The Premier League is almost over for the 2020/21 season but not before the competition heats up one last time.
One of the best parts of the league is the battle for a top four finish, to finish in the all-important Champions League positions.
Every club want to be in the Champions League but not every club can be, only the top teams in the country can win their place.
But as we head into the final stages of the league, five clubs fight for the final two positions in the top four.
Leicester City are currently third in the league and Chelsea FC are in fourth. However, just behind them are West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool.
All five teams want to be in the competition next season and will not give up without a fight, but it is hard to assess who has a harder run up to the end of the season.
Five Teams and Two Spots
Chelsea face two of the typical ‘big six’ teams in their final four games, but with the FA Cup final and the Champions League still in their sight, it is a question of if Thomas Tuchel will focus his attention on winning two trophies, or if he will focus on finishing in the top four.
Leicester are currently performing well, with big names like Jamie Vardy and Kelechi Iheanacho all on-form, the Foxes need to keep their head in the game to avoid disappointment for a second consecutive season, but their fixtures are just as difficult as Chelsea’s.
The Foxes final three games of the season include three of the ‘big six’ teams, two of which are competing for the all-important positions. It is not going to come easy for the East Midlands team, but they will not go down without a fight.
The Downfall of the Champions
Last years Champions Liverpool have had a massive fall of luck this season, with many putting it down to injuries, the players have failed to live up to the same standards they set themselves in the last few years.
With Liverpool currently having one game in hand over their competitors, the league is heating up as we head into the final games of the season. But their game in hand is against Manchester United, a fixture with a lot of history.
That fixture is set to be played in a busy nine days for the Reds, with them being unable to live up to the pressure of the last few years, they will need to bring the same fight they have showed the last few years for the final few weeks.
Tottenham have not had an easy season. They started well, before plummeting out of the Europa League and losing in the Carabao Cup Final. As well as sacking serial winner manager Jose Mourinho and hiring retired 29-year-old Ryan Mason as the Interim Head Coach.
Despite their final game of the season being against Leicester, the Lilywhites should win their next three games. The new manager is unbeaten in the league so far, all be it he has managed two games, but that will need to continue as he reintroduces attacking football and hopes to finish in the top four.
The Rise of the Hammers
The final contenders for the top four positions are West Ham and what a season the hammers are having. Manager David Moyes has turned fortunes around in London and has deservedly got his team in the running for a place in Europe next season.
It has been a massive turn around in East London, last season the hammers finished in 16th, just five points above relegation. With four games remaining, they have gained 19 points more than last season’s tally.
Of the five teams, West Ham have the easiest run in on paper. It would be a huge deal if the hammers finish in the top four, much like it is for Barnsley in the playoffs of the Championship.
Their fate is their own hands, the players are working hard for Moyes and they need to treat every game as they have for the last 34 to end the season on a high. But, no matter the result, the players should be proud of their achievements this year.
With fans being allowed in the final two games of the season, it is a case of if the fans can push their team to glory.
Liverpool are just one of the teams that benefit heavily with fans in stadiums, but now is the moment that matters, and fans need to positively push their team on the pitch in what has been a long year for everybody.
The next few weeks are set to be very tense for football and who knows how the season will end, but one thing is for sure, it is going to be very entertaining to watch.