Who will finish in this year’s top four and secure Champions League Football? Chelsea are a given and the bookies have pretty much stopped taking bets on them, which leaves five teams battling it out for three spots, with only 4 points separating them.
Here are the bookies odds:
Man City 1.20
Man Utd 2.00
Let’s take a closer look at each teams remaining games and other factors which could influence their league ranking.
Man City find themselves on 52 points and have taken 10 points from their last 5 games. Next up they face Man Utd at home with a further three top 6 teams in theie last 12 games, including trips away to Chelsea and Arsenal. The bookies have them as favourites to qualify at 1.22.
Spurs have taken 8 points from their last 5 games and are coming off a loss to Liverpool. They however only face two of the top 6 in their last 13 games and have the best goal difference of the five teams, on +28. With only two of the big teams on their horizon, Spurs should be a good bet for a top four finish, with bookie odds of 1.44
Liverpool are coming off a strong 2-0 win against Spurs which they’ll hope will turned their poor run of form around, having taken only 5 points from their last 5 games. If Liverpool can get back to early season form they too will be in good shape, as like Spurs they only face two of the top 6 teams in their final 13 games. Liverpool are also out of all the Cup games and not in Europe, so if fresh legs can prevail, they’ll look to run mid-table teams off their feet.
Arsenal have taken 9 points from their last five with three wins and two losses. This inconsistent form will be put to the test with four of their last 13 games against top six teams, as well as tricky fixtures away to Southampton and the final game of the season at home to Everton. The bookmakers have the Gunners at betting odds of 2.0.
Man Utd have not lost in their last 5 Premier League outings and are coming off back-to-back wins after three draws in a row. After a rough start to the season the Red Devils have found a bit of form and will push hard for the top four. The bookies have them at 2.0 as they are the furthest off the pace on 48 points and have the worst goal difference at +17 of the five teams competing for the three spots. Man Utd also face four top six teams on their run in as well as tough games against Burnley away and Everton at home.
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Top Four Predictions
Based on each teams remaining fixtures, games outside the Premier League and current form, we think the Premier League top four could finish as follows.
- Man City