Will Manchester City make the top four?
Just a few weeks ago, Manchester City appeared almost certain to secure second place and a guarenteed place in the Champions League next season.
But, after a run of disappointing form, Manuel Pellegrini's men's Champions League qualification is being doubted by critics and, more importantly, fans.
In 2015, Manchester City have managed just four league wins in 10 matches - these wins coming against Stoke, Newcastle, Leicester and most recently West Brom. These, without offense, are matches that are considered easy wins for City, considering the depth and quality of their eminent squad.
Although, City have dropped points against other mid-table/relegation threatened teams such as Burnley, Hull and Everton. This has led to falling out of the title race and into the race for the top four.
After Saturday's domination in a 3-0 against West Brom at the Etihad and Manchester United doing their arch-rivals a favour by beating 5th-placed Liverpool on Sunday, the question is, can Pellegrini's Manchester City retain their top four status?
City have, fourtunately, been handed a favourable end to the season but still face three of the top seven in their remaining eight matches. United's victory over Liverpool leaves City seven points clear of the five-time European champions who currently occupy the Europa League spot. City's visit of Old Trafford seems crucial in their bid for finishing second and staying ahead of their fierce competitors, but a win will almost guarentee them a space in next year's Champions League.
Saying that, a tough last few matches, including a trip to White Hart Lane and a visit from a surprising Southampton team which could hinder their chances, especially with the other two teams vying for a Europa League spot. Although, by the last day of the season when Southampton visit, Ronald Koeman's men's hopes of playing European football next could be over, or secured.
Despite City's recent poor performances, it seems likely that the Manchester club will qualify for the Champions League and Manuel Pellegrini may survive the axe after it became apparent that all of City's managerial targets are already venturing journey's with other top European clubs.
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