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Which Premier League sides will finish in the top 4 this season?
The identity of the teams likely to secure a Champions League spot remains difficult to predict.

WITH CHELSEA NINE points clear at the top of the table, Antonio Conte’s men are now strong favourites to win the Premier League title.

Jamie Carragher said during the week that “at this moment the rest of the sides are more worried about the top four and being left out of the top four than the title”.

Moreover, the Blues are looking increasingly unstoppable. They were a Diego Costa penalty miss away from beating Liverpool at Anfield on Tuesday, while they have dropped points just once all season against a team outside the top six (in the 2-2 draw with Swansea back in September).

Consequently, talk has turned to who will make the top four rather than the identity of the likely title winners.

Chelsea aside, there appear to be five viable contenders to secure the three remaining coveted Champions League spots — Tottenham, Arsenal, Liverpool, Man City and Man United.

Currently, just one point separates Tottenham in second and Man City in fifth, with the Red Devils a further four points behind their neighbours.

Consequently, it remains difficult to predict which of these teams will prevail at the end of the season, with all of the sides in question experiencing indifferent form at various points in the season, and everyone bar City dropping points midweek.

With all that in mind, let us know your thoughts in the comments section below. Which Premier League sides will finish in the top 4 this season?

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