With Manchester City having well and truly run away with the Premier League title this season, all eyes have turned to what promises to be one of the most tightly contested races for the top four in living memory.
With Manchester United, Liverpool, Spurs and Chelsea fighting it out for the three spots behind Pep Guardiola’s men, to guarantee Champions League qualification for next season, pundits up and down the land have been queuing up to have their say on who will make the cut.
Now leading BBC pundit Pat Nevin has revealed, why he thinks it will be either Jurgen Klopp or Mauricio Pochettino who will be left disappointed come the end of this campaign.
“After that it might come down to who has the nerve and who has the deepest squad. This could be where Liverpool, and to some extent Spurs, might struggle as the Champions League games start to take their toll.
“Liverpool are hugely reliant on having Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah all fit and firing.
“Those three haven’t really stopped scoring all season but it gets harder and now that Philippe Coutinho has gone, the players who might have to come in and cover for them are not such stellar names.
“Similarly Spurs. When they don’t have the trio of Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Hueng-Min Son playing they can find it much harder.
“They also have history such as at Stamford Bridge back in 2016 when they had the title in their sights, only to self-destruct.” said the former Scotland international.
It’s a pretty ballsy prediction we must say, considering that Antonio Conte’s Chelsea – who currently sit in fifth – have been in the worst form of any of the top six in 2018, and travel to the Etihad to face Guardiola’s superb City side this weekend.
However, it’s worth remembering that Nevin played for the Blues for five seasons and is a regular contributor to Chelsea.com, so he may be more than a bit biased.
One thing is for sure though, the race for the top four this season, will prove to be a fascinating one with plenty of twists and turns between now and May.