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Premier League top-four odds: Mounting excitement at Hammers

| 13.11.2021

Premier League top-four odds and contenders

The race for the top four took a fresh twist at the weekend when West Ham defeated Liverpool 3-2 at the London Stadium to move into third place.

The Reds dropped from second to fourth as a consequence but they are 1/16 to grab one of the four Champions League places.

Champions Manchester City and leaders Chelsea are 1/200 and 1/33 respectively in the Premier League top-four odds but let’s look at the prospects of some of the other teams.

Manchester United

United finished runners-up last season but crushing home defeats by Liverpool and Manchester City have left them in sixth spot heading into the international break.

Speculation surrounding the future of manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continues to rumble on in the background with many fans unhappy with performances and results.

The Red Devils still have time to get things right but they had better hope Cristiano Ronaldo stays fit to justify Premier League top-four odds of 4/5.

Arsenal

The Gunners were 13/2 in the Premier League top-four odds in mid-October but they are unbeaten since August and 20 points from a possible 24 have lifted them to fifth in the table.

After Sunday’s 1-0 win against Watford, Mikel Arteta told the club website: “Winning before the international break is always good, it keeps the momentum going…good vibes.”

Arsenal are now 5/2 to finish in the top four and with no European distractions this season, they can focus fully on returning to the Champions League.

West Ham

Sunday’s victory against the Reds made it seven wins and two draws from 11 games and the feeling is growing the Hammers could finish in the top four.

West Ham went close last season, ending just two points behind fourth-placed Chelsea in sixth spot, and they are 11/4 to get the job done this time.

Manager David Moyes has generally stuck with the same starting XI in every match and if those players can stay injury free, it promises to be an exciting season for the east Londoners.

Tottenham

Antonio Conte was brought in to replace Nuno Espirito Santo at the start of the month so it may take a while for Spurs players to adapt to the Italian’s way of thinking but as things stand they are clearly a work in progress.

Only Norwich have scored fewer than Tottenham’s nine goals this season and if they are to challenge for the top four then Harry Kane will need to start motoring.

At the moment, the engine has stalled with just one goal this season having won the Golden Boot in the previous campaign which explains why ninth-placed Tottenham are 11/2 in the Premier League top-four odds.

Best of the rest

Leicester’s 1-1 draw at Leeds ensured they remain in the bottom half of the table and 12/1 to finish in the top four at the end of the season.

Brendan Rodgers clearly has a talented squad, one which has missed out on the top four in both of the last two seasons, so they should be expected to start picking up wins sooner or later.

Brighton have made a great start under Graham Potter, recently fighting back from two goals down to draw 2-2 at Liverpool having been in a relegation scrap for most of last season.

The Seagulls are level on points with Manchester United and 20/1 to finish in the top four while Everton have slipped to 33/1 having taken two points from the last five games.

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All odds and markets correct as of date of publication

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Warren Barner