With only 11 games left in the Premier League season, the picture is more or less clear. Chelsea are almost sure to lift the Premier League trophy, while 5 teams are battling for the 3 Champions League spots. And with fixtures coming thick and fast, the excitement level just keeps on increasing.
Here are 5 bold predictions for the end of the season:
1) Arsenal will lose out on the Champions League spot:
While Arsenal qualifying for the Champions League has been as certain as death in recent years, the Gunners are in real danger of losing out on the European competition this year. Arsenal were thrashed 10-2 by Bayern Munich across two legs in the Round of 16 and their performance was awful to say the least. They have been struggling in the Premier League as well and are in 5th spot, behind Liverpool. As speculation towards Arsene Wenger's future grows, so does the uncertainty of them being in the Top 4 at the end of the season. While Chelsea are sure to qualify, Tottenham and Manchester City might do just enough to seal their spot. Liverpool are awful at the back, but their attack might just help them finish 4th. And while Arsenal have a pretty good squad, dressing room rows and injuries have derailed their season and they do not look like top 4 contenders.
2) N' Golo Kante will win the PFA player of the year award:
The Chelsea midfield enforcer has been in imperious form this season and has helped Chelsea to the top of the table. His brilliant performances have led to critics praising him to no extent. Blues legend Frank Lampard also referred to Kante as the best midfielder in the world on current form. The diminutive midfielder has also scored a few crucial goals for his side and leads the Premier league chart for tackles and interceptions. While the chances of Sanchez or Hazard winning the award are more, one can never rule Kante out of the race.
3) Diego Costa will win the Golden boot:
Both Romelu Lukaku and Harry Kane are ahead of him in the race with 19 goals each, but Kane is out for almost the entire remaining season and Lukaku is inconsistent. The much-maligned Spanish striker Diego Costa has led the Blues charge to the top of the table and has 17 goals to his name. With Chelsea all but sealing the title, Costa would be under less pressure and would be looking to get that Golden Boot. A training ground row with manager Antonio Conte led to him being dropped for a couple of games but he came out well from that and has maintained his form which has propelled Chelsea to the top of the pile. Chelsea fans will hope that their star striker wins the golden boot and seals the title for Chelsea for the 2nd time in 3 years.
4) Man United will finish 6th and Mourinho will blame the referees and their luck for it:
While it is true that Manchester United have not been the luckiest team in the league, hitting the post more times than any other team and also having a few refereeing decisions against them, their inability to finish off games has been the major reason behind their Premier League struggles. Manchester United have been stuck on 6th for more than 3 months now and look increasingly likely to finish there. Manchester United have not lost a lot of games, but have played a lot of draws which is just not good enough for a team of their stature. And keeping Jose Mourinho's nature in mind, he is sure to blame the referees their luck if he fails to reach the Champions League.
5) Tottenham will finally finish above Arsenal:
The Spurs have lost their talisman Harry Kane to an ankle injury, but still look destined to finish above Arsenal this season, given the turmoil the Gunners are in at the moment. Spurs are currently 6 points above Arsenal, though the Gunners have a game in hand. But on current form, expect Tottenham to finish atleast 3rd, if not 2nd. The Spurs looked sure to finish above Arsenal last season as well, only to dramatically lose 4-1 to already relegated Newcastle United. But Mauricio Pochettino would have that in mind and expect him to inspire his side to finish above their North London rivals. The tide has surely turned in London.