Anybody who thought the Top 4 in the Premier League was a done deal may have jumped the gun a little bit. Especially after Thursday night’s result from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Spurs 3-0 Arsenal
Tottenham’s demolition of Arsenal has completely blown the race wide open. The 3-0 win leaves Spurs just 1 point behind Arsenal, and with a more favourable looking run-in.
Arsenal’s chief tormentors were the deadly Spurs duo of Harry Kane and Son Heung-min. Kane scored a first half brace, with Son adding the third 2 minutes into the second half.
The Gunners didn’t help their cause by having Rob Holding sent off after 33 minutes for two bookable offences.
As is predictable in a game like this, the referee’s performance has come under scrutiny for match-affecting decisions. Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was unsurprisingly unhappy with the awarding of Spurs’ penalty for the first goal. He was also unhappy with Holding’s red card.
Spurs boss Antonio Conte hit back by saying Arsenal unfairly got the game called off during the mid season covid outbreak. Conte claimed Arsenal used the Covid excuse due to injuries. When according to the Italian, the Gunners only had one player with the virus.
It’s all a bit silly as per usual. And in the case of Arteta, pretty typical from a top club manager who has just lost a big game.
In the interests of fairness, I’m sure Conte would have been saying something similar had the roles been reversed.
Premier League Top 4 Betting
Even though it’s still mathematically possible for both Arsenal and Spurs to catch Chelsea, most bookmakers aren’t even including the Blues in the betting market.
The majority have it a 5/6 on both the North London rivals. While any bookmaker breaking rank is slightly favouring Arsenal. I have seen 4/5 and 8/11 on the Gunners, and Evens on Tottenham.
The latest Premier League betting for a Top 4 Finish is: