As the 2016/17 Premier League season begins to draw to a close, I will take a look at how the North-West’s top flight sides will fare in the final nine games of the season.
There is still plenty left to play for all of the North-West’s respective sides at both ends of the table.
Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and Everton are all vying for a space in the top four, whilst Burnley are battling to secure their Premier League status.
Here, I will take a look at how all the North West sides may far in the dying embers of the season.
Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp’s side are currently fourth in the league, but with Manchester United and Everton hot on their heels, it remains to be seen whether they can hold on to that spot.
Liverpool’s form against the smaller teams has left much to be desired this season after they dropped points against Burnley, Hull City, Swansea, Sunderland and Bournemouth.
The Reds still have games to play against ‘weaker’ opposition, so there is seemingly plenty of points to be dropped for Liverpool.
If Liverpool are to cement their spot in the top four, they cant afford many slip ups against the teams below them.
Everton: The Toffees are the inform side in the Premier League and could still mount a late push for a Champions League spot.
Ronald Koeman has implemented a fluent style of play at Goodison Park and his system finally seems to be paying dividends, with Romelu Lukaku leading the goal scoring charts.
Everton are relying on other sides above them slipping up to get a top four spot, which at this moment seems unlikely.
Manchester City: In Pep Guardiola’s first season in charge, he has guided City into the top four and looks set to secure Champions League football in his first season in charge.
10 wins in a row in all competitions at the start of the season, left City top of the league and looking like champions to be, but their season soon began to crumble away.
A poor run of form saw Chelsea pull away at the top, and with that went City’s chances of the title.
Top four is now undoubtedly the aim for City and they look well placed to achieve that.
Manchester United: Three wins in a row in August got United fans dreaming of a maiden Premier League title since the Sir Alex Ferguson era ended.
The bubble soon burst for United, with draws being the main factor in halting United’s progress and Mourinho’s managerial reign.
FA Cup progress has also ended, but the Europa League dream lives on for Mourinho, while a top four finish looks to be paling into insignificance with Europe taking centre stage.
Burnley: On their return to the Premier League, the Clarets have surprised almost everyone in gaining a spot in mid-table.
An early victory over Liverpool has proved to be the platform for a successful season, with Sean Dyche proving his worth as a potential manager of the season.
With five home games still to come, I would expect that Burnley will secure safety and finish in the safety of mid-table, if not the top half.