With both Newcastle and Manchester United losing over the weekend, the race for Champions League qualification is now wide open.
Newcastle missed an opportunity to position themselves strongly with a statement win over Arsenal at home on Sunday. They started at 100mph, but after Arsenal survived it, they ran out of ideas and lost 2 – 0.
Manchester United lost 1 – 0 to West Ham thanks to a David de Gea error in the sort of blunt performance that has plagued an otherwise decent team all season.
Both Newcastle and United’s bids for Champions League qualification have seemed fairly secure most of the season. However, a resurgent Liverpool have started to win at the right time, so neither team can relax yet.
Liverpool have won six consecutive Premier League games in a row. They find themselves in 5th place, just a point behind United, albeit with a game in hand.
Then there’s Brighton, the feel-good story of the season who are frankly a terrifying opponent for anybody. They’re seventh on 55 points, but if they win their two games in hand they’ll be right in the mix.
Spurs can still technically qualify for the Champions League, but the malaise surrounding the club makes that seem unlikely.
Looking at the run-in, the Newcastle VS Brighton game on the 18th of May could be pivotal.
Manchester United and Liverpool probably have the easiest games left to play. Spurs have a favourable schedule as well, but they cannot be trusted to take advantage of it.
Unfortunately for Brighton, they still have games against Arsenal, City and Newcaslte ahead of them. If they finish fourth, they will have absolutely earned it.