Fri, May 5, 4:25pm by Staff Writer
With three rounds remaining in the Premier League, two compelling late-season tussles have emerged.
Chelsea and Tottenham are separated by just four points in their battle for the title and both are tipped to win this weekend.
Meanwhile, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and even Arsenal can’t afford a slip up as they look to secure a top-four finish and a place in the Champions League.
After leading most of the season, the Premiership is Chelsea’s to lose with three lopsided fixtures left to play.
First up for the Antonio Conte’s side is a home match this weekend against Middlesbrough, who face their own battle, in their case for survival in the top tier.
Despite a surprise 2-2 draw with United last week, Middlesbrough are given little chance of toppling the top team, with William Hill paying $1.15 for a Chelsea victory against $17 for a loss and $7.50 for a draw.
Tottenham are also expected to claim the three points when they travel across London to West Ham.
West Ham still need at least a draw from their final matches to take them mathematically out of any relegation calculations.
Tottenham, meanwhile, have a chance to close their gap behind Chelsea to just one point, albeit maybe for just three days until Chelsea’s Monday match.
The money is behind a Tottenham victory, with $1.40 for a win, $7 for a loss and $4.75 for a draw.
Liverpool will not be able to take a win at Southampton for granted after several upsets in recent times.
Reds manager Jurgen Klopp is yet to beat Southampton drawing two and losing one of the three games he has taken charge of against them, as well as two defeats in this season’s League Cup semi-finals.
If Liverpool are to break the curse, now is time to do it, and the bookies at offering $1.57 for the Reds to win at Anfield with $6 for a loss and $3.80 for a draw.
Fourth-placed pressure Manchester City will be feeling the pressure when they host a resurgent Crystal Palace, with cross-town Rivals United breathing down their neck just a point behind in fifth place.
City have only won two of their last eight Premier League matches, and will enter this weekend’s game off the back of successive draws against United and Middlesbrough.
Regardless, City are paying $1.25 for a win, with Palace on a tempting $11 and $6 for a draw.
Arsenal host United in what could be the final decider of their Champions League ambitions for next season.
Mourinho has confirmed he will rest key players against Arsenal ahead of United’s Europa League semi at Celta Vigo, making the Gunners $1.90 favourites for their match, with $3.75 for a loss and $3.60 for a draw.
In other games, Swansea and Everton are on level money at $2.60, Bournemouth are at $2.15 to beat Stoke, Burnley are paying $2.25 to defeat West Bromwich Albion, Hull are $1.44 favourite to down Sunderland and Leicester are paying $1.60 for a win over Watford.
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