Four Key Battles Left in the 2017/18 Season

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Man City are cruising towards the Premiership title and they look poised to win it in record-breaking fashion, but there is still plenty of intrigue left this season.

Here are four key battles to look out for as another thrilling campaign winds down:


The relegation scrap

West Brom are dead and buried at the bottom of the table, but other two places in the drop zone are fiercely contested.

Just five points separate Newcastle in 13th and Stoke in 19th, and several teams are fighting for their lives as they bid to remain in the top flight. Crystal Palace did themselves a huge favour by beating Huddersfield last time out and, with talisman Wilfried Zaha back from injury, they should be able to climb out of trouble.

Huddersfield’s situation is now looking extremely precarious as they have away trips to Brighton and Newcastle and then they face Watford before a horrendous stretch that sees them close the season with games against Man City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Everton.

They look in real trouble and if you check a BetDSI review to find the best odds you will find attractive prices on them going down. Stoke, Southampton and West Ham are the other teams fighting for their lives, while Swansea and Newcastle could get sucked back in, so that should make for a thrilling denouement to the season.


Top four race

Champions Chelsea are now five points adrift of fourth placed Tottenham in the race to finish in the Champions League places after a poor run of results. But Spurs striker Harry Kane is injured and the Blues might fancy their chances of overhauling Mauricio Pochettino’s men before the season is over.

They are both out of Europe and can focus all their efforts on the run in to the league campaign, and the game between the two of them at Stamford Bridge on April 1 will be huge. Spurs also still have to play both Manchester clubs, so they are by no means home and dry yet in this race. Liverpool are two points ahead of Spurs and two behind Man Utd, although they have played an extra game, and there will be further intrigue in seeing who clinches the runner-up spot.

Right now the Reds are the underdogs, but they look an interesting option to pull it off, despite the distraction of their Champions League exploits, as they are in tremendous form at the moment.


Without the big six

A seventh-placed finish could well secure a Europa League spot and right now Sean Dyche’s plucky Burnley team are in the driving seat. However, slowly but surely Leicester have been creeping up on them and the Foxes are now just three points behind, with eight games left to play.

Everton are level on points with Leicester, but they have played one more game, and it looks like a three-horsed race for seventh. Burnley fans would love their team to hold on, and they are certainly resolute at the back, but Leicester have more quality across their team and they should be able to overhaul Burnley and hold off Everton.


Player of the Year

Kevin De Bruyne was a shoo-in for this award a few weeks ago, but then Mohamed Salah dialled up his extraordinary first season at Liverpool by several notches. The Egyptian banged in four goals against Watford last time out to move well clear of Kane in the race for the Golden Boot.

De Bruyne remains the best player in the best team in the land and he has been at the heart of everything that is great about Man City this season. He is still odds-on to land the Player of the Year accolade, but he has drifted in the past week and Salah has been heavily backed by punters. If he continues his remarkable goal scoring form, he could well overtake De Bruyne and land individual glory.