Which teams can qualify for the Champions League?
Liverpool’s push for the top four may have come too late in the campaign to reap any rewards, but they will not give up.
After adding to Leeds’ woes with a 6-1 win at Elland Road, Jurgen Klopp then steered his squad to a 3-2 win at home to Nottingham Forest with Diogo Jota recording an impressive 4 goals and 1 assist respectively.
There is a lofty 9 points gap between Liverpool and rivals Manchester United who occupy the 4th spot. Liverpool are ultimately relying on other teams’ results. All Klopp’s men can do is keep pushing and recording victories and hope Newcastle or Man United slip up.
The Europa League seems the more likely destination for the Reds. This could be damning in terms of potential transfer business in the summer. Reports suggest that Jude Bellingham has no intention of joining Klopp at Anfield, and this raises concerns about whether other players would feel similarly reluctant to sign with Liverpool if they fail to secure Champions League football next season.
Roberto De Zerbi’s men are having one blinding season. Losing Leandro Trossard and Graham Potter mid-campaign has had seemingly little to no effect whatsoever. A true credit to the setup the Seagulls have.
Albion are similarly priced to Liverpool (5/1) to reach the top four by the end of the season. Whilst not impossible, it will be a tough ask. 10 points adrift from Manchester United in 4th but the Seagulls have only played 29 matches.
The conveyer belt of players found by the recruitment team at Brighton is second to none. They have lost Bissouma, Cucurella and Trossard recently but the development of players like Mitoma, Ferguson and Caicedo is testament to Albion’s processes.
FA Cup semi-final heartbreak at the hands of penalty shootout winners, Manchester United saw De Zerbi’s team falter at the penultimate hurdle. A number of difficult games are facing Brighton that will damped the top four hopes. They are still to play title contenders Arsenal and Manchester City as well as clashes with top four rivals Manchester United and Newcastle United.
After embarrassment at the hands of Newcastle on Sunday, Spurs can all but kiss goodbye to their top four chances.
According to reports [Daily Mail], interim manager, Christian Stellini is already under pressure with his position ‘in serious doubt’. With Ryan Mason touted to fill in until the end of the season.
Kane and company face some difficult upcoming fixtures with a visit from Manchester United midweek and then Liverpool away on 30 April.
Priced at anywhere from 10-16/1 Spurs are the rank outsiders in the eyes of the bookies. Disappointing results against relegation-threatened Southampton and Everton and then two embarrassing losses versus Bournemouth and Newcastle have meant Stellini’s squad may even struggle to qualify for the Europa League, particularly with Liverpool and Brighton breathing down their necks.