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Leicester and Spurs seek title, Man City want UCL, Toon agony or ecstasy

With the international break over, it's back to domestic matters and the final stages of what has been a fascinating season.

Plenty of clubs have it all to play for with Leicester the unlikely leaders as we enter the home straight and Manchester City now in a battle just to finish in the top four. Aston Villa look doomed at the bottom but there's still a handful of sides nervously looking over their shoulder.

Elsewhere, the likes of Southampton and Stoke have Europe on their minds and for some clubs, the tranquility of a run without a relegation battle will be welcome relief.

Here's a look at the current Premier League table as it is, and what each club has to play for in the final matches of the campaign ...

LEICESTER: Champions League football is almost secured and the Premier League title is Leicester's to lose. The season must be commemorated, whatever happens, with a parade and perhaps even a public holiday in the city. The fact that Leicester could lift the league trophy at Claudio Ranieri's old club Chelsea makes the fairytale even more magical.
Predicted finish: 1st -- Ben Jacobs

TOTTENHAM: Spurs have never finished higher than fourth in the Premier League, not ended up above north London rivals Arsenal since 1995 and they last won the title in 1961. All of those goals are achievable now and Champions League qualification looks the least Spurs can achieve, given they sit 10 points ahead of fourth-placed Manchester City, albeit having played an extra game. Yet there are tricky challenges ahead -- Mauricio Pochettino's side face Liverpool (away), Manchester United (home) and Stoke City (away) in their next three games and visit Chelsea at the start of May.
Predicted finish: 2nd -- Ben Pearce

ARSENAL: As long as it is mathematically possible to win the Premier League, Arsenal have to at least act like they can do it. Realistically, though, it's about securing a top four place yet again this season, and if Arsene Wenger succeeds in that it will shield him from growing supporter discontent.
Predicted finish: 3rd -- Tom Adams

MAN CITY: So much regret, yet so much to look forward to. League Cup pocketed; first-ever Champions League quarterfinal secured; Pep Guardiola at the door, yet unrest whirls around the Etihad. An underperforming boss in Manuel Pellegrini, ticketing issues, forfeiting the FA Cup by fielding an under-strength XI, injuries, mis-managing resources and the league title thrown away. Another legendary Manchester City pickle.
Predicted finish: 4th and Champions League quarterfinals -- Simon Curtis


WEST HAM: The Hammers are enjoying a magnificent season and a Champions League place and a Cup final appearance are real possibilities. Manchester United have still to visit Upton Park in both competitions, however, and that is likely to be the key to success or failure.
Predicted finish: 6th and FA Cup winners -- Peter Thorne

MAN UNITED: The theme of United's season is to fall painfully short of their potential after showing early promise, and so if the next few months follow that frustrating pattern, it looks as though they will be defeated in the FA Cup final and outside the top four.
Predicted finish: 5th -- Musa Okwonga

SOUTHAMPTON: Saints are dreaming of bringing European football to St Mary's for the second season in a row, but their dreadful midseason run of one victory in 10 matches may see Ronald Koeman's men miss out on the top-six finish required to secure a Europa League place.
Predicted finish: 7th -- Alex Crook

STOKE: There's still plenty on offer. European qualification is the ultimate aim and while that is possible, their changeable form and the continued absence of Ryan Shawcross means it may be step too far. Points wise, a record-breaking finish remains on the cards, as Mark Hughes continues to impressively chip away at the glass ceiling he inherited.
Predicted finish: 8th -- James Whittaker

LIVERPOOL: League form is so erratic that it would be anybody's guess where the Reds finish. First half at Southampton: absolutely superb. Second half: utterly woeful. That's in the same game! Borussia Dortmund will probably have a bit too much for them in the Europa League too.
Predicted finish: 8th and Europa League quarterfinals -- Steven Kelly

CHELSEA: Ordinarily at this stage of the season, Chelsea supporters would be chattering excitedly about playing at grand European stadiums, winning the Premier League title or maybe another trip to Wembley. This time around, none of those things apply. Given the abject attitude of many of the players, midtable is better than the team deserves.
Predicted finish: 10th -- Mark Worrall

WEST BROM: With 39 points on the board, West Brom are well clear of relegation with another season of Premier League football seemingly assured. They will now want to finish as high up the table as possible, with Tony Pulis hoping to make the top 10 for the first time in his career.
Predicted finish: 12th -- Matthew Evans

EVERTON: Home form is on the brink of setting new all-time lows and the FA Cup is the one saving grace for an under pressure Roberto Martinez. But you would not put it past an inconsistent Everton finishing in the bottom half while ending a 21-year wait for silverware.
Predicted finish: 11th and FA Cup winners -- Luke O'Farrell

BOURNEMOUTH: The Cherries are almost certainly safe but their 3-0 loss at Tottenham in their last match before the international break was their worst performance of the season. Eddie Howe's team need to show why they are worth their place in the elite.
Predicted finish: 14th -- Steve Menary

WATFORD: The Hornets have avoided the bottom three all season, which is not easy for a newly promoted club, but they aren't sitting as comfortably as they were a few months ago. Current form is terrible (excluding the cup run) and while relegation is unlikely, it is important to finish on the up. A couple more victories in the league would ensure this is seen as a great season.
Predicted finish: 15th -- Michael Moruzzi

SWANSEA: In their previous four Premier League seasons, Swansea punched above their weight before tailing off towards the end. This season has been the opposite -- months of under-performance and now a chance for a strong finish. The club has more or less secured survival; finding a way to reassert the Swansea swagger is still something to play for.
Predicted finish: 14th -- Max Hicks

CRYSTAL PALACE: Avoiding relegation and winning the FA Cup means there's plenty left to do. Two more wins in the league and two more wins the cup is all that's needed -- and to be honest, both are totally attainable. If Alan Pardew's men do manage to lift the famous trophy at Wembley in May this horrible, 13-game winless league run in 2016 so far might be quickly forgotten ... if the Eagles stay up.
Predicted finish: 16th and FA Cup finalists -- Jim Daly

NORWICH: Alex Neil's side looked doomed after a 10-game winless run but a battling draw against Manchester City and a vital 1-0 victory at West Brom suggest it is premature to pen their obituary. Crunch home games against relegation rivals Newcastle and Sunderland will go a long way to deciding the Canaries' fate.
Predicted finish: 17th -- Paddy Davitt


SUNDERLAND: Sam Allardyce reckons four wins and a draw from eight games may be needed for survival. That optimistic target can just about be achieved if the five home clashes against Leicester, Arsenal and Chelsea count. The trip to Norwich is absolutely vital and a must-win.
Predicted finish: 17th -- Colin Randall

NEWCASTLE UNITED: The Toon are pretty much playing for their long-term wellbeing in the final eight games of the season. Fail to stay up and they not only lose their top flight status but they'll also lose Rafael Benitez, a huge pile of television money to the tune of £100 million and the possibility of long-term Premier League exodus if top stars force a way out of the club. It really is agony or ecstasy in the next couple of months.
Predicted finish: 17th -- Lee Ryder

ASTON VILLA: This is the stage of the season where all that's left to play for is pride but judging on recent performances, Villa's players don't seem overly concerned with exiting the Premier League with heads held high. Relegation could be confirmed as humiliatingly early as the middle of April. A couple of victories after that would at least allow Villa to top the 20-point mark and give supporters a marginal boost ahead of what's going to be a huge summer overhaul of players and coaching staff.
Predicted finish: 20th -- Kevin Hughes

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