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Battle for top-four heats up after Manchester City claims EPL title

Fri, Apr 20, 10:00am by Staff Writer

After Manchester City finally wrapped up the Premier League title last week, attention now turns for the all-important battle for a top-four finish and Champions League qualification.

While City was clearly the season’s runaway leader, seven teams are mathematical chances for the remaining Champions League spots with just four matches remaining.

Second-placed Manchester United claimed a much-needed 2-0 win over Bournemouth this week, but lead Liverpool by just four points after 34 matches.

Fourth-placed Tottenham left itself especially vulnerable when it failed to press home its advantage in a 1-1 draw with Brighton this week to sit just eight points ahead of Chelsea, which has a game in hand.

The Reds, the only English team to make this season’s Champions League semi-finals, will maintain the pressure on United when they travel to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

Liverpool looks in ominous form after reaching the Champions semi-finals via an unexpected 5-1 aggregate win over Manchester City. The Reds went on to down Bournemouth 3-0 in the EPL last week.

West Bromwich Albion, meanwhile, looks destined for relegation and sits at the bottom of the table after managing just one win in 11 matches – a 1-0 upset over Manchester United last week.

Sportsbet is paying just $1.45 for Liverpool to take the three points this week, with $6 for West Brom and $4.33 for a draw.

Defending champion Chelsea has lost five of its their last nine EPL matches and scraped through for a 3-2 win over Southampton on the weekend.

Seventh-placed Burnley, meanwhile, beat Leicester 2-1 last week and are just two points behind Arsenal in the chase for European football.

Chelsea is playing $1.83 to take the points Friday in the must-win contest, with $4.50 for Burnley and $3.50 for a draw.

While Arsenal have failed to impress this season, Arsene Wenger’s side have less to lose than West Ham when the London rivals meet Sunday.

The Gunners have lost just one of their last 19 EPL matches against West ham, a 2-0 defeat at home in 2015.

West Ham are still in danger of relegation, sitting 14th on the table and just seven points clear of the relegation zone.

The Gunners are the $1.45 favourites to win at home, with $5 for a loss and $4.33 for a draw.

Also staring down relegation are Swansea, which just five points outside the drop zone and must win its first ever match at Manchester City on Monday.

Swansea has beaten City once in the EPL, when it claimed a 1-0 home win in 2012.

In their 12 subsequent encounters in all competitions, City has won 10 times with two draws.

The newly crowned champions are predictably the $1.14 favourites to win the home match, with a whopping $15 for Swansea and $7.50 for a draw.

Suggested Bet: Take Liverpool and Arsenal to win: $2.25


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