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Liverpool a good bet to claim second spot in top-of-the-table EPL tussle

Fri, Feb 23, 1:24am by Staff Writer

Liverpool has a good chance of snatching second spot as a top-of-the-table battle looms between Manchester United and Chelsea when the Premier League resumes for the 28th round this weekend.

Liverpool downed Southampton 2-0 before the FA Cup break to capitalise on a disappointing United loss to sit in third spot, just two points behind Jose Mourinho’s side.

Chelsea sits just a point back in fourth spot and faces United this week, setting up a three-way tussle for second.

United trails home-town rival Manchester City by a seemingly insurmountable 16 points and has been in patchy form of late, following a 2-0 loss to Tottenham with a 1-0 upset to Newcastle in the EPL, and playing out a 0-0 draw with Sevilla in the Champions League this week.

Chelsea, meanwhile, has also been patchy losing to Bournemouth and Watford this month, before an impressive 1-1 draw with Barcelona in the Champions League this week.

United is Sportsbet’s $2.10 favourite to win at Old Trafford on Monday, with Chelsea offering an attractive $3.40 and $3.25 for a draw.

Liverpool hosts a West Ham side it trounced 4-1 when they last met in November and are in ominous form after downing Porto 5-0 in the Champions League last week.

Liverpool has lost just one of its last 18 league games, while 12th-placed West Ham has won just five over the same period.

The Reds are paying $1.17 to beat the Londoners, with $12 for a loss and $7 for a draw.

Also eyeing a top-four spot is Tottenham, which travels to 15th-placed Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Spurs are the only unbeaten EPL side this year and come into the match after defeating United, drawing with Liverpool and downing Arsenal.

Spurs are paying $1.45 to make history and win three straight games at Palace for the first time, with $6.50 for a loss and $4.33 for a draw.

Runaway leader Manchester City can lengthen its lead when it travels to Arsenal next week, but first will test the Gunners’ mettle in Monday’s League Cup final.

City have been in stunning form through all competitions and are the undeniable favourites to claim their first trophy this season.

The FA Cup-holding Gunners are in real danger of missing the EPL top-four, and despite beating Chelsea to reach the final, appear unlikely to cause an upset.

City is on $1.38 to claim the Cup, with $2.90 for Arsenal, before the pair meet four days later to complete the 28th round of the EPL.

Aaron Mooy’s Huddersfield, meanwhile, continues to fight to avoid relegation in its first EPL season when it heads to Birmingham to take on West Bromwich Albion.

The 17th-placed Terriers beat Bournemouth 4-1 in the previous round, but that success was sandwiched between two demoralising losses to Manchester United

Huddersfield is on $4.33 to claim the much-needed points, with $1.83 for West Brom and $3.30 for a draw.

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