Premier League top-four race for Champions League qualification analysed by form, fixtures and Sky Sports pundit Alan Smith

With Manchester City pulling away at the summit and Chelsea and Liverpool on course for a top-three finish, Arsenal, West Ham, Tottenham, Man Utd, Wolves, Brighton and Leicester look set to battle it out for a top-four finish.

As it stands, 10 points divide fourth-placed Arsenal and 10th-placed Leicester, and if games in hand are taken into consideration, there are seven sides in realistic contention to finish fourth and qualify for the Champions League.

Here, with the help of Sky Sports’ Alan Smith, we assess the runners and riders in the battle for fourth, their form and their fixtures until the end of the season…

The table…

Smith: Top three look set

Sky Sports’ Alan Smith on current top three in the Premier League:

“There’s a seven point gap to Liverpool in third so it looks like it will be difficult to catch Jurgen Klopp’s side, Chelsea and the league leaders Manchester City.

“I know there are games in hand for plenty of teams but City, Chelsea and Liverpool are the three best teams in the country.

“Pep Guardiola’s side are the best by some distance, to be honest, but those three teams will make up the top three I’m sure.”

The fixtures…


PA - Mikel Arteta

Position: 4th
Games played: 20
Points: 35
Top-four Sky Bet odds: 9/4
Active cup competitions: Carabao Cup

Arsenal endured a torrid opening to the season, losing their opening three matches to suffer their worst start to a season in 67 years. They were rock bottom of the Premier League with Mikel Arteta under pressure, but the Spaniard has overseen a remarkable recovery at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners currently sit in fourth and are one of the in-form teams in the league, but they face a crucial test to their top-four credentials when they visit north London rivals Tottenham, live on Sky Sports on Super Sunday.

Live Renault Super Sunday

Sunday 16th January 4:00pm

Key fixtures: Tottenham (A) – Sunday Jan 16; kick-off 4.30pm (live on Sky), Wolves (A) – Thursday Feb 10; kick-off 7.45pm, Leicester (H) – Saturday March 12; kick-off 3pm, Brighton (H), Saturday April 9; kick-off 3pm, Manchester United (H), Saturday April 23; kick-off 3pm, West Ham (A) – Saturday April 30; kick-off 3pm, Chelsea (A) – TBC, Liverpool (H), TBC.


Title: Premier League top-four race for Champions League qualification analysed by form, fixtures and Sky Sports pundit Alan Smith
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Published Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2022 08:00:00 GMT

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