Latest Premier League Top Four Odds (As of 12.00pm 19/02/2020)
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|Manchester City||1/200||William Hill|
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Manchester City Enjoying a Big Cushion Despite Spurs Defeat
Pep Guardiola has admitted defeat when it comes to Manchester City winning a third consecutive Premier League title and it’s hardly a surprise when you consider that the Spaniard’s team sit eighteen points behind Liverpool with thirteen games remaining. However, despite an erratic campaign by the team’s ridiculously high standards, the north-west outfit are fourteen points clear of fifth-placed Tottenham Hotspur.
Even if City effectively down tools and focus on competitions such as the EFL Cup, FA Cup and of course the Champions League, they will still continue to accrue enough points in the Premier League to bag themselves a top four spot and that is reflected in the 1/200 offered by William Hill that they finish in the leading quartet of English clubs come the end of the season.
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Leicester Stumbling Towards the Finishing Line
If Sheffield United are the surprise package of the Premier League this season, then Leicester City aren’t far behind. While many had the Foxes as potential dark horses to break into the top six and challenge for a top four spot, it would have been practically unthinkable to consider them twelve points clear of the team in fifth place right now.
Brendan Rodgers’ side enjoyed an amazing purple patch between 21 October and 8 December which saw the Midlands club win nine games in all competitions and eight of them occurred in the Premier League, with Leicester well and truly hoarding points away for the winter like a squirrel does with his nuts.
Since then, the Foxes’ form has been more fleeting and they suffered a 4-0 demolition at the King Power against a rampant Liverpool side which possibly affected their confidence. There is also the fact that Jamie Vardy has stopped finding the net temporarily and it’s seven games and counting since the striker last scored.
Even so, Leicester are a best price 1/10 with BetVictor to claim a top four berth this season and it would still take their form to go off a cliff in order to be overhauled by two other teams. They also don’t have the distraction of European competition that a lot of other leading teams have to contend with and it would now be a major shock if they’re not lining up in the Champions League next term.
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Chelsea Beginning to Look Vulnerable Under Lampard
Chelsea started the season terribly when losing 4-0 at Manchester United, while the London side were only able to win one of their first six games of the season. However, manager Frank Lampard called for patience and the Blues’ form improved markedly from that point onwards, with the team enjoying seven consecutive victories last autumn which catapulted them towards the top of the table.
Chelsea are a strange team to try and fathom. They have come through a difficult Champions League qualifying group and enjoyed some excellent Premier League victories such as the 2-0 triumph at White Hart Lane and the 2-1 win at the Emirates Stadium. However, there have consistently been issues against lower-ranked teams at Stamford Bridge.
Lampard would have happily taken a four-point cushion and fourth place at the beginning of the season, although the gap between them and the chasing pack is starting to shrink. Tottenham are now breathing down their necks and the bookies certainly don’t regard Chelsea as bankers for fourth spot on the presumption that Liverpool, Manchester City and Leicester will be the first three.
Betway are prepared to offer a best price 4/7 about Chelsea sealing the deal, although they seem reliant on Tammy Abraham when it comes to scoring goals and the team have two important home matches on the horizon that could have a big bearing on the season’s outcome. Manchester United visit on 17 February before Tottenham Hotspur come calling five days later.
Can Mourinho Mastermind Top Four Spot for Spurs?
Tottenham Hotspur’s 2-0 win over Manchester City has meant that Spurs have definitely become part of the conversation when it comes to landing a top four spot, with Jose Mourinho unable to contain his delight at landing three points against a team who have somewhat given up the ghost considering they have been forlornly chasing Liverpool for what seems like months.
The North London admittedly sit four points behind Chelsea with a similar goal difference, although there are still 39 points left to compete for this season and three of them will be up for grabs at Stamford Bridge on 22 February where a victory for the visitors could see them bang in contention to land a top four spot.
The bookies are certainly sitting up and taking notice of Tottenham despite the continued absence of Harry Kane, with Bethard offering 3/1 that Mourinho’s side manage to scramble into the Champions League spots come the end of the season and that was the remit given to the Portuguese when he replaced Mauricio Pochettino a few months ago.
Steven Bergwijn arrived in the January transfer window to boost the squad, while Heung-Min Son and Lucas Moura look ready to provide adequate attacking cover for the injured Kane and there’s a feeling that the team directly above them can be reeled in, with Tottenham finishing the season with important home matches against Arsenal and Leicester.
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Manchester United Might Need a Miracle
Despite that emphatic 4-0 win over Chelsea in their opening game of the season, Manchester United have rarely looked capable of landing a top four spot in this season’s Premier League, especially when they have taken to the road considering that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have won just 25% of away games this term.
Solskjaer can’t really be blamed for the root of the problems at Old Trafford, although the Norwegian’s honeymoon period as caretaker manager surely flattered to deceive considering that United’s form has been distinctly ordinary ever since his position was made permanent and the Red Devils have the proverbial mountain to climb if they’re to secure a top four spot.
The team are missing their best striker in Marcus Rashford and it appears as though Paul Pogba is effectively on strike at United, while deadline day signings Bruno Fernandes and Odion Ighalo can’t be expected to transform the fortunes of a club who have won just four of their past ten matches in all competitions and one of those was against Tranmere Rovers in the FA Cup.
The majority of bookies go 8/1 about United landing a top four spot although there are trips to Chelsea, Everton and Tottenham on the horizon and the fact that the Red Devils have lost 50% of their away games this season tells you that maximum points from all of these games looks a distinctly remote prospect.
Wolves 11/1 to Break Into Top Four
Wolverhampton Wanderers sit level on points with Manchester United in the Premier League table and, while the Red Devils can be said to be experiencing a disappointing season on relative terms, the former are once again demonstrating their prowess in the top flight on a much smaller budget and with a similar group of players that helped them land seventh spot last season.
Nuno Espirito Santo was linked to the vacant positions at Everton and Arsenal earlier this season and the Portuguese will be keen for his Wolves team to finish as high up the table as possible, with 888Sport going 12/1 about the Midlands side overhauling Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea to qualify for the Champions League against the odds.
The good thing for Wanderers is that there’s no weight of expectation on them between now and the end of the season. Wolves are also competing in the Europa League and have a favourable last 32 clash against Spanish bottom club Espanyol which could see them make heady progress in this competition.
It’s possible that Wolverhampton will fall short of the top four places simply because they rely too heavily on Raul Jimenez to score goals along with the fact that Nuno makes them difficult to beat from a defensive point-of-view and that often leads to games being drawn rather than won.
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Can the Blades Pull Off the Greatest Story?
Simply saying the name Sheffield United brings a smile to your face. The Yorkshire club have punched massively above their weight in the Premier League this season and it would be a true fairytale story if a team who were playing League One football when Chris Wilder took over were somehow able to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
Some might say the Blades landing a top four spot would be akin to Leicester City winning the 2015/16 Premier League title and bet365 go as short as 16/1 that Wilder is able to steer United into the top four, although Unibet are braver with their 22/1 quote and they would need to achieve a bumper haul from their remaining thirteen matches to stand a chance.
United sit sixth in the top flight after accruing 36 points from 25 games thus far and that means they can look upwards rather than over their shoulder considering that they were odds-on to be relegated before a ball was kicked.
Incredibly, Manchester City and Liverpool remain the only teams to have beaten the Blades when the latter have taken to the road this season and every neutral will be urging them to finish ahead of the big boys and cap what has already been a fantastic campaign. Perhaps they can land second prize and make it into the Europa League instead.
Arsenal and Everton Both Off the Top Four Pace
Arsenal sit in tenth place in the Premier League and level on points with the likes of Newcastle United, Southampton and Burnley. They are actually closer to the relegation zone than the top four places at the time of writing and the bookies feel confident enough to write off the Gunners’ chances of qualifying for the Champions League this season.
Bethard have 40/1 about Mikel Arteta somehow engineering a winning run that catapults them beyond several other teams, although the Spaniard must instead be masterminding a Europa League run which could potentially yield a Champions League spot should the team win the competition.
Everton are 100/1 with Paddy Power and they’re currently two points better off than Arsenal although still with the proverbial mountain to climb if they’re to challenge the likes of Chelsea and Tottenham. Carlo Ancelotti has brought about improvement with the Toffees and perhaps they’re one to consider ahead of next season.
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