There are just ten games to go in the Premier League (that’s right, just ten games!) and as the “games remaining” figure ticks into single figures for a host of teams this weekend, it really is the time of the season to make an impression. And that applies for plenty of sides.
This season is rather unique in that respect, because aside from Newcastle United and Southampton — both of who are somewhat marooned in mid-table — every team has something to fight for as the end of the campaign draws close.
The title race is simply enthralling. Chelsea lead the way, Manchester City will be playing catch-up, Liverpool have the momentum and Arsenal are clinging on. Given the summer of seismic change at a host of the top sides, it’s a massive bonus to see such a hotly contested finale to the campaign atop of the Premier League.
The fight for European places is by no means finished yet either, as Tottenham, Everton and Manchester United will be hoping to capitalize on a blip from any of the aforementioned sides and sneak into the top-four. Aside from that, the race for a Europa League spot could also be a cause for intrigue.
And then we have the relegation scrap, which at the time of writing could see any three from a potential 12 teams drop into the Championship. That’s another battle that looks set to go to the wire.
Before I share my predictions on how the Premier League table will look after the season finale, be sure to post your predictions in the comments section. If you don’t have time to figure out the top 20, feel free to post the top 7 and the bottom 3. Then at the end of the season, we can revisit the article to see who was the mastermind!
Here are my predictions for the final Premier League table of 2013/14:
Chelsea Will be Champions After Three-Way Scrap On Final Day
If the Premier League title race ends ups like this, then we’re in for one stunning finale. Based on my predictions, Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool will all go into the final day with a chance of winning the title. But Jose Mourinho’s men will have the experience and battle-hardened qualities to come through, with a draw at Anfield being key in winning their fourth Premier League crown.
Everton To Pip United and Spurs To Fifth
With Romelu Lukaku looking ready and raring to go for the Toffees again, not to mention a much more favorable run-in, Roberto Martinez will steer Everton to a fifth place finish and European football, just edging Spurs and Manchester United in the process. A 2-1 win for the Toffees against Manchester United and their former boss at Goodison will see the Toffees secure Europa League football for the 2014/15 season.
Heavy Defeats Will See Norwich Relegated On Goal Difference
After their most recent 4-1 defeat to a pretty average Aston Villa team, I harbor little hope for Norwich City. They have some tough games in the run-in, and with a scarcity of goals in the side, they will join Fulham and Cardiff in the bottom three come the end of the final day of the campaign. A couple of heavy defeats to Arsenal and Liverpool at Carrow Road will see them drop down on goal difference, with a host of teams fighting for survival come the final day.
Fancy a go? Have I got it completely wrong? Click HERE to complete the Premier League predictor (courtesy of the “The Mustard”) and post your final standings in the comments section!