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Big summer for the London trio

For all the accolades and spectacles during the season, you cannot deny the climax of the Top 4 battle held the spotlight. So it turns out that after weeks of expectation and apprehension, the top 4 teams would remain the familiar quartet - Man Utd, Man City, Chelsea and Arsenal.

It's over; the relief and elation that emanated from the victorious teams' quarters was best represented in the gusto with which Wenger punched the air and also the wholehearted cheers that greeted Rafa at the Bridge. AVB's side was left in defeat but the Spurs fans subtly conveyed the trust and hope they have in their team and coach.

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Surely not another game.....

Well, I thought last season was a marathon. Our clash with Everton will be our 69th game of this season, setting a new record, and it may not even end there.

As we (hopefully) enter the final game of the season, there is a possible set of results that would lead to a playoff, that decides which of the two teams progresses straight to the group stages, and which unlucky club then has to battle through the qualifying stages of the Champions League.

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Top Four. Are we in?

On the penultimate weekend of what's sure to be a thrilling end to the 2013/2014 EPL season, as far as the top 4 contest goes, it's still not absolutely certain who picks the 2 Champions League spots, but Chelsea's 'journey to the Holy Land in pursuit of the Holy Grail' is almost over as we need just one more win to secure our spot amongst 'the immortals'.

For Arsenal and Spurs, it's still all nerves for them with Spurs trailing the Gunners with just 1pt and their next games will be severely crucial in deciding their fates.

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The Top Four Battle @AStamBridge2Far

Since I started watching the Premier League, not one season has gone without a unique, riveting ending. From last season's sensational finish, to the 09/10 season when Chelsea whipped Wigan 8-0 to secure the title, and also the relegation battle, defining moments for the struggling teams; it's always been a recurring epic end to the season. Surely this year will be the same.

As Man Utd have clinched their 20th title, the focus is firmly on the 'top four battle' with Spurs, Arsenal and Chelsea vying for the remaining 2 spots.

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The battle for the top four. Who wants it most?

As we head into Week 35 of this years campaign, another thrilling sets of matches are on offer as the jostle for Champions League spots heat up.

Prior to last weekends games, some league fixtures were played during the week and it had a bag of mixed results for two London teams who had games in hand. Arsenal was held to a scoreless draw by Everton, whilst a confident 3-0 at Fulham sent our confidence well up

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Rediscovering that winning feeling.

It's been a tough time recently on our travels. Saturday 12th January, the start of Stoke City’s current demise, and our last road victory in the league. A worrying statistic, especially as our next two games come on the road, in the space of five days, and against teams with decent home records.

We are 7-3-5 on our travels this season, not terrible, but our last four in the league have seen us lose three and draw one. Although Everton’s point at Arsenal helped us out last night, I think we have to take four points from these two games if we want to secure Champions League football next season.

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Chelsea lose ground in top four battle.

With just 7 games, 8 for some, left to be played in the EPL, several teams are beginning to scramble for those final undecided positions in the league. The EPL is coming to a crescendo, so sit tight and enjoy the madness that pops up the screens in the next few weeks.

For Man Utd, the league is all sewn up and any climax in that regard would be to the delight of their fans. They can start celebrating. There is also the relegation battle and in that mix is QPR, Wigan, Reading, A.Villa, Sunderland. It would be interesting to see how that pans out.

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Why Chelsea will finish in the top four

The veil that masked Chelsea's previous campaign has again enveloped the club, bringing forecasts about how The Blues will end the season completely off course. In simple terms, there is a huge vacuum of uncertainty about how Chelsea will finish the season – Top Four? Or in tatters.

In spite of this ambiguity around the club and the beloved fans, I (of course predicting) still believe that Chelsea will end up clinching a spot in the Champions League, despite our erratic form.

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Blues favorites for fierce Capital derby: The Odds

There will be no love lost when Chelsea play host to arch rivals Arsenal at Stamford Bridge and the bookmakers make them odds-on favourites to beat Arsene Wenger's men.

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Saturday's Predictions

Arsenal vs QPR (15:00 GMT)

Two of our London rivals face each other day, and Chelsea fans will be hoping that QPR can hold the hosts to at least a draw, as they did against us a few weeks back.

Arsenal may be 10 points behind us, but only the foolish would rule them out of a title challenge this early, especially with a tough month of fixtures to come for us before the New Year.

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What did we learn from the Arsenal victory?

A great victory last weekend in the Premier League, against a team that were just beginning to show some title form, and on their own patch.

Juan Mata and Fernando Torres had not been at their best in recent weeks, but they turned on the style here, as the Spanish sizzlers burnt Arsenal to a crisp. Mata had been given a two-week break, which revitalized him, which we will discuss more tomorrow. As for Torres, many people were quick to claim he was “back to normal” following a few games without getting on the scoresheet, although a tidy finish early on set the Chelsea ball rolling.

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From The Opposition Corner...... Arsenal

Today, we face Arsenal in a mouthwatering lunch-time clash, with both teams still unbeaten in the league this season.

With the likes of Cazorla, Arteta, Podolski, and Ramsey in the team, they have the flair and fight to match Chelsea, although it is an area Chelsea will hope that the likes of Mata and Hazard can exploit, especially the latter, who has took the league by storm so far.

Arsenal kept it tight last year as the teams shared a scoreless draw, whilst the game at the Bridge was a 5-3 thriller, which unfortunately we came on the wrong end of. Although one shining light from that, is summer departure Robin Van Persie score a hat-trick in that game, but both Gervinho and Podolski seemed to have step into the role well so far.

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London giants face off at The Emirates: The Odds

Chelsea take on Arsenal at the Emirates this weekend and look terrific value at 3.5 with bet365 to beat their arch rivals.

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Premier League Run-In. The Predictions.

Today, I am going to have a look at the remaining games for the Champions League challengers, and offer an insight to what I think might happen, and where that would leave each club come the end of May.

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Weekend Review

The battle for Champions League spots intensified tonight, as Newcastle leapfrogged Tottenham into 4th with their sixth win on the bounce, while Arsenal and Chelsea shared the spoils in the early kick-off, and Spurs carried on their awful form with a drab 1-0 defeat to relegation threatened QPR.

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