Premier League's battle for fourth

Updated: April 12, 2012, 2:24 PM ET
By Michael Cox | Special to ESPN.com

Finishing in the top 20 percent of a league might not seem like a particularly impressive achievement, but since the Premier League was awarded a fourth Champions League place 10 years ago, the "battle for fourth" has become almost as important as the battle for the title.

But it has really been a battle. A battle must have losers as well as winners -- and in reality, for most of the past decade, the "race" for the Champions League places has been a foregone conclusion after ...

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