Tottenham completed a regulation 2-0 win over Huddersfield on Saturday, and further consolidated their position in the Premier League’s top 4, where they are now 5 points clear of 5th placed Chelsea, who have a game in hand (today), which just so happens to be at the Etihad, away to Manchester City.
Paddy Power now make Mauricio Pochettino’s men just 1/5 to finish in the Top 4, and take their place in next season’s Champions League.
Spurs’ goal difference is at +31, with Chelsea’s at +25, with the possibility that Chelsea could fall further behind Spurs’s goal difference if they get a good beating off City later today. At this stage of the season, that is virtually an extra point for Spurs.
All is currently looking good for Tottenham. They are in the midst of a remarkable unbeaten run, now 17 matches in all competitions, and if Pochettino needed a further boost, he got one yesterday with the exceptional form and two goals from Korean, Son Heung-Min, showing Spurs can still pick up points without Harry Kane goals.
In further Top 4 Finish Betting, Paddy Power have Manchester United at 1/14, Liverpool at 1/12, Chelsea at 6/4, and Arsenal are 33/1.
You need to deposit £5.00 to Coral, and the maximum bet you can have at 25/1 is £1.00. Bournemouth haven’t had a 0-0 since Swansea away on the 25th November, and we all know about Arsenal’s attacking credentials. I’d say that the chances of this match ending 0-0 are fairly remote.
If 0-0 is putting you off, then just have a couple of quid on 0-0 on the Betfair Exchange, at 19/1. As well as covering your bet on the exchange, if the match does ends 0-0, you will also get a £5.00 free bet from Coral. So you will be okay, win or lose.
This means if a goal is scored, you get £25.00 worth of free bets from Coral, and your pound back. While if the match ends 0-0, you will get a free bet of £5.00 from Coral, and £38.00 in cash from Betfair (assuming you have £2.00 at 19/1 on 0-0), if you decide to cover.
Arsenal are now out to 11/4 with Paddy Power in Premier League Top 4 Finish Betting, so the Gunners know they can’t afford any slips in matches like this. With Liverpool taking on Man City later, meaning there is a strong possibility they might drop points, Arsenal know that this is a must win game.
Spurs cut Everton down to size in the Premier League this evening, and in the process of doing so, they reminded Sam Allardyce that not only is his honeymoon period at Everton over, but that if he thought he had fixed their defensive woes, he’s badly mistaken.
The 4-0 win for Spurs has seen them move level on points and goal difference with fourth placed Liverpool, with the Reds only remaining ahead of Spurs on goals scored. A defeat for Liverpool at home to City on Sunday, would see Tottenham replacing them in the top 4.
All of this means that Tottenham are now fifth in the betting for a top 4 finish, at Even money with Paddy Power. There is no odds on Man City as they are miles ahead, and of the other runners and riders in Top 4 Finish Betting, Chelsea and Man Utd are both 2/9, Liverpool are 1/3, and Arsenal are the outsiders at 11/4.
Harry Kane also managed to score another 2 goals in the 4-0 win, and a result of that, the striker has been further cut in the Premier League Top Goalscorer Betting market, he is now just 1/3 to finish the season with the coveted Golden Boot.
Tottenham’s 1-1 draw at home to West Ham on Thursday, followed Arsenal and Chelsea playing out a 2-2 draw on Wednesday night, meaning in the race for a top 4 finish, Liverpool were the big winners.
Betfair currently have Chelsea looking a cert at 2/13 in Top 4 Finish Betting. The Blues are then followed by both Man Utd and Liverpool, who are both priced up at 3/10. On the back of tonight’s 1-1 draw, Spurs have now drifted out to 5/4, with Arsenal the main outsiders at 3/1.
It’s onto the FA Cup this weekend, so the Premier League will be taking a break for a few days. When it does resume on Saturday 13th January, Chelsea open up the proceedings at home to Leicester (3pm kick-off). They are then followed by Tottenham who have a tricky looking home fixture to Everton in the evening kick-off (5.30pm).
Arsenal are away to Bournemouth on Sunday, in what looks like a winnable match for Wenger’s men. The big showdown of the whole weekend comes on Sunday, when Liverpool host Manchester City at Anfield, kick-off 4pm (this match can be watched with a Sky Sports Day Pass), this fixture surely has the potential to open the door for Spurs and Arsenal to close the gap on Klopp’s team.
The weekend’s fixtures are then rounded off by Manchester United, who are at home to Stoke on Monday 15th, kick-off is at 8pm. It’s hard to see anything other than 3 points in that match for United.
For all the doom and gloom surrounding Chelsea after Saturday’s 1-0 defeat away at West Ham, the 3 points they picked up by beating Huddersfield 3-1 at the John Smith’s tonight has seen them go level with Man Utd in joint second place.
The Blues dominated the match with 64% possession, and they had 12 shots (5 on target), compared to the hosts, who had 7 shots, with just 2 on target.
It now looks pretty obvious that the title race is over. In Premier League Betting, Chelsea are a massive 50/1, third favourites behind Man City and Man Utd. It’s in the Top 4 Finish Betting market, where the real battle seems to be taking place now.
Manchester City are already unbackable, meaning there are 5 teams in the running for the remaining 3 Champions League places (sorry Burnley fans, I’m counting Man Utd, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Spurs as the 5).
William Hill have Chelsea as 2/9 third favourites behind City and Man United. Jose’s men are a short looking 1/7, Liverpool are 1/2, with Arsenal and Spurs both at 6/4. Okay, Burnley are 250/1 with Skybet – they are as short as 25/1 with Hills, there I’ve given them a mention – and rightly so, as they are having an outstanding season.