Key Man Utd, Arsenal, Spurs and Chelsea games that will decide Premier League top four

The race for the Premier League top four is shaping up to be one of the most exciting we’ve ever seen after the weekend fixtures.

A win for Arsenal over Manchester United saw them leapfrog the Red Devils to move back into the top four – and they’re now only a point behind Tottenham , who are looking over their shoulders after a shock defeat at Southampton .

Chelsea also had a slip-up but snatched a last-gasp point via Eden Hazard against Wolves and are still right in the mix.

All four clubs are determined to secure a spot in the all-important top four to secure Champions League football for next season but two will have to miss out.

In a further twist, all four still have European football to deal with this season as Manchester United and Spurs chase Champions League glory whilst Arsenal and Chelsea are still in the Europa League.

Here’s a run-down on the remaining fixtures for each side including the key fixtures that could decide the race for fourth between now and the end of the season.

Arsenal beat Man Utd in a huge battle in the top four race on Sunday


TBC: Crystal Palace (H)
Mar 31: Liverpool (A)
Apr 7: Brighton (H)
Apr 13: Huddersfield (H)
Apr 20: Man City (A)
Apr 27: West Ham (H)
May 4: Bournemouth (A)
May 12: Everton (H)

Tottenham are suddenly looking over their shoulders

VERDICT: Tottenham have the two toughest fixtures of the season still remaining as they go to Liverpool and Manchester City . Their trip to Bournemouth could also be tricky – whilst their move to their new stadium could potentially pose some teething problems.

Pochettino’s side are clearly in worse form than Arsenal and United chasing them and have the hardest schedule remaining out of the top four contenders. They are in real danger of missing out.


TBC: Wolves (A)
Apr 1: Newcastle (H)
Apr 7: Everton (A)
Apr 15: Watford (A)
Apr 20: Crystal Palace (H)
Apr 29: Leicester (A)
May 4: Brighton (H)
May 12: Burnley (A)

Arsenal have the kindest remaining fixtures of the top four contenders

VERDICT: Arsenal boss Unai Emery got his tactics spot on as they won a huge game against Manchester United on Sunday to move back up to fourth.

The Gunners now look right on course for a top four finish – especially given their remaining fixtures. They’re the only side without any remaining games to play against the rest of the big six.

They also play a number of teams who are realistically out of relegation danger. It’s exactly the schedule Arsenal would want at this stage and they’re looking confident enough to take full advantage.


Mar 30: Watford (H)
Apr 2: Wolves (A)
Apr 13: West Ham (H)
Apr 21: Everton (A)
Apr 24: Man City (H)
Apr 28: Chelsea (H)
May 4: Huddersfield (A)
May 12: Cardiff (H)

Man Utd are still on course for a top four finish despite Sunday’s defeat

VERDICT: Manchester United are the side in form despite their defeat to Arsenal on Sunday. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has transformed their fortunes, and they were far from disgraced at the Emirates.

The Manchester Derby is a huge game in both the title race and top four battle, but they’re at Old Trafford, just like when they play Chelsea. Wolves away is a tricky fixture, but they’ll have a dress rehearsal in the FA Cup next weekend.

Solskjaer’s injury problems are improving and his side remain full of confidence – they’re right on course for the top four.


TBC: Brighton (H)
Mar 17: Everton (A)
Mar 31: Cardiff (A)
Apr 8: West Ham (H)
Apr 14: Liverpool (A)
Apr 22: Burnley (H)
Apr 28: Man Utd (A)
May 4: Watford (H)
May 12: Leicester (A)

Chelsea snatched a late draw against Wolves on Sunday

VERDICT: Chelsea have flattered to deceive under Maurizio Sarri and looking short on confidence since the turn of the New Year.

The Blues face tough trips to Anfield and Manchester United, plus Everton and Leicester away are also tricky tasks. Crucially, the Blues have looked most at risk to slip-ups against sides lower down the table recently as they’ve often struggled to break sides down.

Missing the top four looks a real danger for Sarri’s side, and they might need Europa League glory to get back into the Champions League.

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