Tue, Apr 24, 12:47pm by Staff Writer
Although Manchester City may have wrapped up the title last weekend, there is still plenty to play for in the EPL. The majority of sides have four games remaining to either save themselves from relegation to the Championship or to secure qualification for European football next season. This weekend the EPL was interrupted by the FA Cup semi-finals as four sides featured in them, however, there was still several key games.
Two late goals for West Bromwich Albion kept alive their slim hopes of survival as they claimed a draw against Liverpool. They remain rooted to the bottom of the ladder eight points from safety with three games to play. Sportsbet have suspended betting on their relegation as it becomes an almost inevitability.
The loss of two points has dented Liverpool’s hopes of denying Manchester United second place. After a bright start at the Hawthorns with two goals in 25 first half minutes, defensive lapses cost them again. At $1.02 though they appear certain to secure Champions League football again for next season, even if they did fail to take advantage of rivals United and Spurs facing each other in the FA Cup.
Swansea City remain four points clear of the relegation zone, despite a hammering from the newly crowned Champions, Manchester City. The Welsh club had no answers to City’s dynamic football as the home side ran in five unanswered goals to set the Etihad into party mode. Whilst Pep Guardiola’s men were beginning their celebrations, Swansea remain on high alert as they stand at $4.50 to be relegated.
A second half equaliser from Burnley’s Ashley Barnes, dented Stokes’ hopes for survival as they drew 1-1. They sit four points from safety, but the four clubs above them all have a game in hand meaning they face a difficult few weeks. Badou Ndiaye was so nearly the hero for the Potters who stand at $1.07 to be relegated. Out of their last three games, however, they play two other clubs also in the relegation battle, so a slim hope remains.
One of those sides is Crystal Palace who edged further to safety with another vital point in their goalless draw with Watford. Priced at $23 they appear safe but are still only six points from relegation. In a game of little excitement, the main talking point was Wilfred Zaha’s booking for simulation as he looked to win a penalty for his side.
West Ham United continue to be dragged into the relegation fight although they stand at $19. A 4-1 loss to Arsenal, though leaves them in the same position as Crystal Palace, hovering above the drop zone.
Sportsbet EPL Markets
West Ham $19
Crystal Palace $23
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