Wed, Mar 14, 10:13am by Staff Writer
Manchester City sealed yet another win over Stoke to extend their lead at the top of EPL. They are truly on course to claim the title ahead of the season’s end. City have been exceptional this year and continue to string clinical performances together.
Ultimately, the battle at the top end of the EPL surrounds the remaining three positions in the top four to secure Champions League qualification for next season.
Two of those sides battling for the top four met at Old Trafford as Manchester United hosted Liverpool. United opened up a five-point gap between themselves in 2nd place and Liverpool in 4th, thanks to goals from Marcus Rashford. He was able to expose flaws in Liverpool’s defence, but the much-celebrated Liverpool attack force was stunted by Jose Mourinho’s tactics.
Both United and Liverpool appear on course to achieve a top four finish. United stand at $1.01 with Liverpool at $1.08.
Tottenham Hotspur boosted their own hopes, as they bounced back from a disappointing defeat to Juventus in the Champions League in midweek. Despite falling behind away from home to Bournemouth, they hit four unanswered goals to claim the three points. The win moved them up to 3rd ahead of Liverpool. They stand at $1.12 to finish in the top four.
This weekend’s fixtures have left Chelsea four points adrift of the top four in 5th place. Despite returning to winning ways against Crystal Palace, Chelsea appear to be struggling to achieve Champions League qualification. They are priced at $3.50 to beat one of their rivals to the much-needed position on the ladder.
Arsenal remain well off the pace and almost destined to miss out on Champions League football next season. At $81, their crushing over Watford appears to be for nothing, although they did keep 7th placed Burnley at bay for another week.
At the other end of the table, West Brom seem certain to fall out of the EPL into the Championship. They sit eight points away from safety after a 4-1 defeat at home to Leicester. The home side took the lead in the 8th minute but couldn’t contain Leicester and stand at $1.01.
Stoke’s loss to Manchester City left them in the relegation zone, just one point from safety. The 2-0 loss would have been almost expected but they remain in the fight for survival priced at $1.67. They sit on 27 points alongside Crystal Palace in 19th and 18th respectively. Palace’s loss to Chelsea gave Stoke a glimmer of hope. Crystal Palace stand at $2.88.
A 3-0 loss to Newcastle United, has ultimately cost Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino his job. Sitting just a point above the relegation zone and with only one win in 17 games, the Saints have decided to part ways with their manager. They are priced at $2.63.
In a match marred by fan protests and pitch invasions, West Ham fell closer to a potential relegation with defeat at home to Burnley. At $2.88, they are certainly in the mix of potential clubs that could drop out of the EPL.
Top Four Finish Outright Market
Man Utd 1.01
Relegation Outright Market
West Brom 1.01
West Ham 2.88
Crystal Palace 2.88
*Odds provided by Sportsbet
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