The Premier League’s top-four race is as intense as it could be with four points separating third place from sixth place. There’s Tottenham, Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal fighting for the two spots behind Liverpool and Manchester City with a month to go in the season, and it’s the Gunners who play on Monday with the opportunity to get back into the top four.

Arsenal goes to Watford on Monday looking for the season sweep after beating them 2-0 at the end of September. With Arsenal in sixth place in the table, a victory would lift the team into fourth, level on points with Chelsea but ahead of goal differential. Tottenham is currently third, while Chelsea is fourth. A victory would also put Arsenal just a point behind rival Tottenham, who face Manchester City on Saturday in league play. 

It’s a big one for Arsenal after losing at Everton last Sunday. Will their road woes continue?

 You can watch Arsenal vs. Watford via fuboTV (Try for free). 


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RK TEAM CHG ANALYSIS

1.

Barcelona (ESP)

Rested everyone for the Champions League battle against Manchester United. Treble hopes still alive. 
2.

Liverpool (ENG)

+1 Great victory over Chelsea, and Mohamed Salah is catching fire at the perfect time. 
3. 

Manchester City (ENG)

-1 Their season may hinge on the visit from Tottenham this week in the Champions League. Make or break time after resting key players in the first leg. 

4.

Bayern Munich (GER)

They have scored 21 goals in the past five games in all competition, and they can taste the Bundesliga title.

5.

Juventus (ITA)

Is this the year Juventus wins the Champions League? They’ve got to get by Ajax first. Outplayed in that first leg. 

6.

Atletico Madrid (ESP)

+2

So consistently good, but it will be a trophy-less campaign for Diego Simeone’s team. Can they keep Antoine Griezmann this summer? 

7.

Tottenham (ENG)

+3

Quite the week for Lucas Moura and company. The pressure is on to go to Manchester City and get a result without star forward Harry Kane.

8.

Manchester United (ENG)

-1

Needed two penalty-kick goals to get past West Ham. The inconsistency has increased, but they are still getting results.      

9.

Ajax (NED)

How do you get ready for a game against Juventus that requires some goals away from home in a hostile environment? By bagging six in one league game, that’s how. 

10.

Arsenal (ENG)

The Gunners face Watford on Monday afternoon. 

11.

PSG (FRA)

-5

Losing 5-1 against Lille was quite the shocking scoreline. It’s as if they gave up defensively. Not a good sign. 

12.

Lille (FRA)

+3

I wonder how much they’ll sell Nicolas Pepe to PSG for. Kidding aside, this team is for real. An amazing season in Ligue 1. 

13.

Porto (POR)

-1

Likely on its way out of the Champions League after that loss at Liverpool. Just not quick enough at the back. 

14.

Benfica (POR)

Keep an eye on Joao Felix. He’s the next young great to come out of Benfica, and you’ll be hearing his name plenty. 

15.

Chelsea (ENG)

Should be advancing to the semifinals of Europa League, and that could be the avenue to the Champions League if they finish outside the top four.

16.

Napoli (ITA)

Sloppy against Arsenal in Europa League but still so sharp in Serie A. They’ll need to push the right buttons to overcome the Gunners. 

17.

Watford (ENG)

Watford faces Arsenal on Monday. 

18.

Real Madrid (ESP)

Real Madrid plays Leganes on Monday.

19.

RB Leipzig (GER)

This team hasn’t lost in nearly three months, and Timo Werner is closing in on the 20-goal mark for the third straight season. 

20.

Borussia Dortmund (GER)

+1

Jadon Sancho has 11 goals on the season, and you just have to wonder how long Dortmund will be able to hold on to him. English teams will come calling. 
21.

Wolves (ENG)

-1

It’s baffling how Wolves can get points against the big guys yet struggle to beat the teams they should. Beat Manchester United twice, lose to Southampton.

22.

PSV (NED)

Level with Ajax with four games to go. It’s going to be a crazy race to the finish.

23.

Inter Milan (ITA)

NR

Firmly in third place in Serie A having won three of the last five. Curious to see Mauro Icardi not take the penalty kick on Sunday.
24.    

AC Milan (ITA)

-1

The win over Lazio keeps the Champions League dream alive. Very manageable schedule remaining.

25.

Valencia (ESP)

Six goals this week in two important wins against regional rivals. Goncalo Guedes has been on fire with six goals in his last eight. 


Biggest movers:
Tottenham and Lille (up three) and PSG (down five)
Out of top 25: Eintracht Frankfurt (GER)
Honorable mentions: Sevilla (ESP) and Atalanta (ITA)

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