Even a mediocre mind can tell you that 5 into 2 doesn’t go. But this is precisely why the race for third and fourth place this season should be the most interesting in Premier League history.
Manchester City haven’t been too convincing of late. But those behind them look even more susceptible to a loss at any time, so we can assume that 1st and 2nd places will go to the teams in blue.
Beyond that it really is anyone’s guess. Manchester United looked to be sailing in third place before a dodgy turn of the year which saw too many draws and a home defeat to fellow top four hopefuls Southampton.
Arsenal still have a shock defeat in them. But, by and large, they are more powerful than they have been in quite some time.
Tottenham are playing better now than at any time over the last few seasons, despite defeat on Tuesday night. And the victors of that one, Liverpool, are steadily progressing in the right direction.
Liverpool were absolutely awful until the start of 2015. But, since then, their form and results have improved and they are now only 3 points off a Champions League place (table courtesy of BBC)
As for Manchester United, they have slipped out of the top 4 and will be desperate for a big win against Burnley on Wednesday night, to kick their moribund season into life.
Last but certainly not least, the surprise package of the season, Southampton. It seems amazing now that they were tipped for relegation after a summer which saw their manager and several key players leave the club. But Ronald Koeman has done an unbelievable job and if he doesn’t win The Premier League manager of the season award it will be a complete farce.
Southampton tailed off at the end of last year and most assumed that they would fall down the league. But the defeat of Manchester United at Old Trafford last month breathed new life into their season and they have no intention of vacating the third place that they currently occupy.
All in all, it makes for an even more exciting battle than the title race itself. And we haven’t a clue who will finish top 4. Our best guess right now is Arsenal and Manchester United.