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Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri says he wants to “see how his horses run” in the home straight of their title bid – and he is not the only one.

With six weeks of the Premier League season to go, we are about to find out who can produce a fast finish, and who will falter in the final furlong.

Can the Foxes stay clear, or will Tottenham catch them? Could Manchester City collapse completely, and what are the chances of a late West Ham charge into the top four?

BBC football pundits Danny Murphy, Chris Waddle, Jermaine Jenas, Chris Sutton, Mark Lawrenson, Pat Nevin and John Hartson have studied the form and fixtures and give their verdicts on who will win the title, and who will take the coveted Champions League spots.

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Pat Nevin: Big four monopoly is over – and here’s why

Danny Murphy: ‘My heart says Spurs but my head says Leicester’

Murphy: “Trying to predict how the top six will finish is like trying to predict the weather at the moment.

“My heart wants my old team Tottenham to win the title but my head says Leicester are going to do it because of the way they are digging out results.

“Either way, it is going to be very close.

“Spurs have got some incredibly difficult fixtures but, if they go to Anfield on Saturday and beat Liverpool, then Leicester slip up at home to Southampton on Sunday – both of which are entirely possible – then you might get a different one and two from me by Monday.

“As things stand, though, I am going with the Foxes.”

Chris Waddle: ‘Arsenal surge will come just too late’

Waddle: “It is Tottenham for the title for me – their players are bang in form and they have got real momentum.

“Arsenal always have a blip, like the one they have had in the last couple of months, but they always finish the season well.

“I can see them winning all of their remaining games but they have left themselves too much of a gap to claw back, not so much on Leicester as on Spurs.

“Fourth will be very close too, but I have gone for Manchester City – Samir Nasri is fit again