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Which Premier League sides will secure Champions League qualification?

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Four into two won't go! Manchester United's renaissance and Tottenham's collapse... so who will secure Champions League qualification?It is not just the Premier League title race that's going down to wire this season Tottenham, Arsenal, Man United and Chelsea are all fighting for a top-four spot Sportsmail analyses who will miss out on Champions League qualification 

It is not just the Premier League title race that's going down to the wire. Manchester United's renaissance under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Tottenham's collapse have produced one of the tightest battles for the top four in history.

If Chelsea avoid defeat at Everton on Sunday there will be just three points separating them, Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United with eight games left.

Here, Sportsmail's James Sharpe analyses who will secure Champions League qualification for next season and who will miss out...

Form guide (most recent first): LDLLW

Remaining fixtures: Liverpool (a), Brighton (h), Huddersfield (h), Man City (a), West Ham (h), Bournemouth (a), Everton (h), Palace (h, TBC).

Verdict: A few weeks ago, Tottenham were still in the Premier League title race. Now, it's not even certain they will finish inside the top four. 

Mauricio Pochettino's side are in the worst form of all their rivals with defeats by Burnley, Chelsea, Southampton and a draw with Arsenal cutting the gap between them and the chasing pack. Harry Kane is back and scoring but Spurs are looking over their shoulder.

Toughest game: Take your pick. Spurs have still got to go to both Manchester City — who they also face in the Champions League quarter-finals — and Liverpool, neither of whom will be in any mood to let up in their own fierce race for the Premier League title.

Bookies odds of Top-Four finish: 4-6

Striker Harry Kane is back and scoring but Tottenham are looking over their shoulder now

Form guide: WDWWW

Remaining fixtures: Newcastle (h), Everton (a), Watford (a), Palace (h), Leicester (a), Brighton (h), Burnley (a), Wolves (a, TBC)

Verdict: Unai Emery's side are the form team in the race for the top four. The Gunners inflicted a first Premier League defeat on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Manchester United to make it six wins in their last eight. 

Arsenal have the kindest run-in of any of their rivals too, with none of their remaining opponents coming against fellow Big Six teams.

Toughest game: Wolves away. The promoted side have a superb record against the Big Six with a draw already at Arsenal earlier this season as well as a win at Spurs, points against Manchester City and United, plus a draw and a win against Chelsea. They also knocked United out of the FA Cup on Saturday night.

Odds of Top-Four finish: 5-6

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is challenging for the Premier League Golden Boot award

Form guide: LWWDW

Remaining fixtures: Watford (h), Wolves (a), West Ham (h), Everton (a), Man City (h), Chelsea (h), Huddersfield (a), Cardiff (h)

Verdict: Suffered their first Premier League defeat under Solskjaer against Arsenal but it was still a decent overall performance by United. 

No team has won as many points in the League since Solskjaer took over, at which point United were 13 points outside the top four. Now they are just two, having broken into the Champions League places before their defeat to Arsenal.

Toughest game: Manchester City at home. United's recent Premier League record against their neighbours at home is abysmal too, only one win in their past seven League meetings at Old Trafford with five defeats, losing their last two.

Odds of Top-Four finish: 6-4

Paul Pogba has become a crucial player for Manchester United under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Form guide: DWWLW

Remaining fixtures: Everton (a, Sunday, 4.30pm, Sky Sports), Cardiff (a), West Ham (h), Liverpool (a), Burnley (h), Man Utd (a), Watford (h), Leicester (a), Brighton (h, TBC)

Verdict: After a dodgy run that almost saw the end for Sarri-ball, Chelsea have strung together a decent few results to ease the pressure on Maurizio Sarri and also give them real hope of finishing in the top four. 

A last-gasp equaliser against Wolves puts them three points off fourth place but with a game in hand on all of their rivals.

Toughest game: Liverpool away. A huge test against the title chasers but Chelsea will hope Jurgen Klopp's side get distracted by the Champions League quarter-final against Porto that falls either side of their game.

Odds of Top-Four finish: 6-5

Belgian playmaker Eden Hazard has been Chelsea's star man this season under Maurizio Sarri

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