English Premier League Betting Update PT 2- By A.J. Ryder on March 20, 2017 03:17 GMT
Arsenal have dropped out of the top five race and appear on a very distinct downward trend over the past few matches with no sign of abatement being shown. They were the second or third favourite and actually were priced in single digits to take the title not more than a few months ago but now appear at a price of around 500/1.
Everton are trading around 1000/1 while Southampton and West Brom carry odds of about 5000/1 at the few bookmakers actually willing to list them.
With things appearing to be relatively done and dusted in terms of the outright league winner, it looks like the fascinating clash is who's going to finish in the three other spots guaranteeing Champions League football next year. With Manchester United crashing out of the FA Cup to Chelsea last week but picking up steam in the league and leading the Europa League as the betting favourites to win the trophy, you reckon that Jose Mourinho will have his eye on a third place finish as a way to make a statement for next year.
Should United be able to finish not just fourth but potentially third, take down the League Cup and the Europa League that will be viewed as a fairly formidable achievement given how things have gone so far this season and how well the other sides have managed to play.
Spurs seemingly have a top four spot and European football locked down for next season with the bookmakers listing them at a slim price of about 1/8 to finish in the top four. Manchester City are similarly favoured with a price as good as 1/5 but with many more listing them around a 1/7 or 1/8 margin to secure a top four finish.
Liverpool are less of a certainty but still remain odds-on to finish in the top four this year. You'll find them trading at a price of about 8/15 and looking strong against upstarts Manchester United who appear to be up against it but at least making progress, having usurped Arsenal into fifth place at the present weekend.
United can be backed at a listing of about 6/4 to secure Champions League football next year – something that will definitely have an impact on their ability to sign some of the big names they want over the coming transfer window.