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The top four fight this season will surely go down the wire, with four strong teams fighting for just two places.

With Liverpool and Manchester City fighting for the title fiercely, three London sides – Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal and also Manchester United are fiercely fighting for a top four finish.

Chelsea’s recent form has seen the Blues win their last three league games, and those wins have now catapulted Chelsea up to third on the table, although Maurizio Sarri’s side have played a game more than their counterpart.

Three points separate fourth placed Tottenham from Manchester United in sixth, and all four sides fighting for a Champions League place have been dropping points in recent games.

However, Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher and Manchester United legend Gary Neville believe that Chelsea will miss out on top four and have both predicted that Tottenham and Manchester United will take the two final slots for the top four.

Speaking on Sky Sports Monday Night Football, Gary Neville said: “If you look at the fixtures, I look at Tottenham’s fixtures, I have to say that’s obviously the one [vs Manchester City] that stands out, but if you look at Arsenal’s fixtures you’d say they have the best run-in as they don’t play against any of the top teams.

“The problem they have got is that they have four away games Arsenal and they’re shocking away from home. Chelsea have got United and Liverpool away, they’re two tough games at the end of the season, I would with United put Everton in there as a tough game, City and Chelsea.

“You’ve got the added complication of Europe as well, massive European games for these teams, you could not pick them. For the moment I think Tottenham will finish third because they have the four home games and they’re the ones I think that can accumulate the points and if I look at United specifically… Ole himself said before the Wolves game that they’d need about 15 points to get into the top four, that game has fallen away now, but you look at the rest of their matches and there’s six there, they have to win five of them.

“If United are going to get 15 points from the rest of those games they’re going to have to go soon. They’ve got to win big matches and that’s going to be a challenge.”

Jamie Carragher said: “I think they’re [Spurs] back on track with their fixtures after a poor run and they have the home stadium now. Arsenal have better fixtures than Chelsea and Man United but I’d be surprised if Arsenal won more than one away game. I don’t see them winning more than one away game from those they’ve got.

“Yes they’re not against the top six but they’re those difficult ones, very similar to Everton. Really I haven’t got a clue out of the other three because in some ways you can’t trust them – I feel like I can trust Tottenham a little bit. I know they’ve been on a bad run, it’s very tight…

“If I had to call one I would go with Manchester United.”

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  1. I don’t dispute the opinions of Caragher and Neville as they put it that Chelsea will not maintain the position which will make them play the UEFA championship next season, it’s left with the team to prove these opinions right or wrong if they can continue their winning record which will see them going to the UEFA. As far as I’m concerned, I remain very very optimistic that my team Chelsea will qualify to play in the UEFA championship next season. I have no avenue or room for someone’s opinion, I’ll forever remain one of the most confident Chelsea’s fans.

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