The English Premier League season is hurtling towards the finishing line at break-neck speed.
Last season's champions Manchester City are a massive 15 points adrift of Manchester United at the top of the table, and it looks as though they have no chance of retaining their title.
The race for a Champions League spot between the three biggest teams in London—Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal—will no doubt go right down to the wire and nobody in the bottom half of the table is yet safe from relegation.
It's shaping up to be another fantastic end to the EPL season.
With that in mind, I thought it would be a good idea to predict how many points each team in the EPL will finish the season with.
I've used the English Premier League table as it stands now—on Thursday 21 March 2013—as the base for this article (sourced via www.premierleague.com).
The list is in reverse order, from the bottom of the Premier League to the champions at the top.
Each slide will include each team's current league position, their current points total, a run down of their remaining league fixtures and who I think their key player will be during the run-in.
I'll then predict how many points I think that they will pick up between now and the middle of May, when the season ends.
Bear in mind that the following slides, and order of the final Premier League table, are based only on my opinions.
Current Position: 19th
Current Points Total: 23
Remaining Fixtures: Arsenal (a), Southampton (h), Liverpool (h), Norwich (a), QPR (h), Fulham (a), Man City (h), West Ham (a)
Key Player: Adam Le Fondre (pictured)
If Reading have any chance of avoiding relegation, then Adam Le Fondre's goals could be the key.
He's a born goalscorer, and he's proved it at the highest level this season.
If you're going by the form guide, Reading have picked up only three points in their last six matches, losing five in a row.
Reading have to play some of the sides who are in and around them in the league.
In the next month or so, their home games against Southampton and QPR, as well as their trip to Norwich, will define whether they stay up or not.
Sadly, I think they'll struggle to pick up enough points between now and the end of the season to stay up.
The problem is that Reading are so devoid of confidence at the moment and the players don't know who the new manager will be.
It's not likely that they'll beat Arsenal, Liverpool or Manchester City.
Fulham and West Ham are tough places to go and they'd do well to get anything from those games.
Between now and the end of May, I think they'll pick up no more than seven points, which will see them finish bottom of the table.
Predicted Points Total: 30
Current League Position: 20th
Current Points Total: 23
Remaining Fixtures: Fulham (a), Wigan (h), Everton (a), Stoke (h), Reading (a), Arsenal (h), Newcastle (h), Liverpool (a)
Key Player: Christopher Samba (pictured)
QPR are in another relegation dog fight because, to be quite honest, their players are overpaid and they've underperformed.
Yes, there's been a difference since Harry Redknapp replaced Mark Hughes in the manager's office, but he has some of the same problems that Hughes had.
Defensively, QPR are suspect at best. However, in Christopher Samba they have a top-class, experienced Premier League defender, and his form will be key to their chances of survival.
In an interview published on the BBC website yesterday, Harry Redknapp admitted that:
We need to win four or five games. It is not impossible. While there is hope, you keep believing.
Harry's assessment that QPR need at least four wins from their last eight games is probably true, but QPR have won only four league games all season.
Even the most ardent QPR fan would admit it's a huge ask for them to win at least four of their last eight.
They've picked up seven points from their last six games.
I think they'll pick up ten points from their last eight, which will see them move off the bottom of the league, but it won't be enough to keep them in it.
Predicted Points Total: 33
Current Position: 17th
Current Points Total: 30
Remaining Fixtures: Liverpool (h), Stoke (a), Fulham (h), Man Utd (a), Sunderland (h), Norwich (a), Chelsea (h), Wigan (a)
Key Player: Andy Weimann (pictured)
It must be tough to be a Villa fan right now.
Just a few years ago, they were contenders for a European spot and now they're fighting just to stay in the league.
It's not the manager's fault. It's not even the players' fault.
You can see that they're working as hard as they can, but they just lack that wee bit of experience to see them through the tough times.
Christian Benteke might get the plaudits when Villa play well, and rightly so, but Andy Weimann has scored his share of important goals this season too.
He often goes un-noticed, but the little fella works his socks off every week and he will be just as important as Benteke if Villa stay up.
My prediction that Villa will finish 18th seems bizarre considering they've picked up 10 points in their last five games, but in my opinion, they've peaked too early.
Villa have an incredibly tough run of games between now and the middle of May.
They should already write off the games against Liverpool, Man Utd and Chelsea.
Stoke and Norwich are hard places to go and get results as well.
Villa will keep picking up points here and there before the end of the season.
It's highly likely that they'll pick up seven points from their last eight games, but the season will still end in heartbreak for everyone connected with Aston Villa.
Predicted Points Total: 37
Current Position: 15th
Current Points Total: 31
Remaining Fixtures: Man Utd (h), Chelsea (a), Newcastle (a), Everton (h), Aston Villa (a), Stoke (h), Southampton (h), Tottenham (a)
Key Player: Steven Fletcher (pictured)
If you needed anything to illustrate how badly Sunderland have struggled in terms of goals this season, Steven Fletcher has scored 11 of their 33 goals.
That's a third of their total for the entire season.
Take the Scotsman out of the team, and they could be in a worse position than they are now.
If a team don't score a lot of goals, they have to keep things tight at the back, but Sunderland don't do that.
They concede sloppy goals and the table doesn't lie—Sunderland are in deep trouble.
I can't see them picking up any points in their next four games, but the match at Villa Park at the end of April will be their turning point.
Martin O'Neill could very well return to haunt Villa that night, and they're capable of winning their last two home games to earn nine points from those three matches.
That should see them just avoid relegation and no more.
Predicted Points Total: 40
Current Position: 18th
Current Points Total: 27
Remaining Fixtures: Norwich (h), QPR (a), Man City (a), West Ham (a), Tottenham (h), West Brom (a), Swansea (h), Arsenal (a), Aston Villa (h)
Key Player: Ali Al-Habsi (pictured)
Every season, it seems like Wigan Athletic's luck will run out.
They end up in the bottom three as it gets toward the business end of the season, but they always get themselves out of trouble.
There's no better example of that than last season.
Wigan looked certain to be relegated, but they went on a run of title winning proportions, beating the likes of Liverpool, Arsenal, Newcastle and Man Utd to avoid relegation.
They have form for beating the drop and there's no reason to think that this season will be any different.
If they do manage to do it again, Ali Al-Habsi will have to be at the top of his game and remind us why he's one of the most highly rated goalkeepers in the league.
Wigan are good enough to get four wins and two draws from their last nine games.
That will earn them 14 points and see their love affair with the English Premier League continue for at least another season.
Predicted Points Total: 41
Current Position: 16th
Current Points Total: 31
Remaining Fixtures: Chelsea (h), Reading (a), West Ham (h), Swansea (a), West Brom (h), Tottenham (a), Sunderland (a), Stoke (h)
Key Player: Rickie Lambert (pictured)
The Saints have had an unlucky first season back in the Premier League.
They should have earned more points than they've got on the board.
Their performances have been good enough, but stupid defensive mistakes have cost them dearly.
That's why they find themselves amongst the teams battling for survival.
Rickie Lambert was someone I'd heard an awful lot about before the season started, but I'd not seen much of him.
However, over the course of the season, I've seen him play a few times and Lambert has scored some great goals.
Important ones too.
He's an intelligent footballer who can create and score all kinds of goals.
Lambert is a priceless commodity, and he's the key to Southampton surviving.
Southampton's last two wins at home have come against Manchester City and Liverpool, so Chelsea had better not underestimate them next weekend.
Saints have enough about them to earn 10 points from their remaining fixtures, which will secure their place in the Premier League for next season.
Predicted Points Total: 41
Current Position: 12th
Current Points Total: 34
Remaining Fixtures: Wigan (a), Swansea (h), Arsenal (a), Reading (h), Stoke (a), Aston Villa (h), West Brom (h), Man City (a)
Key Player: Grant Holt (pictured)
Norwich have been steady if unspectacular this season.
In their second year back at English football's top table, the Canaries have gone about their business well under Chris Hughton.
They have players who are capable of scoring goals, like Anthony Pilkington and Grant Holt, but they can be suspect at the back at times, which is why their Premier League status for next year hasn't been secured yet.
Norwich might only have won once in their last ten games, but they've only lost one of their last seven.
It's drawing games that is proving to be their Achilles heel.
If you put their matches against Arsenal and Manchester City to one side, then there's no reason why Norwich can't pick up enough points to retain their Premier League place.
In an interview with BBC Radio Norfolk on Tuesday (sourced via bbc.co.uk/football), Canaries defender Russell Martin set out what he thinks will secure Norwich's Premier League safety:
Two more wins should definitely do it. It's a big ask for the teams below us to get to that 40-point mark. We want to get to 40 points as quickly as possible and see where we go.
Two wins is the least that Norwich should be able to achieve from their remaining games.
As long as Norwich pick up points from their four home games, they'll be fine.
In fact, I think they'll win two and draw two of their remaining home games, and earn eight points in the process, to ensure they're playing Premier League football again next season.
Predicted Points Total: 42
Current Position: 14th
Current Points Total: 33
Remaining Fixtures: West Brom (h), Liverpool (a), Southampton (a), Man Utd (h), Wigan (h), Man City (a), Newcastle (h), Everton (a), Reading (h)
Key Player: Mohamed Diame (pictured)
The uncertainty over Sam Allardyce's future is threatening to overshadow the competent job that he's done at West Ham.
Big Sam has pretty much done what was asked of him when he took over.
He got West Ham promoted back to the Premier League at the first time of asking, and it looks as though they'll avoid relegation in their first season back in the division.
Sam has done what he always does in the transfer market—wheel and deal.
That's why he was able to get Andy Carroll on loan from Liverpool and sign the man who I think has been their player of the season—Mohamed Diame.
Diame didn't strike me as a marquee signing when he arrived, but he's made a tremendous contribution to the Hammers' cause with important goals and dominant midfield displays.
In terms of their remaining matches, West Ham have five home games between now and the end of the season.
Just three wins from their last nine games will see them safe.
If you pushed me to pick, the games against West Brom, Wigan and Newcastle are the ones they should win to make sure they're playing Premier League football again next August.
Predicted Points Total: 42
Current Position: 11th
Current Points Total: 34
Remaining Fixtures: Everton (a), Aston Villa (h), Man Utd (h), QPR (a), Norwich (h), Sunderland (a), Tottenham (h), Southampton (a)
Key Player: Ryan Shawcross (pictured)
It's not been the most exciting season for Stoke City.
They've not been bad, but they've not exactly set the world on fire either have they?
Stoke are comfortably mid-table right now and you'd have to think that the clubs in the bottom three have an impossible task to reign them in.
Tony Pulis has done a great job at Stoke and whether you love how Stoke play or you don't, you have to respect the success they've had because of it.
Promotion to the Premier League, staying in the division, qualifying for cup finals and a European adventure have all come Stoke's way over the last few years, and they've earned it.
Pulis and his players will be frustrated that they've not been able to turn some of their draws into victories, but that's just the nature of the game sometimes.
It's rare for Stoke to concede a lot of goals and although Asmir Begovic has his suitors, Ryan Shawcross has been a key player for Stoke as well.
The defender has improved season after season, and his strength will be a key factor as the season draws to a close.
Stoke won't fear any of their remaining opponents.
They will feel that they are capable of beating every one of them, although that's very unlikely to happen.
I think they'll earn nine points from their last eight games to see them finish comfortably mid-table.
Predicted Points Total: 43
Current Position: 13th
Current Points Total: 33
Remaining Fixtures: Man City (a), Fulham (h), Sunderland (h), West Brom (a), Liverpool (h), West Ham (a), QPR (a), Arsenal (h)
Key Player: Moussa Sissoko (pictured)
At the start of the season, it's doubtful that you'd have expected to see Newcastle fighting off the threat of relegation.
But that's the situation the Magpies find themselves in.
Despite having a squad full of talented players like Hatem Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye, Jonas Gutierrez and Papiss Cisse, Newcastle have criminally underperformed this season.
Especially in the latter part of 2012.
However, since January, the signings of Mathieu Debuchy and particularly Moussa Sissoko have seen Newcastle kick on.
There's been a vast improvement from the Magpies in terms of their performances.
The aforementioned Moussa Sissoko has been a huge part of that.
Sissoko's powerful midfield displays have already made him something of a cult figure up north.
His two goals against Chelsea certainly went a long way towards that!
Newcastle have more than enough quality throughout their squad to pull away from the threat of relegation.
They'll pick up 11 points from their remaining games to finish, like Stoke, comfortably mid-table.
Predicted Points Total: 44
Current Position: 10th
Current Points Total: 36
Remaining Fixtures: QPR (h), Newcastle (a), Aston Villa (a), Arsenal (h), Everton (a), Reading (h), Liverpool (h), Swansea (a)
Key Player: Dimitar Berbatov (pictured)
Fulham are one of those rare clubs who you can describe as an established Premier League club.
They're never in danger of relegation, but they rarely threaten the top end of the table either.
Fulham have an excellent manager in Martin Jol, as well as a top-class finisher and match-winner in Dimitar Berbatov.
The Bulgarian might cut a frustrating figure at times with his languid demeanour, but he is capable of producing moments of magic.
That's why Martin Jol brought him to the club and that's why his fans tolerate his almost lazy style of play.
As they proved last Sunday when they beat Spurs, Fulham are capable of winning against the big boys, so they won't have any reason to fear playing Arsenal or Liverpool as the season draws to a close.
If you offered Martin Jol eight points from his last few games, he'd probably take that.
Strangely enough, that's what I see Fulham taking from their opponents before the end of the season.
Predicted Points Total: 44
Current Position: 8th
Current Points Total: 44
Remaining Fixtures: West Ham (a), Arsenal (h), Newcastle (h), Southampton (a), Wigan (h), Norwich (a), Man Utd (h)
Key Player: Romelu Lukaku (pictured)
What an absolutely fantastic job Steve Clarke has done in his first season as a manager at West Brom.
Being a football manager must be hard enough at the best of times, never mind in your first season, but Clarke has shown that he's one of the country's top coaches.
Even throughout the Peter Odemwingie fiasco—which is just getting beyond the joke now in my opinion—Clarke has handled himself with dignity and class.
They're admirable qualities to have and it shows why Clarke is so well respected among his peers.
His best signing?
Without a shadow of a doubt, it was getting Romelu Lukaku on loan from Chelsea.
The big Belgian teenager reminds me of Didier Drogba when he first came to England.
Pace, power, strength and an eye for goal.
He's unplayable at times.
It makes you wonder why Chelsea kept Torres, but let Lukaku go out on loan doesn't it?
As good as West Brom have been this season, I think the wheels will fall off a little bit before it's all said and done.
They will give a good account of themselves, but my feeling is that they'll only pick up another five points before the end of the current campaign.
Predicted Points Total: 49
Current Position: 9th
Current Points Total: 40
Remaining Fixtures: Tottenham (h), Norwich (a), Southampton (h), Chelsea (a), Man City (h), Wigan (a), Man United (a), Fulham (h)
Key Player: Ashley Williams (pictured)
Having just described West Brom's season under Steve Clarke as fantastic, yours truly struggled to find a suitable adjective that puts Swansea's centenary season into words.
Sensational was the best one that came to mind.
Michael Laudrup and his players recently won the first major trophy in Swansea's history, and they played terrific football to do it.
They've put the so-called "big" teams in their place this season, earning positive results against Chelsea, Arsenal and Man United in the league.
While Michu has got a lot of plaudits this season for his fine goalscoring form, it's one of Swansea's defenders who has impressed me more.
Ashley Williams has come out on top against some of the best forwards in the world and not only has he handled them with aplomb, he's shown he can handle pressure situations by doing so.
If Williams is still at Swansea when next season kicks off, I'd be surprised because, with the greatest of respect to Swansea, he could easily play at a higher level.
Swansea's season should end the way it started.
With great football, consistency and points in the bag.
It wouldn't be unreasonable to expect Swansea to earn another 10 points and break the 50-point barrier in the process.
Predicted Points Total: 50
Current Position: 7th
Current Points Total: 45
Remaining Fixtures: Aston Villa (a), West Ham (h), Reading (a), Chelsea (h), Newcastle (a), Everton (h), Fulham (a), QPR (h)
Key Player: Luis Suarez (pictured)
In years gone by, Steven Gerrard has been the man who has hauled Liverpool through games that they struggled to win.
This season, however, it's been the little Uruguayan magician Luis Suarez who's done that.
He has shown everyone what a fantastic player, and finisher, he is this season.
Yes, he still frustrates us when he hits the deck too easily and he's impetuous at times, but Liverpool fans wouldn't have him any other way.
The biggest problem Liverpool have had this season has been their inconsistency.
They've dropped points in games that they've completely dominated, like both games against Man City and against Arsenal at the Emirates,
Defenders like Jamie Carragher, Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger have made horrific individual mistakes and it's cost Liverpool dear.
That same inconsistency will plague them until the season draws to a close, and my prediction is that Liverpool will win another nine points before the end of the 2013 campaign.
Predicted Points Total: 54
Current Position: 6th
Current Points Total: 48
Remaining Fixtures: Stoke (h), Tottenham (a), QPR (h), Arsenal (a), Sunderland (a), Fulham (h), Liverpool (a), West Ham (h), Chelsea (a)
Key Player: Marouane Fellaini (pictured)
Everton started the season on fire, playing some of the best football in the league and putting teams to the sword doing it.
They've beaten Man Utd, Tottenham and Man City at home this season, but they lose against the "smaller" teams in the league.
We've seen the good and bad of Everton in the last two weeks alone.
Two weeks ago, they lost 3-0 at home to Wigan in the FA Cup, but last weekend, they beat Man City 2-0 with 10 men after Steven Pienaar was sent off.
It's ridiculous, and David Moyes must pull his hair out sometimes!
Talking of hair—what a good segue that was!—that brings us to one of the contenders for player of the season, Marouane Fellaini.
The Belgian ace has been imperious at times during the season and he's put in some dominant performances.
Not only that, but he's added goals to his game as well.
At the age of just 25, Fellaini is coming towards the peak of his career and Everton will do well to hang on to him.
Everton have a pretty tough final run of fixtures as the season draws to a close.
They have to travel to Tottenham, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea.
Those games will be a true test for a side that harbours hopes of qualifying for Europe next year.
Even if they don't pick up any points from those away games, which is unlikely given the talent they have, Everton have more than enough about them to pick up another eight points from their remaining matches.
Predicted Points Total: 56
Current Position: 3rd
Current Points Total: 55
Remaining Fixtures: Southampton (a), Sunderland (h), Tottenham (h), Fulham (a), Liverpool (a), Swansea (h), Man Utd (a), Aston Villa (a), Everton (h)
Key Player: Frank Lampard (pictured)
Regular readers will know that Chelsea aren't exactly one of my favourite teams.
There are many reasons for that.
Like the influence that the senior players seem to have with the chairman, as well as the chairman's trigger happy nature when it comes to hiring and firing managers, but those are stories for another time.
Chelsea's fixture list between now and the end of the season is heavily congested, with some difficult domestic and European ties to negotiate before the players go on their summer holidays.
With John Terry apparently out of favour with Rafael Benitez, the Chelsea fans are looking more and more to Frank Lampard to inspire his team-mates.
As usual, Frank has stepped up to the plate when his club have needed him and been Chelsea's "Mr. Dependable" over the last few months.
The fact that Chelsea are prepared to let Lampard leave for nothing in the summer is nothing short of a disgrace.
Lampard has shown over the last few months that he can still dictate games and score goals, so why are they letting him leave?
If he does leave, Frank will want to go out on a high, but because their fixture list is so congested and tough, with games against Man Utd, Liverpool and Spurs to come over the next few weeks, that might not happen.
I can see Chelsea struggling to cope with an overloaded fixture list and only picking up seven points between now and May 19th.
If that happens, Chelsea will miss out on the top four and the Champions League place that goes with it.
Predicted Points Total: 62
Current Position: 5th
Current Points Total: 50
Remaining Fixtures: Reading (h), West Brom (a), Norwich (h), Everton (h), Fulham (a), Man Utd (h), QPR (a), Wigan (h), Newcastle (a)
Key Player: Santi Cazorla (pictured)
It's been a difficult year for Arsene Wenger.
Some of Arsenal's results have been embarrassing this season and, for the first time, sections of the Arsenal support have questioned his judgement.
They were turfed out of the Capital One Cup by lowly Bradford, before being put out of the FA Cup by Blackburn.
For a club of Arsenal's size and stature, that's just simply not good enough.
The time has come for Wenger to admit that some of his signings have been extremely poor.
With the greatest of respect, players like Gervinho, Squillaci, Chamakh, Arshavin and Andre Santos are nowhere near good enough to play for Arsenal.
It's time for Arsenal to go out and do something to give their fans some hope.
Ironically, their exit from the Champions League might just do that.
It allows Arsenal to fully concentrate on making sure that they can get back there next season.
If they're to finish in the top four yet again, then Santi Cazorla will play a huge part in that.
The little Spaniard is the one player who seems to make Arsenal tick.
Cazorla can influence the game better from the middle of the park instead of the wider areas, and if Arsenal play him alongside someone like Tomas Rosicky, they'll get the best out of him.
Looking at their remaining fixtures, I'd be amazed if Arsenal don't pick up at least 15 points before the end of the season, and there's absolutely no reason why they shouldn't.
Predicted Points Total: 65
Current Position: 4th
Current Points Total: 54
Remaining Fixtures: Swansea (a), Everton (h), Chelsea (a), Man City (h), Wigan (a), Southampton (h), Stoke (a), Sunderland (h)
Key Player: Gareth Bale (pictured)
This season could see Spurs finish inside the top four for the second year running, and nobody would grudge them that.
They have been hugely impressive under Andre Villas-Boas this season and have played some of the best football in the country.
As things stand right now, Spurs are the only side to have taken any points from Old Trafford this season.
In Gareth Bale, they have something that every top side needs.
Bale is in phenomenal form right now. If he can eradicate the diving from his game, he could go on to be one of the greats.
Spurs have eight league games left.
That little three game run that's coming up will be their toughest test—Everton at home, Chelsea away and Man City at home.
If Spurs can come out of those three games with six, or even seven points, they're absolutely certain to qualify for the Champions League and finish third in the league.
Either way, Spurs will pick up 12 points from their remaining games, and like Arsenal, they'll qualify for next year's Champions League.
Predicted Points Total: 65
Current Position: 2nd
Current Points Total: 59
Remaining Fixtures: Newcastle (h), Man Utd (a), Wigan (h), Tottenham (a), West Ham (h), Swansea (a), Reading (a), Norwich (h)
Key Player: Yaya Toure (pictured)
It's a tough task to retain the Premier League title.
Manchester City have found that out to their cost this season.
They haven't looked like the same side.
At times, City have been disjointed, inept and all at sea.
It's incredible to think that this is the side that won the Premier League last season.
Simply put, they haven't been good enough.
The table doesn't lie.
Mancini either didn't have the option to enhance the squad with the players he wanted, or he's bought poor players.
While Man Utd were busy shelling out £24 million to buy Robin van Persie from Arsenal, City bought the likes of Javi Garcia, Maicon and Scott Sinclair.
It's like night and day isn't it?
David Silva hasn't been the same player, Carlos Tevez and Vincent Kompany have blown hot and cold, and Sergio Aguero has had injury problems.
City's two most consistent performers have been Edin Dzeko and Yaya Toure.
Without some of Dzeko's late goals, City would be further behind and in the big games, Toure has stepped up when some of his team-mates haven't.
I'd rather have 11 Yaya Toure's than 11 Samir Nasri's to be honest.
Toure's versatility is his own downfall sometimes, though.
He should be played in an attacking role, where he can influence the game more and create chances.
If City can do that in their remaining games, they might reduce the gap at the top, but I wouldn't bet on it.
Roberto Mancini's men will end up winning another 17 points, but it won't be enough to help them to retain their title.
Predicted Points Total: 76
Current Position: 1st
Current Points Total: 74
Remaining Fixtures: Sunderland (a), Man City (h), Stoke (a), West Ham (a), Aston Villa (h), Arsenal (a), Chelsea (h), Swansea (h), West Brom (a)
Key Player: Wayne Rooney (pictured)
All signs point to Sir Alex Ferguson and his team reclaiming their Premier League crown this season.
They've only dropped three points at home all season, which was when they lost 3-2 to Spurs in September.
Manchester United haven't lost in the league since Norwich beat them 1-0 at Carrow Road way back on November 17th.
Since then, only Swansea and Tottenham have taken points off United.
They've won 15 of their last 17 league games.
That's why they're guaranteed to reclaim the Premier League title.
In fact, it's a fair assumption that they'll go through the rest of the season unbeaten.
If they are to do that, then United will need Wayne Rooney happy and playing well.
Rooney's infectious enthusiasm for the game is great to see, and he has the ability to conjure up something out of nothing.
Along with the likes of Ryan Giggs, Rio Ferdinand and Robin van Persie, Rooney's displays can influence the rest of United's season.
In terms of their upcoming fixtures, United may have to play Man City, Arsenal and Chelsea inside a month, but the way they've been playing, it's hard to see where they will drop points.
Those three games are the most likely places, but then again, United are capable of winning every single one of their last nine games.
My gut feeling is that United will pick up another 18 points before the end of the season and finish top of the pile with 92 points.
Predicted Points Total: 92
So, let's take a look at how I think the overall Premier League table will look by the time this season comes to an end on 19th May 2013.
Manchester United - 92 points
Manchester City - 76 points
Tottenham - 66 points
Arsenal - 65 points
Chelsea - 62 points
Everton - 56 points
Liverpool - 54 points
Swansea - 50 points
West Brom - 49 points
Fulham - 44 points
Newcastle - 44 points
Stoke - 43 points
West Ham - 42 points
Norwich - 42 points
Southampton - 41 points
Wigan Athletic - 41 points
Sunderland - 40 points
Aston Villa - 37 points
QPR - 33 points
Reading - 30 points
If my predictions are correct, Man United will win the league and qualify for the Champions League, along with Man City, Tottenham and Arsenal. Chelsea will end up in the Europa League again.
It would also mean that Aston Villa, QPR and Reading are relegated from the Premier League.
Keep in mind, folks, that these are just my predictions.
It doesn't mean that this is what will actually happen!
Hopefully we'll get some debate going.
Feel free to leave your own predictions below about where each team will finish the season.