face Manchester City and Spurs in a matter of 4 days, and anything less than 4 points from the two games might turn out to be irreparable in their fight for a top-four finish.

Add to that their European and FA Cup commitments, the Blues have an uphill task to break into the top 4. Having said that, Di Matteo’s men seem to have turned the corner with an odds-defying win over Napoli and then qualifying for the FA Cup semis after defeating Leicester City on Saturday.

Tottenham Hotspur:

  • Stoke H
  • Chelsea A
  • Swansea H
  • Sunderland A
  • Norwich H
  • Bolton A
  • QPR A
  • Blackburn H
  • Villa A
  • Fulham H

‘Arry Redknapp’s team appear to have the easiest run-in. Their opponents have an average current league position of 12.6, which is slightly less than Arsenal’s average. But with five away and five home games for the lily-whites, and facing 7 of the bottom 10 in the run-in, Spurs surely have the easiest looking fixture list, on paper at least.

Few would argue that away games at relegation-threatened clubs could be extremely uncomfortable during the closing weeks of the season. Add to that their untimely dip in form, and the momentum suddenly feels completely against Spurs. Despite this, Tottenham should get a minimum of 21 points from their remaining fixtures, which should be enough to see them secure a top-four place.

VERDICT:

It’s squeaky bum-time and it’s a matter of who blinks first. Momentum becomes a huge factor at this stage of the season, and that is where I think Arsenal have the edge. They are hitting form at the right time and have won their last five games, whereas Tottenham have lost their last three.

It comes down to fine margins and you wouldn’t bet against an RVP-led Arsenal to pip their rivals for third. Spurs have the easier fixtures though and that could be the deciding factor between them and Chelsea.

The final positions at the end of the season, in my opinion:

  • Arsenal- 3rd
  • Tottenham- 4th
  • Chelsea- 5th

That’s my prediction, how do you think the trio will end up? Get involved in the comments section….

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19 Comments

19 Comments

  1. gwc

    March 21, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    This should have been called aa arsenals fans view on the top 4

  2. gwc

    March 21, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    This should have been called an arsenals fans view on the top 4

  3. Vek

    March 21, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    Like to see this happen! RVP injury free is a big part and with the hams on an easier run i still hope for 4th at least. Torres started scoring to, so although late its problematic!!

  4. T2T

    March 21, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    The Independent had a similar piece yesterday I think it was where they predicted the outcome of each of the matches. Their prediction was Arsenal 75p, Tottenham 72p and Chelsea 66p. This included a loss today at Goodison Park.

  5. mujara

    March 21, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    true position at the end of the log is
    Arsenal 2nd
    Man city 3rd
    chealse 4th

    • Timmy

      March 21, 2012 at 6:50 pm

      That’s the spirit man. Will never wish those senseless spenders above us for anything.

  6. Umar dalhat

    March 21, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Arsenal will finish 3rd, spurs 4th and

  7. mystic

    March 21, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    I was the butt of many jokes when Arsenal were still 10pts behind sp*rs and I maintained the Gunners would finish the end of the season above them. Prediction Arsenal 3rd, Chavs 4th, sp*rs 5th. By the way I also think Nasri will the Silverware he deserves at the season – NONE (god, I am actually cheering on Utd for the title!)

  8. Richard

    March 21, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    All three teams could equally win all their remaining games therefore Spurs vs Chelsea And Arsenal vs Chelsea are the key games. I’d back Arsenal the form they are in, however pressure is not their friend, in the past they have been found out when expected to win.

  9. Onyeka

    March 21, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Who says Arsenal would finish above Chelsea?.This has been the most silly verdict I’ve seen or heard this year. Spurs are a good side who are passing through difficult times,but they are gonna be finishing 5th.Though it can be argued that the remaining matches faced them aren’t so tough,but,no match is either simple or tough as the season draws to an end. Mind you they still have the relegation threatened sides to face. Hence,my prediction goes thus;Chelsea 3rd,Arsenal 4th n Spurs for 5th. Thank u.

    • Tom

      March 22, 2012 at 11:29 am

      Funny that. Chelsea have no bottle this season. Spurs if they can bounce back will have a good run in. Saturday will decide who wants it more from Chelsea and Spuds. As to if they can maintain that form, Id have to say Chelsea have a better track record to Spurs. Arsenal still aren’t clear and dry tho, a loss against man City and Chelsea could open it right up again. Wilshire needs to get fit!

  10. andre

    March 21, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    this is such an interesting ending of the season but if all goes right tonight Arsenal will be 1 or 2 points in front of Spurs and only 11 behind Man City. the reason i say only is because we still have to face them at the Emirates. i have always kept the faith and i can see us in 2nd and if not 3 or 4 points behind city. and i have to ask if we do finish a couple points behind city, who has had a better season?? we lost two of our top players in the summer, brought in 6 players, had extreme injury stumped season and yet we go further in the CL and a couple points behind a team like city…. i know im reading into the future but it would be interesting

  11. Mulundu P

    March 21, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Arsenal-80%,Chelsea-75%,Spurs-70%

  12. Olusegun

    March 21, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Chelsea will grab the 3rd spot, arsenal 4th & spur 5th place

  13. chujor cornel

    March 21, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    Man Utd 1st, Man City 2nd, Arsenal 3rd,Chelsea 4th

  14. ajiri

    March 22, 2012 at 9:08 am

    arsenal is good for 3rd position,chelsea ll finish 4th then spurs 5th

  15. Tom

    March 22, 2012 at 11:30 am

    Funny that. Chelsea have no bottle this season. Spurs if they can bounce back will have a good run in. Saturday will decide who wants it more from Chelsea and Spuds. As to if they can maintain that form, Id have to say Chelsea have a better track record to Spurs. Arsenal still aren’t clear and dry tho, a loss against man City and Chelsea could open it right up again. Wilshire needs to get fit!

  16. Mattuso

    March 27, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Man Utd 1st
    Man City 2nd
    Arsenal 3rd
    Newcastle 4th

  17. Don

    May 5, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    typical stupid cockney predictions
    NUFC in Cisse is the real-deal

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