Race for the Premier League top four – How things stand after the north London derby

The curtains are set to close for the 2021/22 Premier League season this coming week when the last game is played.

The battle for the Premier League title is set to collapse, with Manchester City and Liverpool separated by just three points with two games remaining.

The same could be said of the battle of the top four, with three teams, all from London still on the cusp.

Chelsea extended their margin to Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur with a home win on Wednesday night at home to Leeds United.

The win secured the Blues a four-point advantage over their London rivals.

Thomas Tuchel could have automatically qualified for the Champions League on Thursday night had Arsenal beaten Tottenham Hotspur.

This did not happen despite Tottenham winning the north London derby, 3-0, meaning the battle continues into the penultimate weekend of the league season.

Antonio Conte’s team win put them back in the race for the top four, now sitting a point below Arsenal.

So what are the permutations?

Tottenham and Arsenal still need to win the remaining two games to have a realistic chance of catching Chelsea.

Arsenal will play away to Newcastle before a home match against relegation-threatened Everton.

On the other hand, Tottenham plays with Burnley and Norwich in their remaining matches.

For the Blues, one point from their remaining home games against Leicester City and Watford could be enough to secure the top four.

Tuchel’s side has a superior goal difference and can afford to draw in both games and stay in the Champions League next season regardless of other results.