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Let's start off with a quick look at the league table, and for those that can't quite gain everything from the details on the image to the left here, we'll quickly run through the top six teams in contention.
Manchester United lead the league with 77 points—suffering just four losses all year—and will go on to win the league, thus qualifying for the Champions League.
The same will likely happen for Manchester City who, with the three points they picked up from their derby win last week, find themselves seven points clear of Chelsea and Tottenham and nine clear of fifth-placed Arsenal. Given the talent they have on hand, it seems incredibly unlikely that the defending champions would suffer consecutive shock defeats and slip out of the top four.
So both Manchester clubs are through, leaving us looking at two remaining spots.
3rd: Chelsea, 58 points
Chelsea currently sit in third spot on 58 points but have two ongoing tournaments at the moment they must also manage (FA Cup, Europa League), which could make their squad reduced for the run home and could see them drop points to teams they would normally beat.
4th: Tottenham Hotspur, 58 points
Tottenham are in fourth (on the same number of points) and are also playing in the Europa League as well. With only one win from their past four matches, Spurs are somewhat struggling to stay in touch with the top four and face a very big month ahead.
5th and 6th: Arsenal, 56 points and Everton, 52 points
Arsenal and Everton currently sit just outside the top four—two and six points back, respectively. Both are on a roll at the moment, however, having gone undefeated in their last three games, and will be breathing down the necks of Spurs and Chelsea for a chance at a top-four berth.
All four teams vying for those last two spots have a big chance to finish inside the top four. Let's break down those teams even more closely now, and explore their season so far as well as their run home in the remainder of the 2012-13 season.