Premier League betting: Top-four race between Liverpool, Arsenal and Man United hots up
The race for Champions League qualification is hotting up. So, who will come out on top?
The Premier League title appears to be heading to Chelsea this season, with the Blues currently 10 points clear at the top of the Premier League table.
The west London side have been the clear standout performers this season following the appointment of Antonio Conte as the club’s new manager last summer.
But with Chelsea looking on course to win the title this season, the most intriguing battle between now and the end of the season is likely to be the race for a top-four finish.
The number of teams challenging for Champions League qualification has never been larger and it seems that this season will be no different.
Liverpool laid down a marker to boost their top four hopes on Sunday with a 2-1 win over Burnley at Anfield. True, it was an unconvincing win, but it still left Liverpool fourth in the table and five points ahead of closest challengers Arsenal.
Liverpool are currently priced at odds of around 1/2 to finish in the top four this season and there are plenty of free bets to make the most of between now and the end of the season.
The Gunners have played two games less than the Merseyside outfit but Liverpool have done the hard work of keeping themselves in the hunt.
Liverpool’s next test is a tricky trip to the Etihad Stadium to take on Manchester City next weekend.
Arsenal, meanwhile, are finding themselves under more and more pressure as Arsene Wenger looks to steer the Gunners to another top-four finish.
The Gunners have endured a difficult start to 2017 but managed to recover from their 10-2 aggregate Champions League humiliation at the hands of Bayern Munich by beating Lincoln City in the FA Cup on Saturday.
Arsenal fans appear to be split about whether they want to see Wenger continue on as Gunners boss – the Frenchman’s contract expires at the end of the season and missing out on a top-four finish could be the final straw which forces him to quit.
The north London side are currently 6/4 with most bookmakers to finish in the top four this season.
Manchester United are also looking to launch a late push to secure a top-four finish in Jose Mourinho’s first season in charge.
The Portuguese coach was drafted in by the Red Devils last summer to replace Louis van Gaal after Manchester United ended up fifth in the Premier League table and missed out on a Champions League spot.
The Red Devils are currently sixth in the table and six points behind Liverpool – but like Arsenal, Manchester United have played two games less than Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Mourinho’s men are currently priced at odds of 9/5 with most bookmakers to finish in the top four this season.
With between 10 and 12 games left to play for the teams in the chase for Champions League qualification, the race looks set to go down to the wire.
So, while the title race is less intriguing, the battle for a top-four finish is hotting up nicely.