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Premier League top-four odds: Spurs new favourites for Champions League spot

| 19.01.2022

Premier League top-four odds and contenders

The battle for fourth spot is proving to be a thrilling one, with Manchester United, Tottenham, Arsenal and West Ham all involved in a four-way scrap.

Spurs are the new outright favourites at 13/8 in the Premier League top-four odds following their sensational comeback victory at Leicester on Wednesday night.

We’re taking a look at the teams in the running to be playing at Europe’s top table next season and their odds.

Tottenham

Spurs moved up to fifth on Wednesday after substitute Steven Bergwijn scored two stoppage-time goals to seal a 3-2 win at Leicester, a result which means they are now just a point behind West Ham with three games in hand.

Tottenham manager Antonio Conte said: “I think it was an amazing game. Honestly, we didn’t deserve to lose the game and also we didn’t deserve to draw because we created many chances and in many circumstances we were unlucky.”

Tottenham have another tough match this weekend as they take on Chelsea for the third time in less than three weeks.

The European champions won both legs of their Carabao Cup semi-final and although they hold an eight-point lead over Spurs, Conte’s side have played four games fewer, so Sunday’s match is an important one.

Arsenal

West Ham leapfrogged the Gunners into fourth with a 2-0 victory over Norwich last Wednesday and Tottenham also jumped over their rivals with their win at the King Power Stadium.

However, the Gunners are just two points behind the Hammers with a couple of games in hand so there is no need to reach for the panic button just yet especially as they had a free weekend.

Arsenal’s request to have Sunday’s clash with arch rivals Tottenham called off because they were unable to raise a team was accepted by the Premier League, but the signs are that things are improving at the Emirates.

A combination of injuries, suspensions, Covid cases and players being away at the Africa Cup of Nations meant Arteta was unable to field 13 outfield players and a goalkeeper for the Spurs game.

However, Thomas Partey is expected back soon after Ghana were knocked out of the group stage in Cameroon and several other players are expected to return this week for the Gunners.

They host bottom-of-the-table Burnley on Sunday three days after facing Liverpool in the second leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final and are now 7/4 in the Premier League top-four odds.

Manchester United

The Red Devils were under the cosh in the first half at Brentford, but three second-half goals ensured a 3-1 victory on Wednesday night when Cristiano Ronaldo reacted angrily to being substituted with 20 minutes remaining.

That result means the Red Devils are two points adrift of West Ham in seventh place with a game in hand and they are 9/4 for a top-four finish. They have a favourable run of fixtures in January and February during which they face Burnley, Leeds and Watford in addition to home games against West Ham and Southampton.

Ralf Rangnick is set to welcome back Paul Pogba after the winter break, but before then they need maximum points from Saturday’s clash with the Hammers if they are to stay in the chasing pack.

West Ham

The Hammers were 5/1 in the Premier League top-four odds in our last preview, but surprisingly suffered a shock defeat by Leeds on Sunday having beaten the same opposition in the FA Cup seven days earlier.

West Ham twice fought back to level against Marcelo Bielsa’s side, but Jack Harrison completed his hat-trick to seal a remarkable win in a pulsating game.

The east Londoners are now 7/1 to finish in the Champions League spots and with a tough trip to Old Trafford coming on Saturday they cannot afford too many more slip-ups.

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All odds and markets correct as of date of publication

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Warren Barner