What the contenders need to do to secure Champions League qualification

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MANCHESTER CITY look set to stroll into next season’s Champions League after taking a 13-point lead over their nearest rivals with 12 games to play.

But the rest of the top six have plenty to play four as they chase the remaining three places available through the Premier League.

 Pep Guardiola has taken the Premier League by storm this season

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Pep Guardiola has taken the Premier League by storm this season

Arsenal, of course, could copy Manchester United and make it through the Europa League.

And all five English Champions League entrants are still in with a shout of qualifying as champions.

But realistically their best shot is through the league – especially as it is not difficult to see City walking away with a European title as well.

Since the 38-game season’sd introduction, no side has finished lower than fourth after hitting 76 points, which the Citizens will achieve with just 0.56 points per game.

 Chelsea are in desperate need of an improvement after being routed by Bournemouth and Watford

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Chelsea are in desperate need of an improvement after being routed by Bournemouth and Watford
 Manchester United are well placed to reach the top four after failing last year

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Manchester United are well placed to reach the top four after failing last year

Second-placed United are also well placed but four of their remaining 12 fixtures come against their rivals.

Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal all head to Old Trafford, while Jose Mourinho also faces a trip to the Etihad in April.


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 Arsenal are struggling to keep up with their rivals

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Arsenal are struggling to keep up with their rivals

The Blues also face four of the top six in their run-in and will need to shake off their current slump before their task gets too difficult.

Tottenham are still within touching distance but Arsenal need over 2.5 points per game for the rest of the season if they are to hit 76 points – leaving little room for error.

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