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With the season now entering into the second-half and a lot of points up for grabs in quick succession, clubs know how important it is to get through this period in the best possible manner.

The current top four and its challengers are not what was expected in pre-season, but such is Premier League football that anything can happen.

Here is an update for the final five months of the season and the teams’ chances:

Leicester City

Sitting in second place, one point above the current Premier League champions, Brendan Rodgers will be feeling elated with how his squad have tackled the season so far.

They cannot let their foot off the gas with so much of the season to play, but with their form and more importantly, consistency, it looks almost settled that the Foxes will disrupt the top four and claim a Champions League position.

Manchester City N/A

While it has not been plain sailing for Pep Guardiola this season, and would not be expecting to be 14 points behind Liverpool, the Citizens will, rather comfortably, finish inside the top four.

Currently eight ahead of fourth-place Chelsea, City have far too much quality and depth within their ranks to allow anything to slip past where they are now – even if they are focussing on the Champions League.

Chelsea

The season started so brightly for Frank Lampard and his Chelsea team, but the Blues have certainly let off the pace and allowed others beneath them to catch them.

Five points is the difference between Chelsea and Manchester United, with the two teams still to play each other. The Blues might have found consistency early on in the campaign, but recent results show how stretched they have been without the addition of any new players during their transfer embargo.

Lampard will certainly look to add a player in January to improve the first-team, but his faith in youth has been repaid somewhat, with a large proportion of those breaking through impressing – especially Fikayo Tomori.

With their involvement in the Champions League as well, an inexperienced squad might just crumble towards the crucial stages of the season.

Manchester United

The worst poison for any team is inconsistency, which is what Manchester United possess in abundance. While one week they can beat both Tottenham and Manchester City, another they lose to Watford.

Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s team does not look any clearer in terms of how they want to play, which will continue to cripple them as the season goes forth. It looks an outside chance that the Red Devils will finish in the top four.

Tottenham

While José Mourinho has come in and given a lift to Tottenham, winning results are seemingly hard to come by for the Portuguese manager.

Spurs are only six points away from Chelsea, but their overall performances will have to improve drastically if they stand a chance of leapfrogging the opposition. Dependent on who they potentially could bring in in January, Spurs need a huge second-half push.

Wolves

Nuno Espirito Sancho’s players struggled emphatically early on in the campaign, but they have since bounced back and launched themselves up the table.

With a Europa League campaign to battle, it would make sense that their Premier League form takes a dip, primarily due to lack of reliable personnel who can be kept fresh.

When push comes to shove, the Portuguese boss might just feel that his resources are better spent in Europe and go for qualification to Europe’s top-tier competition by winning the Europa League. They are currently 14/1 to lift the trophy.

Sheffield United

One of the more impressive teams in the Premier League this season has been Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United.

Noone had quite expected the great work that Wilder would conduct so far during their campaign, sitting in eighth position and above Arsenal.

The Blades are most certainly an outside bet for a top four finish, but the Europa League qualification position is a realistic achievement at 10/1.

Odds are correct at the time of posting

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