The end is near. With only 2 months or 9 weeks before the English Premier League comes to a close, it is still a close contest between Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea.
The run in to the finish line favours Chelsea who has the easiest route with only two difficult games, Tottenham Hotspurs on April 30 and Manchester United on May 7. Manchester United also has two main obstacles in Arsenal on May 1 and Chelsea on May 7. Arsenal will face the most difficult route with four stumbling blocks in Liverpool on April 17, Tottenham Hotspurs on April 20, Bolton Wanderers on April 24 and Manchester United on May 1.
Based on the remaining features, Arsenal is likely to wither in the hectic schedule of four major matches between April 17 to May 1. Manchester United is still fighting for honours on 3 fronts and that could stretch their resources. Chelsea stands a good chance of catching up with Manchester United and overhauling Arsenal. The Manchester United vs Chelsea game on May 7 would most likely decide the championship.
Meanwhile, I believe Manchester City has suffered a severe blow in their recent 2:0 loss to Chelsea and with Carlos Tervez out injured, I expect them to nose dive to sixth spot by the end of the season, overtaken by Liverpool at the last match of the season. Tottenham Hotspurs has the toughest closing fixtures but would expect them to hang on to fourth place.
My expectation for the rest of the season would be:-
Manchester United P8 W5 D2 L1 Total Points 80
Chelsea P9 W8 D1 L0 Total Points 79
Arsenal P9 W6 D2 L1 Total Points 78
Tottenham Hotspurs P8 W4 D2 L2 Total Points 67
Liverpool P8 W6 D2 L0 Total Points 65
Manchester City P9 W4 D3 L2 Total Points 64
It is wishful thinking at this point but wold be really interesting to see the final standings.