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Ray Parlour backs Liverpool and Tottenham to finish in top four

05 March, 2018, 00:14 | Author: Rachael Silva
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If Diego Costa was still leading the line for Chelsea, I'd have fancied them to get something out of the game at United on Sunday and he was great at bullying (and occasionally cheating) his way to success.

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.

"That will go a long way to deciding it but I think United will come out on top overall". Liverpool are two points behind the Red Devils, while the north London club are fourth in the table with 55 points.

"I think being able to beat a rival, it's nearly like a six-pointer because of how close we are", Smalling said of the Chelsea win.

"The fact we get to play Liverpool at home as well I think is a big advantage". After beating West Ham 4-1 last Saturday, he said: "Second is one of our targets".

So essentially, I'm predicting United, Liverpool and Tottenham will complete the top four, with the order of those teams probably determined by the United v Liverpool game at Old Trafford on March 10th and Chelsea v Spurs game at Stamford Bridge on April 1st.

However, Chelsea No. 1 Thibaut Courtois insists they have the quality to rise up from fifth to grab a Champions League spot.

With 72 points on the board, City only need to win five of their last eleven games to claim a third Premier League crown.

Spurs face Juventus in the Champions League, while the Reds have one foot in the quarter-final of the competition following a 5-0 win over Porto. He told Chelsea's website: "Chelsea now have to go on a run, hopefully starting with something, even a point against Man City at the weekend".

"After that it might come down to who has the nerve and who has the deepest squad".

Liverpool fans were hoping Spurs would drop points at Crystal Palace on Sunday and they very almost did, yet the image of the Premier League is tarnished when we see the kind of tactics used by Eagles boss Roy Hodgson succeeding.



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