The Champions League places battle is hotting up

We are now in the final weeks of the 2017/18 season and there are still six teams still competing for the two Champions League places.

 

Chelsea and Manchester City are huge favorites to be once again the two English teams in the top club competition. The chasing pack are hot on their tails but do not seem to be consistent enough to threaten them.

Here are the upcoming fixtures for the six teams. You can note that some teams’ fixtures have not been updated yet by the FA as  the whole season schedule has been a mess as usual. Games in italics are the games with the top six teams going head to head.

 

1 Chelsea  32 points + 26  ( 4 games to play)

 

Wed 9 May Chelsea v Birmingham

Sat 12 May Chelsea v Sunderland

Tue 15 May Bristol v Chelsea

Sun 20 May Liverpool v Chelsea  

 

2 Man City 29 points + 23 ( 5 games to play)

 

Sun 13 May Arsenal v Man City

Wed 16 May Man City v Yeovil

Sun 20 May Man City v Everton

 

3 Reading  25 points +17 ( 3 games to play)

 

Sun 29 Apr Sunderland v Reading

Sat 12 May Reading v Liverpool

Sun 20 May Birmingham v Reading

 

 

4 Arsenal  25 points + 12 ( 5 games to play)

 

Tue 24 Apr Arsenal v Liverpool

Sun 29 Apr Birmingham v Arsenal

Sun 13 May Arsenal v Man City

Wed 16 May Sunderland v Arsenal

Sun 20 May Bristol v Arsenal

 

5 Liverpool 24 points +9 ( 5 games to play)

 

Tue 24 Apr Arsenal v Liverpool

Sun 29 Apr Liverpool v Everton

Sat 12 May Reading v Liverpool

Sun 20 May Liverpool v Chelsea

 

6 Birmingham 23 points +7 ( 4 games to play)

 

Sun 29 Apr Birmingham v Arsenal

Wed 9 May Chelsea v Birmingham

Sun 13 May Everton v Birmingham City

Sun 20 May Birmingham v Reading

 

As previously mentioned, Chelsea and Manchester City are favorite for the top two finish, but they have a very busy schedule. City actually have two games not scheduled yet. If Any one or both teams reach the Champions League final, they will have a tough run-up to the showpiece in Kiev.

There are many head to head games remaining between the top six and those games will probably decide who will be in Europe next season.  Reading and Birmingham are unlikely to make it but mathematically still in. Both could be out of the Champions League race by Sunday though.

Arsenal and Liverpool are the chasing group. They play each other tonight, a draw or a defeat for any of those teams would surely cost them champions league qualification. While the winner would close down the gap to Manchester City.

The title race and the Champions League race might go to final day depending on how the teams will react to playing so many games in such a short time. It is clearly a survival of the fittest kind of situation, rather than the best football teams will make it to the elite club competition.

 

 

 

Published by Sylvain

women's football fan since 1998

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