Fri, May 11, 8:44am by Staff Writer
Chelsea’s chances of playing Champions League football next year could be decided by a trip to Newcastle this weekend as the Premier League heads into its final round.
Aaron Mooy’s Huddersfield drew 1-1 with 2017 EPL champion Chelsea to ensure it spends at least another season in the top-flight competition.
But the surprise draw at home leaves Chelsea outside the top four and with an anxious wait to see if a win on Monday will be enough to see it leapfrog Liverpool into an automatic Champions League spot.
Tenth-placed Newcastle narrowly fell 1-0 to Tottenham this week to ensure Spurs a place in the top four.
Sportsbet is tipping Chelsea to do the same, paying $1.57 for the Londoners to win against $5.50 for a loss and $3.75 for a draw.
Even if Chelsea takes the points, the Blues will still need Liverpool to lose to Brighton if they are to make the top four.
Fourth-placed Liverpool leads Chelsea by just two points heading to the weekend and are in strong form, despite losing to their London rivals last week.
The Reds may feel they have bigger fish to fry with Champions League finals against Real Madrid looming but will still be loath to pass up a top-four finish, especially at home.
Brighton are unpredictable, following an upset win over Manchester United this month with a 3-1 loss to Manchester City.
There are few surprises expected this week, with Liverpool on just $1.15 to claim the vital win, $15 for Brighton and $7.50 for a draw.
Southampton’s EPL future appears to be safe as to prepares to host champions Manchester City.
Sitting 17th on the ladder, Southampton is just three points outside the relegation zone, but with a vastly superior goal difference to 18th-placed Swansea.
City are the predictable $1.40 favourites to win on Monday, with $7 for Southampton and $4.50 for a draw.
Manchester United will play two games in four days as it looks to ensure it holds onto second place, starting with a trip to West Ham on Friday.
A win over the 15th-placed London club will be enough to ensure United ends the season second only to home-town rivals City, although at least 18 points behind.
If Jose Mourinho’s men falter in London, they will need a big win over 13th-placed Watford on Monday to see of Spurs’ challenge.
United is on $1.72 to beat West Ham, with $4.50 for a West Ham and $3.75 for a draw. Against Watford, they’re paying $1.20 to finish on a high at Old Trafford, with $12 for Watford and $6.50 for a draw.
With a Champions League spot secured and a mathematical chance of a second-place finish, Tottenham will be formidable opponents for Leicester.
Leicester striker Jamie Vardy scored his sixth goal in as many EPL matches to claim a 3-1 win over Arsenal this week, but will need an even better performance to upset Spurs at home.
Tottenham is paying just $1.22 to take the three points, with $10 for ninth-placed Leicester and $6.50 for a draw.
Suggested Bet: Liverpool and Brighton to draw: $7.50
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