The 2021-22 Premier League season is nearing its conclusion, but there are still plenty of things to be decided in the final knockings of the campaign.
Manchester City and Liverpool are embroiled in a two-way battle to be crowned champions of the land, with Chelsea just behind the duo in third place.
Arsenal sit fourth at the moment and are favourites with bookmakers according to the latest English language Asian betting news. The Gunners still have to fend off competition from Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and West Ham United to secure a return to the Champions League for the first time since 2017.
Here are our predictions for the top six positions come the end of the season:
Champions – Manchester City
Pep Guardiola’s men lead the way as it stands, one point clear of Liverpool with nine games left for both sides. City have conceded the fewest amount of goals so far (18) while only Liverpool have bettered their tally of 65 at the other end.
A pivotal clash awaits the teams at The Etihad on April 10, six days before they meet again in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.
The defending champions looked set to run away with the title at some point before a poor run of results allowed Liverpool back in the race.
Nonetheless, we are backing them to hold their nerve and retain their league crown come May.
Second place – Liverpool
Jurgen Klopp’s men have been in scintillating form of late, winning their last nine Premier League games and 15 out of 16 overall.
Their only loss in that time was a largely inconsequential 1-0 defeat to Inter Milan in the second leg of their Champions League round-of-16 tie.
Having already tasted success in the EFL Cup back in February, the Merseysiders will be hungry to pick up more silverware, but we can see them just coming up short in the pursuit of their 20th league title.
Third place: Chelsea
Chelsea were favourites at some point to go all the way before their faltering form over the festive period saw them fall off the pace badly.
Thomas Tuchel’s men have since turned things around, winning 12 of their last 13 games, including the most recent seven outings.
However, the European Champions trail City by 11 points and a title challenge looks out of reach, but we expect The Blues to hold on to third spot.
Fourth place – Tottenham Hotspur
Spurs have had their ups and downs since Antonio Conte arrived to take over from Nuno Espirito Santo.
The Lilywhites have, however, managed to stay in touch with Arsenal, who possess a one-point gap in the race to complete the top four.
Both teams are still to meet at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, and we are tipping Spurs to come out on top en route to leapfrogging their city rivals in the standings.
Fifth place – Arsenal
Arsenal started the campaign poorly, but Mikel Arteta’s men have since recovered in style to currently occupy fourth place.
Their record against fellow top-six clubs remains a cause for concern as they have won just one of seven league games so far.
With three more heavyweight clashes to come, including two of them away from home, we can see the Gunners relinquishing their Champions League ticket in the coming weeks.
Sixth place – Manchester United
Manchester United were largely expected to mount a proper title challenge off the back of high-profile summer signings in Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane.
However, The Red Devils have flattered to deceive all-season long and will end a fifth consecutive year without silverware.
More importantly, Ralf Rangnick’s men are languishing in sixth at the moment, a whopping 20 points behind Manchester City, and we expect them to end the season where they currently sit.