Premier League Betting Preview: Who Will Finish 2016/17 in the Top Four

20/05/2017 11:15

on the final day of the premier league season, two of three sides can still qualify for next season’s uefa champions league. manchester city are in pole position, as they sit third on 75 points – then come liverpool on 73, with arsenal two points adrift in fifth.

meanwhile, antonio conte’s chelsea welcome david moyes’ relegated sunderland to stamford bridge, where the newly crowned champions will be presented with the premier league trophy at the final whistle.

elsewhere, tottenham hotspur travel to hull city, whilst manchester united host crystal palace at old trafford.

in what promises to be a thrilling last weekend of premier league action, we’ll be previewing the top four games, including arsenal’s must-win fixture against everton and liverpool’s crunch match with middlesbrough.

arsenal v everton: gunners to do their bit

arsene wenger’s arsenal still have slim hopes of reaching the premier league’s top four, but they are relying on liverpool to slip up at home to middlesbrough to stand any chance of making the champions league. on sunday, ronald koeman’s everton are the visitors to the emirates stadium.

the gunners have won six of their last seven games, but that still might not be enough to claim a place in the top four. one thing’s for sure, the north londoners must beat the toffees first before turning their attention to other results. then, they need boro get a draw at anfield or manchester city to lose heavily at watford.

however, everton, who will finish their solid campaign in seventh, will not be an easy nut to crack for the hosts. koeman has enjoyed a strong debut season at goodison park, and will be hoping his side can cause a stir at the emirates on sunday.

as expected, arsenal are the 9/20 favourites with betvictor to claim the win, whilst everton are priced at 15/2. the draw, meanwhile, is available at the tempting odds of 4/1 at betfred. nevertheless, we’re backing the home side to do their bit in style, with coral’s 6/5 for arsenal to win -1 standing out.

liverpool v middlesbrough: liverpool back in the cl

jurgen klopp’s liverpool welcome steve agnew’s relegated middlesbrough to anfield knowing a win will be enough to see them back in the champions league next season. in truth, the reds should have no problems seeing off the sky bet championship new boys on sunday.

worryingly for liverpool, though, they have dropped points in each of their last three home matches. with arsenal sniffing around for any slip ups, the reds can’t afford to drop points in this one. klopp’s men are priced at just 1/6 (bet365) to claim the required victory.

boro have huffed and puffed in recent weeks, but have seriously lacked the cutting edge needed in the top flight. the bookies are not giving the teessiders much hope in merseyside, with coral pricing them at 25/1 to cause an almighty upset, while the draw is available at 15/2 with betfred.

we can see liverpool getting the job done in front of an expectant anfield on sunday, so we like the look of betfair’s 23/20 for the reds to win -2 on their own patch.

watford v manchester city: all square in hertfordshire

pep guardiola’s manchester city need just a point to qualify for the champions league, but they will be going for all three against watford at vicarage road at the weekend. the hornets, who have lost five in a row, have recently announced this will be walter mazzarri’s last game in charge, which could play into city’s hands on sunday.

with a lot of uncertainty surrounding the hertfordshire club at the moment, the citizens will be fully aware that their hosts will be there for the taking. on the other hand, however, the watford players could put in one final good performance for their outgoing boss.

it’s no surprise to see man city as the 2/5 favourites with betway in our odds comparison, with the draw priced at 9/2 at betfred. meanwhile, the home team are available at odds of 17/2 with betvictor to surprise their visitors.

this is one of those games that could go either way, so we feel betfred’s 9/2 for this one to end all square at vicarage road is worth having a punt on.

manchester united v crystal palace: another stalemate at old trafford

our final preview comes from old trafford, where jose mourinho’s manchester united host sam allardyce’s crystal palace on the last day. after drawing an incredible 15 of their 37 premier league games, can the red devils sign off in front of their home fans with three points on sunday?

on the plus side for united, they have an excellent record over the eagles in recent times, winning seven of the last eight meetings between the pair, including a 2-1 emirates fa cup final triumph a year ago. in the reverse fixture at selhurst park shortly before christmas, man utd left with a 2-1 win, courtesy of goals from paul pogba and zlatan ibrahimovic.

too many draws hindered united’s title challenge this term, but only tottenham hotspur have lost less often than jose’s boys this season. the home team head into this one as the 6/4 favourites with betfred, with palace not too far behind at 9/4 with william hill.

11 of man utd’s 15 league draws have come at the theatre of dreams, a staggering stat mourinho must address if his side are to be anywhere near the top positions in the premier league next year. we fancy united to play out one final draw before next week’s europa league final, with betfred’s 12/5 for the stalemate just too good to turn down and 1-1 our correct score prediction at longer betting odds.


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