The Premier League Countdown – 16 days to go

With just over two weeks till the end of the Premier League Season there is still much to be decided. This year there is not only the battle for the top spot and the fight to beat relegation there’s a new battle, the one for the coveted fourth place.

It’s clear to see that Arsenal are more than likely to finish in third position this year. When Cesc Fabregas was ruled out for the rest of the season in early April you got that feeling that there chance of the title was slowly disappearing from Wenger’s sight. Wigan’s late victory over Arsenal at the weekend was a pivotal moment and it was clear to see that Arsenal had no hope of winning the Premier League.

Chelsea let a four point gap at the top disintegrate to a mere one after Tottenham bossed Ancelotti’s side at the weekend. Their only hope is that Spurs can do the same to rivals Manchester United this weekend. Chelsea still have a tough run in, with a trip to Liverpool still to look forward to but if they can win there the title should be theirs.
The big battle for fourth place is shaping up nicely, there’s four sides wanting Champions League football and three teams are going to be very disappointed. Firstly there’s the current fourth place side Tottenham, with a game in hand over rivals Aston Villa and Liverpool and a two point lead over fifth place Man City, Spurs are in the driving seat. Unfortunately for Harry Redknapp, his side have to play both Manchester United and City away, not the best fixtures to finish a challenge with.

Manchester City have had some convincing wins of late but their final matches are all pretty tricky. They travel to the Emirates this weekend and this fixture is likely to be a fiery encounter as Adebayor returns to his former side once more.

The other two teams vying for fourth place are Aston Villa and Liverpool. In my opinion Liverpool don’t have a chance at fourth place, they are in currently in seventh and face a tough battle just to get European football next year. They’ve played one game more than fourth place Tottenham and are still five points behind.

As the battle at the top continues the fight for survival is also heating up. With Portsmouth already relegated there are just two one-way tickets down to the Championship left. Burnley and Hull are the two sides currently filling up the places no team wants to claim. Burnley still have to face two of the sides fighting for European football, which proves an even tougher test for the Clarets. West Ham are the side with their heads just above water over the drop zone, they’re three points clear but with three games to play who knows if it’ll be enough. No doubt there will be more twists and turns to look forward to.