Sky Sports predict Liverpool and Man United to finish in top four

With just five games remaining, Liverpool sit third in the Premier League table – two points ahead of Man City and six ahead of Man United.

The problem for the Reds though is that City have one game in hand and United two — although given that the two Manchester clubs face each other, they can’t both win their games in hand.

Liverpool face Crystal Palace, Watford, Southampton, West Ham and Middlesbrough in the final run of games – which they go into in good form, currently second in the form guide, unbeaten in their last six with four wins and two draws.

The Reds also have slightly favourable goal difference at present.

With Man City in FA Cup semi-final action this weekend, Jurgen Klopp‘s side have a chance to extend their advantage, while United are in action at Burnley just before Sunday’s game at home to Palace.

United have the second-leg of their Europa League tie against Anderlecht on Thursday night, which could impact their remaining games depending if they progress.

Predicting who will sit in the all-important Champions League qualification places come May 21 isn’t easy, but plenty are attempting it.

According to Sky Sports’ predictor – which uses an algorithm to rank results, previous performances and the difficulty of upcoming fixtures – Liverpool have a 83% chance of finishing in the top four.

They have United at 67%, with City at 45%.

Arsenal have just a 4% chance, according to Sky.

It’s an interesting analysis, given that City have much more favourable fixtures on paper than United – who not only face their city-neighbours but also travel to Arsenal and Spurs in May.

Meanwhile, Sky predict Swansea to join nailed on relegation candidates Middlesbrough and Sunderland.

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