Arsenal and Man Utd’s opportunity to raise Tottenham Champions League question for Antonio Conte

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Arsenal and Man Utd's opportunity to raise Tottenham Champions League question for Antonio Conte

Antonio Conte and his Tottenham team will be praying that Saturday’s 1-0 home defeat against Brighton & Hove Albion does not prove too costly in the top-four race come the final day. In excellent form prior to the game following seven wins from their last nine league encounters, Spurs were not at the races and were duly punished following Leandro Trossard’s late winner.

Looking to be a goal that could prove decisive in the race for a Champions League spot with Arsenal and Manchester United kicking off at 3pm, thankfully the Gunners didn’t take full advantage of Tottenham’s defeat as they themselves lost 1-0 away at Southampton.

Manchester United, on the other hand, needed a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick to beat basement boys Norwich City 3-2, with West Ham only collecting a point against struggling Burnley on Sunday. Tottenham remain in fourth following last weekend’s results but the Red Devils have now leapfrogged Arsenal and both teams are three points behind Spurs, with West Ham trailing by a further two points.

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Missing such a big opportunity to extend their lead to six points heading into the final six fixtures, Spurs’ defeat highlighted that nothing will be straightforward and that there will be plenty more twists and turns over the coming weeks. With another big week of Premier League action on the cards, the league table could look a lot different by the time Tottenham take on Brentford in the evening kick-off on Saturday.

That is because their nearest rivals are all in action during midweek, starting with Manchester United’s trip to Liverpool on Tuesday evening. A game not many will be expecting Ralf Rangnick’s men to get anything from given Liverpool’s red-hot form, the Red Devils are going to have to deliver some performance if they are to leave Anfield with points in the bag.

Arsenal then play their game in hand 24 hours later as they make the trip across the capital to face Chelsea. Losing four of their last five league fixtures, the Gunners need to turn things around and get back on track if they are to pip Spurs to a top-four finish.

Mikel Arteta’s side then face another tricky encounter on Saturday lunchtime when they host Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium. In a game which will be pivotal to both side’s top-four ambitions, it’s one no team can afford to lose nor draw as it could possibly allow Spurs the chance to move clear of them depending on how results go in midweek.

Two wins for Arsenal or Manchester United and it would really turn up the heat on Tottenham prior to their game away at Brentford. The Bees have been in terrific form with five wins from their last six fixtures to move away from the relegation zone, with Christian Eriksen playing a huge role since his move to the club.

Finally, West Ham round off the weekend with a tough game away at Chelsea. Already facing an uphill task as they trail Spurs by five points, the Hammers need to triumph at Stamford Bridge if they are to have any chance of qualifying for the Champions League via the league.

All Tottenham need to do at present is concentrate on themselves and win their games as they look to return to Europe’s premier competition for the first time since the 2019/20 campaign. It’s another big week in the top-four race and all in N17 will have their fingers crossed that results go their way once again.

This week’s decisive Premier League fixtures:

Tuesday, April 19

Liverpool vs Man United – 8pm

Wednesday, April 20

Chelsea vs Arsenal – 7.45pm

Saturday, April 23

Arsenal vs Man United – 12.30pm

Brentford vs Tottenham – 5.30pm

Sunday, April 24

Chelsea vs West Ham – 2pm

Source by Football London

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