With Chelsea established as firm favourites to win the Premier League this season, the Top 4 Finish betting market has been one of the most popular of the last few months, although Manchester United’s 2-1 win at Anfield on Sunday went some way towards making it a closed shop.
Manchester City and Arsenal are considered shoo-ins by the bookmakers, with City no bigger than 1/25 despite their recent wobble and in-form Arsenal now 1/10 after an extended sequence of good results. United are getting that way too, with Louis Van Gaal’s side a best price of 1/3 after that crucial win on Merseyside.
Southampton are now an 11/1 chance after slipping six points off the pace with eight games to play, having been as short as 6/5 in February. Tottenham were 2/1 shots at the end of August after a bright start, but they are level on points with the Saints with an inferior goal difference and can be backed at 16/1 with Coral. The two clubs meet at St Mary’s on April 25 before Spurs host City a week later.
Liverpool, who travel to Arsenal next and must also visit Stamford Bridge, remain the most likely team to break into the current top four, although they have made things difficult for themselves with their below-par performance against United.
Aside from those two matches they have six winnable games so they do have the opportunity to get beyond 70 points, but the odds show how tough the bookies feel it will be for Brendan Rodgers’ side to earn a second successive season in the Champions League. Last Friday Liverpool were odds-on to finish in the top four at 10/11, but they can now be backed at 7/2 with Ladbrokes.
But, with Liverpool at Arsenal next and United at home to Villa, a Liverpool win is needed for that price to shorten – and you can back the Reds at 16/5 with BetVictor to win at the Emirates and pocket your winnings without a nervy six-week wait.