Fri, Apr 27, 7:54am by Staff Writer
Arsenal’s prospects of playing in next year’s Champions League could hinge on its trip to Old Trafford and a meeting with Manchester United this week.
Fifth-placed Arsenal kept its hopes of a final-four spot alive with a 4-1 thumping of West Ham last week, but manager Arsene Wenger’s final EPL season has been nothing if not inconsistent.
Since losing the League Cup to premiers Manchester City in February, the Gunners have bested big-name teams in both the EPL and Europe, only to fall short to the likes of Brighton and Newcastle.
Second-placed United have also been prone to upsets, but proved their capabilities with a 3-2 victory over City last month.
Jose Mourinho’s side is not expected to be troubled by Arsenal at home, with Sportsbet paying just $1.40 for the win, $7.50 for a loss and $4.50 for a draw.
Nothing is ever clear with Juergen Klopp’s side who ended up kicking themselves after the whistle went at Anfield on Tuesday despite ending up the right side of a 5-2 first-leg scoreline.
Should United falter, Liverpool take a share of second spot with a win over lowly Stoke City on Saturday.
The Reds trail United by just three points on 71 with three matches left in the season and is firming as a Champions League final favourite.
After playing out a 2-2 draw with West Bromwich Albion last week, Liverpool recovered to down Roma 5-2 in the Champions League semi-finals on Wednesday and are looking in fearsome form.
Stoke, meanwhile, is second last on the table and could be relegated this week if they lose and Swansea City beats Chelsea.
The Reds are $1.25 favourites to take the points at Anfield, with $11 for Stoke and $5.50 for a draw.
Tottenham will be desperate to down Watford at home as it clings to fourth spot on the ladders.
Spurs have gone three games without a win and have Chelsea breathing down their necks just five points behind.
Watford, while safe from relegation in 12th spot, have not won in six matches and look unlikely to pose a threat to Spurs.
Tottenham is virtually unbackable on $1.11 for the win, with $15 for Watford and $7.50 for a draw.
Swansea is 17th on the ladder and will be playing for its place in the EPL when it hosts Chelsea on Sunday.
Chelsea is unbeaten in four matches and can’t afford to lose this weekend if it is to overtake Spurs and claim a coveted top-four spot.
Chelsea is paying $1.45 to deny Swansea for sixth straight game, with $7 for a loss and $4 for a draw.
With the EPL title already in the bag, Manchester City will be chasing a spot in the record books when it travels to West Ham on Sunday.
The Citizens need just six more goals and two wins from their final four games to set new EPL scoring and points records.
City is on $1.25 to take the points against the London club, with $10 for a loss and $5.50 for a draw.
Suggested Bet: Both Manchester United and Arsenal to score: $1.83
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