Every top six side’s run-in examined – it’s fantasy football for Arsenal


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Arsenal have been superb at the Emirates in 2019. They have found a formula for success that has propelled them into the top four despite not having been at their best on the road. This should give the supporters a huge boost ahead of the run-in, as the big sides battle it out for a top-four finish in order to reach the coveted Champions League.

With that in mind, we have taken a look at the final fixtures of each side in the top six to see who still has it all to do. Read on to find out more.

Manchester United

Fixtures remaining: West Ham (h), Everton (a), Manchester City (h), Chelsea (h), Huddersfield (a), Cardiff (h).

United may be looking a lot better under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but they certainly have a tricky final six matches. The fitness of Marcus Rashford, who was doubtful a couple of weeks ago, could be key.

Liverpool fans will probably root for Manchester United for the first time in their lives when the Red Devils take on City in the Manchester derby. That match, followed by Chelsea’s trip to Old Trafford, will probably decide whether United grab a top-four berth or end up relegated to the Europa League again next season.

Chelsea

Fixtures remaining: West Ham (h), Liverpool (a), Burnley (h), Manchester United (a), Watford (h), Leicester (a).

Sarriball seems like an ideological dream right now for Chelsea fans. The Blues may well see yet another managerial change over the summer if suggestions about the Italian’s future are to be believed.

They will be desperate to finish in the top-four but still have a very difficult run of matches to look forward to. Three winnable home fixtures are offset by a trio of away games that could easily see Chelsea come unstuck. Their game at Liverpool could be decisive in the title race but could also see Betway make their odds of Champions League qualification that bit longer.

Arsenal

Fixtures remaining: Watford (a), Crystal Palace (h), Wolves (a), Leicester (a), Brighton (h), Burnley (a).

This really is fantasy football stuff for the Gunners. They are the only top six side not having to face another of the top six during the run-in. They must take full advantage of this opportunity to make sure they secure a lucrative place in the Champions League next season.

This could be very important when it comes to deciding the budget that Unai Emery will have to spend in the summer. The Gunners need defensive recruits to sure up a shaky back line, but having the financial clout to do it will depend heavily on how the team ends the current campaign.

Wolves away will be tough, as will a trip to Leicester. But compared to their rivals, this is easy street for the Gunners.

Tottenham

Fixtures remaining: Huddersfield (h), Manchester City (a), Brighton (h), West Ham (h), Bournemouth (a), Everton (h).

With Spurs moving into their new surroundings this run-in could be quite favourable. Four of their remaining six fixtures are at home and Mauricio Pochettino will be targeting maximum points from these games to make sure his side avoid being called ‘bottlers’ again.

The new stadium might just help Spurs compete in the transfer market, with their manager desperate for a budget to compete with the top sides. Clothing giant Nike were linked to a naming rights deal on the new ground. That has sense been denied by Daniel Levy, but some sort of a deal will likely be done in the near future.

Manchester City

Fixtures remaining: Crystal Palace (a), Tottenham (h), Manchester United (a), Burnley (a), Leicester (h), Brighton (a).

The Manchester derby looks like it will have a massive say not only in the race for the top-four but also for the title. United fans would love to prevent their rivals from getting their hands of the trophy, though some may be in two minds whether they’d actually prefer it going to Merseyside or not.

Home games against Spurs and Leicester will also be tricky for Guardiola’s men but this City side is one of the best in the world with most fantasy football XIs strongly featuring players in blue.

Liverpool

Fixtures remaining: Chelsea (h), Cardiff (a), Huddersfield (h), Newcastle (a), Wolves (h).

Liverpool could win their first title since 1990 if they stay the course here. They have played more games than City but only the Chelsea fixture looks as though it could cause the Reds any problems.

If Liverpool finally see it through and bring the title home, many fans on Merseyside will be clamouring for Mr Klopp to become Sir.

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3 thoughts on “Every top six side’s run-in examined – it’s fantasy football for Arsenal”

  1. If City manage to come through the games with Spurs and United with 6 points, then it’s hard luck Liverpool I’m afraid.

  2. Financially, where Arsenal finish in the league will make a difference of perhaps €20m. Where they finish in Europa will have a much larger effect.
    Similar with Spurs, while increased attendance may offset the new mortgage and provide some extra funds, Champions League success will provide far more money, even if they don’t win but get to the final.

  3. Arsenal formula for success at home seems to be that of every season…play crap get a dodgy decision or fluke goal and somehow win or save a loss and get a draw….they’re garbage and will be nowhere near the top four when var is introduced

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