So the situation in the Barclays Premier League table looks like this:
TEAM||POINTS||GOAL DIFFERENCE||REMAINING FIXTURES
1. City ||83 pts. ||61 GD ||Newcastle; QPR
2. United ||83 pts. ||53 GD ||Swansea; Sunderland
3. Arsenal ||66 pts. ||24 GD ||Norwich; West Brom
4. Tottenham ||65 pts. ||23 GD ||Aston Villa; Fulham
5. Newcastle ||65 pts. ||9 GD ||Man. City; Everton
6. Chelsea ||61 pts. ||21 GD ||Liverpool; Blackburn
Arguably, Arsenal has the easiest remaining fixtures while Newcastle faces a tough stretch to the finish line.
If City gets beaten by Newcastle, then the title is United’s to lose. If City beats either of the two, United will have to replicate the game against Arsenal where they scored a bountiful of goals in order to get the title.
Only a double win for Arsenal ensures them of a Champions league spot. Anything less than that may prove to be futile in trying to defend 3rd place.
Should Tottenham win both of the remaining games, they are ensured 4th place finisher in the league (unless of course the Toons beat the Citizens 10-0 and the Toffees 9-0).
Newcastle will only be a top 4 finisher if they beat Man. City and Everton convincingly as Tottenham has an easier two-match set against them. They will have to pray Tottenham drop points as well.
Chelsea – well, they need a miracle. The odds are stacked firmly against them to finish in 4th. HOWEVER, should they beat Bayern on May 19, then they will be ensured the precious Champions League spot – dropping whoever is 4th in the league.
On a slightly different and biased note, COME ON YOU SPURS! 🙂