Premier League fans assess the run-in. Part 2: Leicester to Wolves


Fans rate the season so far, and predict what lies ahead


The mood has really lifted around here in the few weeks since Brendan Rodgers arrived. After months of grim, sluggish football, the Foxes are starting to rediscover their swagger again. It might all be too little too late for this season but the longer-term future is looking bright again.

More of this please Hamza Choudhury. Make no mistake, hes going to be a top-quality player at this level, but for some reason he never seems to be able to hold down a place in the team. Yes hes young and we do have three more experienced central midfielders, but if Rachid Ghezzal can find himself a place in the squad, Choudhury should definitely be able to.

Less of this please The Wolves love-in. Of course they deserve a lot of credit for acclimatising to the Premier League so quickly, but its not quite the Cinderella story its being made out to be and theyre not that good. I mean, Claude Puel managed to beat them at home!

Predictions We will finish: 9th. The top four: 1 Manchester City; 2 Liverpool; 3 Tottenham; 4 Arsenal; Going down: 18 Cardiff; 19 Fulham; 20 Huddersfield

Chris Whiting @ChrisRWhiting


Top of the league with seven games to go itd be crazy not to feel positive. Therell always be doom merchants, and, yes, City have a game in hand but we have to remain confident. Were also in the Champions League quarters and were playing with a maturity we havent had for a while. Theres a true feeling of togetherness with squad, boss and fans.

More of this please Wins. At this stage I dont mind how they come. More Man dinks and chips, Salah dribbles and passes, Firmino celebrations, Van Dijk headers, Robertson and Alexander-Arnold bombing runs down the wing and more Milner Terminator-style get-ups after being brought down. And definitely fairer prices for watching your team. Yet again Liverpool fans, and those of other clubs who are known for travelling in big numbers, are being ripped off and treated like a cash cow for European fixtures. There is no excuse and Uefa needs to step in and stop it.

Less of this please Asinine media coverage of how were bottling it. Also less unfair pricing, see above, and fewer ridiculous changes to kick-off dates and times, making it impossible for fans to plan ahead. And, of course, not so many Man City wins would be nice.

Predictions We will finish: 1st. The top four: 1 Liverpool; 2 Man City; 3 Man United; 4 Arsenal. Going down: 18 Cardiff; 19 Fulham; 20 Huddersfield

Steph Jones Observer reader

Roberto Firmino, pointing the way. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA

Manchester City

Were feeling bullish. Still to be in all four competitions at this stage is phenomenal. Its easy for fans of other clubs to point to the money spent, the easy cup draws or our (admittedly incredible) squad depth but this is exactly what can happen if you win your Champions League group and take the domestic cup competitions seriously. Were also the first team to sustain a proper title defence since Fergusons United in 2011-12, which shows how difficult it is to challenge on multiple fronts. Personally I think the quadruple will be a stretch – particularly when you consider our April fixture logjam but even to be talking about it as a semi-realistic possibility is ridiculous. Viva Pep.

More of this please The same. Were on a run of 19 wins in 20 games. In an ideal world Id like to see Bernardo Silva play centrally more often but Id also like to see Foden get more game time as hes clearly ready. And finally, more of De Bruyne and Mendy. Itd be great to see them back to full fitness with regular game time under their belts.

Less of this please Fan violence towards players, and Jrgen Klopp blaming the wind. The latter is pretty funny, though.

Predictions We will finish 1st. The top four: 1 Man City; 2 Liverpool; 3 Tottenham; 4 Arsenal. Going down: 18 Cardiff; 19 Fulham; 20 Huddersfield

Lloyd Scragg @lloyd_scragg

Phil Foden, clearly ready. Photograph: Nigel Roddis/EPA

Manchester United

To channel Humphrey Bogart: Well always have Paris. The PSG result was the greatest moment since Fergie retired almost payback for all the dull football weve had to endure from the previous managers before Ole came back. Solskjr has rejuvenated the squad and restored the spirit, the football is fast and incisive, the gameplans are good and hes shown faith in our young players. Were better defensively, our game management is much improved, and the players are adapting to different systems. In short, hes been absolutely brilliant. The board will have a riot on their hands if they dont appoint him full time.

More of this please Fast-flowing attacking football with Rashford leading the line. Id also like to see Ole continue to give playing time to the likes of Garner, Gomes, Greenwood and Chong. They all appear to have bright futures and could save us a fortune in the transfer market. And Id like more of Fred, too. He was excellent in Paris and needs games to build up his confidence.

Less of this please Semi-finals at Wembley. It totally devalues the ultimate goal for fans to get there for the final. Surely this wouldnt be hard to change.

Predictions We will finish: 4th. The top four: 1 Man City; 2 Liverpool; 3 Tottenham; 4 Man United. Going down: 18 Brighton; 19 Fulham; 20 Huddersfield

Shaun ODonnell Observer reader

Angel Gomes, Jesse Lingard and Tahith Chong: part of Uniteds bright future. Photograph: Matthew Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images


Its a positive mood here tempered by some familiar Mike Ashley-shaped worries. Weve recovered from a poor first half of the season to produce some outstanding performances, from the gritty trench warfare of Man City at home to a breathtaking comeback against Everton. We have new heroes (Salomn Rondn, Miguel Almirn, Fabian Schr), weve seen local lad Sean Longstaff break through, and weve witnessed Rafa get every last drop from players like Isaac Hayden and Ayoze Prez. Fans are enjoying going to the match again and thats a huge achievement. Of course, if Rafa goes, that changes everything and with takeover talk again receding, it doesnt look as if our financial knight in shining armour will be arriving any time soon.

More of this please Almirn on the ball, given his pace, nous and quick thinking. And when (and if) we reach safety, it would be great to see whether Yoshinori Muto and Antonio Barreca can cut it.

Less of this please Silly mistakes and giving away penalties and free- kicks. Weve been punished by lapses in concentration and committed too many stupid fouls. Its frustrating, especially as we can play with such solidity.

Predictions We will finish 13th. The top four: 1 Man City; 2 Liverpool; 3 Arsenal; 4 Man United. Going down: 18 Cardiff; 19 Fulham; 20 Huddersfield

Richard & David Holmes Observer readers

Miguel Almirn: pace, nous and quick thinking. Photograph: Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images


The mood now is about as good as its been all season, I think, after the second-half turnaround against Spurs a team weve had an appalling record against since coming back up in 2012. Strange how little moments change the mood: at half-time in that game we were back in the bottom three having been abysmal in the first half. But to beat a side in the quarter-finals of the Champions League should now give the team enough belief to stay clear of danger. The only concern would be the momentum gained might be lost due to the enforced three-week break.

More of this please James Ward-Prowse finding the top corner with free-kicks, more of not having to rely on non-goalscoring strikers for our goals, and more vaguely competent defending.

Less of this please Kevin Friend (seriously, how is that bloke still in a job?); throwing away points from winning positions (20 at the last count); Neil Warnock; and less of Liverpool being genuine contenders, because lets face it, who really wants to hear about them actually winning something? Theyll be unbearable and unfortunately well have enabled it with our previously superior scouting and player development.

Predictions We will finish: 14th. The top four: 1 Man City; 2 Liverpool; 3 Arsenal; 4 Chelsea. Going down: 18 Cardiff; 19 Fulham; 20 Huddersfield

Steve Grant @SteveGrant1983

James Ward-Prowse: handy with free-kicks. Photograph: Catherine Ivill/Getty Images


The stadium saga has cast a shadow over all else: nobody really cares that we didnt sign any players; no matter we were chasing four trophies come January and now its just the one; that suddenly, thanks to a run that has left us with one point from 12, a top-four place no longer looks the certainty it did a few games ago. The place their club is based is integral to the identity of football fans everywhere and Wembley just isnt where our history lies, where our heart is. Like ET, Daniel Levy has at last pointed a glowing finger towards N17 and said the word. Its ground zero, time to reset. Were going home.

More of this please Jan Vertonghen showed against Dortmund how to step up on the big occasion. If the rest can follow his lead, anything could happen in the Champions League. But we also need to take more games by the scruff of the neck earlier, rather than relying on time-wasting naughty ballboys as we did against Watford. Although that knowing wink afterwards was priceless.

Less of this please Injuries havent helped but we can also ill afford more clangers like the one conjured up by Kieran Trippier and Hugo Lloris against Chelsea. It even had Spurs fans laughing in disbelief.

Predictions We will finish: 3rd. The top four: 1 Man City; 2 Liverpool; 3 Tottenham; 4 Man United. Going down: 18 Cardiff; 19 Fulham; 20 Huddersfield

Richard Barnes @barnesrichard

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