Premier League fight for fourth: Liverpool to miss out? Breaking down the six-team battle, key men

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Manchester City are running away with the Premier League title race and seemingly on course to be crowned champions for the third time in four seasons, but while the biggest prize appears destined for the Etihad again, the battle for Champions League qualification is intensifying with every round of fixtures.

West Ham are the surprise occupants of the fourth and final Champions League spot right now, with nine points separating David Moyes’ team and Tottenham down in ninth position. While Manchester United and Leicester — both four points clear of fourth in second and third, respectively — could still be dragged into the fight, the race is beginning to look like six clubs slugging it out for one position, with Arsenal now surely too far off the pace in tenth, 11 points behind West Ham.

Chelsea, Liverpool, Everton, Aston Villa and Spurs will all believe, or hope, they can overtake West Ham in fourth, but for some teams, the task is more challenging than others due to the ground they have to make up between now and the end of the season on May 23.

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