Jamie Carragher, Gary Neville and Thierry Henry have predicted which two sides in the race for the top-four places will miss out on Champions League qualification.
With eight games left to play, Chelsea currently lead second placed Tottenham by seven points. Liverpool are third, five points behind Spurs and having played a game more than their rivals, while Manchester City are a further two points behind the Reds in fourth.
Goal difference alone separates Arsenal and Manchester United, who are both four points behind City with a game in hand.
But Henry cannot see his former side Arsenal breaching the top four.
“Arsenal usually finish in a strong way and the top four still have to play each other, but it’s difficult to see Arsenal making it,” he told Sky Sports.
“It is a massive gap now to finish in the top four. I will say in comparison to how they played against West Brom, it was a massive improvement against Man City.”
Carragher sees a brighter future for his former side however, with the ex-Liverpool defender believing Champions League qualification would represent a “great season”.
“I think Arsenal will miss out,” he said. “I also think Man United will still be in the Champions League next season if they win the Europa League.
“Liverpool have an advantage of no European football but I feel if Liverpool and Tottenham get into the top four they have had a great season because they don’t have the budget that other sides maybe more going for the title have.
“I think, with the position they’re in, Liverpool would be really disappointed if they didn’t make it and I think it would be a big blow if they don’t finish in the top four.”
Neville completed the clean sweep of pundits expecting the top four to stay the same. He can see neither Arsenal nor his former side United catching the current candidates.
“I think it will be the current top four and Man United and Arsenal will miss out. It will be difficult for Tottenham to catch Chelsea and I don’t see it happening,” he said.
“The fixtures and the way they’re laid out is important. So many of the United games, they should have won and could have won. They just haven’t got that killer instinct to kill teams off. I suppose in some ways when you can identify where you’re going wrong, your weaknesses and where you need to improve, then I suppose that’s a good thing in some way.
“At this moment in time, they make it so difficult for themselves to get in the top four. If you like at the fixtures they’ve got, it is so tough. I think too many mistakes have been made.”