Which side has the easiest run-in of the top-four contenders?

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We take a look at the remaining fixtures for Manchester United, Southampton, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool.

The race for a top-four finish in the Premier League appears to be as open as it's ever been, with a total of five teams competing for just two spots. 

With Manchester City and Chelsea almost certain to make it into the Champions League places, it looks like being a straight fight for third and fourth between a number of contenders.

In this piece we take a look at the respective run-ins of all the clubs involved to see who has the easiest route to the end of the campaign and who faces the toughest challenge. 

Man United

United's performances this season have been odd, to say the least. Although Louis Van Gaal's men are third in the table, they have never looked to be in full-flow and that could be costly against the better sides.

The Red Devils have a testing period approaching - with games against Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea coming in quick succession - and the number of points they collect from those four games may define whether their season is a success or not.

Here are United's remaining fixtures:

Swansea (A)

Sunderland (H)

Newcastle (A)

Spurs (H)

Liverpool (A)

Villa (H)

Man City (H)

Chelsea (A)

Everton (A)

West Brom (H)

Palace (A)

Arsenal (H)

Hull (A)

Southampton

The Premier League's surprise package, Southampton have done brilliantly to still be competing at this stage of the season.

Now that they are in with a genuine chance of claiming a Champions League spot, they will determined to ensure they get there.

Looking at their run-in, they have a number of opportunities to pick up points and Ronald Koeman will back his team to complete their very own mission impossible if they can avoid upsets.

Although games against Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham await, they still have to play most of the relegation strugglers and if they can continue to perform to the high standards they have set themselves so far this season, they may have a chance.

Here are Southampton's remaining fixtures:

Liverpool (H)

West Brom (A)

Palace (H)

Chelsea (A)

Burnley (H)

Everton (A)

Hull (H)

Stoke (A)

Spurs (H)

Sunderland (A)

Leicester (A)

Villa (H)

Man City (A)

Arsenal

Arsenal's run-in looks to be the best of all the contenders. The Gunners have played many of the sides in the top-half and will go into the majority of their remaining fixtures as favourites.

Arsenal have a genuine chance of taking 15 points from their next five games, before a tough match against Liverpool follows, and if they can avoid upsets a top-four spot should be within their grasp.

Here are Arsenal's remaining fixtures:

Palace (A)

Everton (H)

QPR (A)

West Ham (H)

Newcastle (A)

Liverpool (H)

Burnley (A)

Sunderland (H)

Chelsea (H)

Hull (A)

Swansea (H)

Man U (A)

West Brom (H)

Tottenham Hotspur

Mauricio Pochettino has worked miracles to get Spurs into Champions League contention, and their remaining fixtures look to be better than many of their rivals. 

Spurs face tough away tests against United and Southampton, but the remainder of their fixtures appear winnable - on paper, at least.

The Lilywhites will be favourites in most of their remaining matches at White Hart Lane - with the exception being a tie against Manchester City - and if they can maintain their good home form they will have a real chance of finishing in the top four. 

Here are Spurs' remaining fixtures this season:

West Ham (H)

Swansea (H)

QPR (A)

Man U (A)

Leicester (H)

Burnley (A)

Villa (H)

Newcastle (A)

Southampton (A)

Man City (H)

Stoke (A)

Hull (H)

Everton (A)

Liverpool

Liverpool have been the form side in the Premier League since the turn of the year, but they face an unenviable run through to the end of the season.

With games against Southampton, Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal still to take in, the Reds are going to have to be at their best if they are to make up ground on the top-four.

They have, arguably, the toughest run in of any side looking to make it into the Champions League.

Here are Liverpool's remaining fixtures:

Southampton (A)

Man City (H)

Burnley (H)

Swansea (A)

Man U (H)

Arsenal (A)

Newcastle (H)

Hull (A)

West Brom (A)

QPR (H)

Chelsea (A)

Palace (H)

Stoke (A)

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