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Squeaky bum time has arrived! It’s the time of the year where the choice of games on the television is overwhelming and everything seems to be happening at once. There are some incredible run-ins taking place across Europe. I absolutely love looking at league tables, so here we go:
Chelsea are undoubtedly going to win this league, although, wait – Spurs have a game in hand. Still a bit close to call? Nah, come on, Spurs will likely finish second.
Here’s where it gets interesting, though. Liverpool, Man City, Man United and Arsenal are all gunning for 3rd & 4th. City and United play in a high-stakes derby this week and the winner will likely be in firm contention for Champions League qualification. The big question here is whether or not Man United can make the top 4. With two games in hand on Liverpool, and the chance to beat City, I’d say they’re in with a good shout. Who do you think will make it?
Chelsea have a shot at a domestic double with their appearance in the FA Cup final against Arsenal, while United have the chance of gaining a cup double with the League Cup and the Europa League. Will weary legs falter or will seasoned legs push through for victory? Here’s my top four:
- Chelsea (League and FA Cup double, any doubters?)
- Tottenham (easily finishing above Arsenal for the first time in PL history)
- Manchester United (late season push, beating City and Arsenal, drawing with Spurs)
- Manchester City (Guardiola has not improved on Pellegrini’s foundation)
After one of the most majestic Clasicos in recent history, the top of the table in Spain is insane! Let’s not forget that its not about goal difference, but head to head, in the event that two teams are level on points at the end. This places Barcelona in pole position should that event occur. However, Real have a game in hand and can still very much claim this title if they don’t slip up. They’ve got the small matter of a Champions League semi-final against rivals Atletico Madrid though, so where should they focus? Barcelona are just focused on the league. Take your pick for the top of the table here, but I’m going to go with Barcelona. We’ll see some strong Spanish teams in the Champions League next year again, with Atletico and Sevilla rounding up the top four.
- Barcelona (psychological edge over Real Madrid, inspired by Enrique’s departure)
- Real Madrid (eliminated from the CL over two legs to Atletico; Zidane mortal)
- Atletico Madrid (a “whatever” domestic season and a CL final appearance. Win?)
- Sevilla (Took Emery’s departure quite well, graduated up from the EL to the CL)
Undoubtedly the most red-hot title race in Europe at the moment, with some of the most exciting teams participating in it! Ligue 1 has not been this interesting since the invention of the baguette, and Monaco have plundered goals galore this season finding themselves top of the table with a game in hand on PSG.
Fallen heroes Falcao and Balotelli have found new life here in greener pastures. Let’s not forget Nice, or the ridicule Balotelli faced for a “failed career” when he first signed for the club. Can you actually believe they are third? Monaco are in the semi finals of the Champions League, beating Man City and Dortmund convincingly enough to make you sit up and take notice. The run-in here is too close to call, but I like what I see from Monaco. PSG recently threw away a four goal lead in one of the greatest chokes of all time at the Camp Nou, so I have a feeling that they will wither away as the Monaco steamroller continues to crush teams. The question here should be whether or not they will pass the 100 goal mark. Top four:
- AS Monaco (Majestically crushing the 100 goal barrier but falling to Juve in the CL)
- PSG (Emery doesn’t know what to do when not in the EL. #Choke)
- Nice (Not so “Nice” to their critics – making them look silly while finishing third)
- Lyon (Not bad overall, perhaps we’ll see them back in the CL soon? )