Race for European qualification heats up in the Premier League

This season hosts one of the tightest races for European football in years.

The Premier League title may have been claimed by Liverpool for the first time in 30 years but there is still a lot to be determined.

The tightly packed teams in the top 10 are all battling it out to secure Champions League or Europa League football.

Currently 2nd placed Manchester City are facing a two-year European ban for breaching Financial Fair Play and will find out if their appeal has been successful on July 13.

If City’s European ban is upheld and they finish in the top four the team situated in fifth will be given the Champions League spot.

Every match from now to the end of the season is crucial for the teams fighting for European football as one slip up may be fatal.

Leicester’s winless restart has left their Champions League hopes in jeopardy, Brendan Rodgers third placed side have looked troubled taking just 17 points from their last 15 matches.

Chelsea’s Champions League’s aspirations were left dented after conceding a last minute goal in a 3-2 defeat to West Ham exposing their defensive problems.

Prior to their loss at West Ham Frank Lampard’s men enjoyed three successive wins and will hope to get back on track with their upcoming match against Watford.

Leicester and Chelsea’s losses intensifies the Champions League race with Manchester United and Wolves only two points off fourth position.

Since the turn of the restart Manchester United who are unbeaten in 15 matches have looked strong.

The signing of Portuguese midfielder Bruno Fernandes in January transformed the side who at the time had lost four in seven Premier League matches.

Since his debut in February Fernandes has directly been involved in more goals than any other Premier League player, scoring six and four assists.

United’s 3-0 win over Brighton lifted them into fifth position which could be a Champions League spot if City’s ban is upheld.

Nuno Espírito Santo’s Wolves have enjoyed a perfect restart, claiming nine points from nine and not conceding.

Wolves are the only side in the Premiere League since the return of football with a perfect record adding momentum to their Champions League push.

Wolves will go in as favourites in their upcoming match against Arsenal which will be their biggest test since the return of action.

After two successive League defeats Arsenal have turned their form around, winning their last three matches and are six points off Wolves.

Champions League qualification looks out of reach for the Gunners but a win against Wolves puts them back in the hunt for European football.

Sheffield United’s 3-1 win over Tottenham ended their losing run, reviving their bid for a top six finish.

Tottenham’s chances of Champions League football are slim with Mourinho relying on others to slip up.

The upcoming weeks will be excitable as we wait for events to unfold.

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