Premier League top four race
With Chelsea now assured of finishing in the Champions League places and Tottenham just one point away, there are still four clubs in the Premier League top four race.
Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal – in that order – are the teams in question after matchweek 35.
Everton still mathematically are in with a shout, but, being eight points off the pace with only three games remaining and at 500/1 with Paddy Power, it seems very unlikely so we haven’t included them.
But who will claim the two places?
FootyOn go through each team in the Premier League top four race below, and assess their chances…
Jurgen Klopp’s men currently lead the way out of these four teams, but are second in the betting behind City.
That is due to having played a game more than the two Manchester clubs and two more than Arsenal.
Winning their remaining three games won’t even guarantee them a top four berth, but it should certainly help as their run-in is not as difficult as the Red Devils’ or Gunners’.
Liverpool can take heart from the fact they’ve only lost one of their last nine in the PL, and scraped a victory over Watford last time out.
Southampton (ninth) are their next appointments at Anfield, and the Reds won’t have to face anyone higher in the table.
A final day battle at home against Middlesbrough, who could be already relegated by then, is certainly favourable for Liverpool.
Form (most recent result first): WLWWD
Top 4 finish odds: 1/7 with BetVictor
West Ham United (A)
Pep Guardiola’s men are the heavy favourites to stay in the top four at the end of the season, and with good reason.
Their next two fixtures are at home, and their last being away to Watford.
City don’t have to face anyone in the current top seven.
A draw most recently against Boro put a slight spanner in the works, but luckily for them Man Utd and Arsenal also slipped up.
The only thing troubling them is the fact they’ve only won two of their last eight fixtures, but they did drop points against the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Man Utd.
So, at least they’ve got all the top teams out of the way.
Top 4 finish odds: 1/10 with BetVictor
Leicester City (H)
West Bromwich Albion (H)
Man Utd missed out on breaking into the top four yet again, after drawing with Swansea City at home on Sunday.
They will still probably finish in the top four if they win their remaining four matches, but it’s not as easy as it sounds.
Unlike their bitter rivals Liverpool and City, United still have two very difficult fixtures against title chasing Spurs and a wounded animal Arsenal – both down in north London!
Also, while Man City have two successive home matches, the Red Devils now have three consecutive away clashes.
The distraction of Europa League doesn’t help either, while only Sunderland have more injuries than Man Utd in the Premier League.
Jose Mourinho’s men can at least keep up the pace if they beat the Gunners at the Emirates next, but it seems their best chances of qualifying for the Champions League is winning the aforementioned European competition.
Top 4 finish odds: 5/1 with Paddy Power
Crystal Palace (H)
It might look a daunting task for Arsenal to finish in the top four for the 21st season in succession, but their outsider odds may be worth a punt.
If they win all five of their remaining matches, they will almost certainly make it, as they are six points behind Man City – with a game in hand.
Easier said than done of course, as the Gunners still have to face Man Utd and Everton (though both at home).
Their last two fixtures are at the Emirates too – Sunderland and the Toffees – which may or may not be crucial.
The fans will certainly need to get behind their team and boss Arsene Wenger if they are to be in the Champions League next season!
On the other hand, we think Arsenal will finish just short.
Top 4 finish odds: 8/1 with Sky Bet
Manchester United (H)
Stoke City (A)
3rd: Man City
6th: Man Utd