Tue, Feb 27, 10:38am by Staff Writer
With Manchester City in action in the Carabao Cup Final this weekend, all of the action was focused on the fight for second place as bitter rivals Manchester United and Liverpool leapfrogged each other over the course of the weekend.
A 4-1 thrashing of West Ham United by Liverpool meant that they were temporarily in second place overnight ahead of Man United’s game. They dominated the game throughout as their attack continues to shine. Bigger questions will be asked of their defence though as they look to seal a spot in the top four and Champions League qualification. Liverpool stand at $1.10 to do so.
Manchester United have underperformed against sides in the top six of the EPL recently and were under pressure to improve against Chelsea. Striker Romelu Lukaku has only been criticised for his performances against the top sides, but it was his goal that sparked the comeback win. Indeed, he turned provider for the winner as Jesse Lingard headed home to seal a 2-1 victory that left them six points ahead of fifth placed Chelsea. United are priced at $1.08 to finish in the top four.
The Champions Chelsea, however, stand at $2.10 as they sit two points behind fourth placed Tottenham. They have struggled for consistency this year and rapidly need to improve if they are to not miss out on Champions League football next season.
Spurs, meanwhile, kept their hopes of a top four finish alive courtesy of yet another late Harry Kane goal. He popped up in the 88th minute to head past a resolute Crystal Palace defence who were fighting for EPL survival. His goal means Spurs are priced at $1.28 to finish in the top four.
Despite dropping points at home to Spurs, Crystal Palace’s hopes of survival remain intact as they stand at $3.10. Sitting joint on points with 18th placed Swansea though, they need to bounce back quickly to avoid relegation.
Swansea suffered a 4-1 hammering from Brighton away from home to drop into the relegation places. At $2.25 their EPL hopes for next season are far from certain, as they had no answers to Brighton’s high tempo football, as the home side dominated throughout.
A comical error for Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland meant that his side dropped two precious points away from home to Leicester. Stoke had appeared in control of the match until a freak own goal levelled up the tie with a cross bouncing in off Butland’s chest. Priced at $1.83 for relegation, though, there will have not been much laughter from Stoke fans.
West Brom seem almost certain for the drop after losing at home to Huddersfield Town. They have only won one EPL game in 14 attempts under Alan Pardew and slipped closer to relegation at $1.08. Sitting bottom of the league seven points from safety, concerns are growing for West Brom.
EPL Outright Top 4 Finish
Man Utd 1.08
EPL Outright Relegation
West Brom 1.08
Crystal Palace 3.10
West Ham 9.00
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