The race for the top four in the Premier League is more competitive than ever this season, but who are the favorites to get Champions League football?
Throughout the years, we have been used to the fight for the top four, being between the ‘Big Six’. Recently, Leicester has started getting involved but this season it is more open than ever.
Last season, Man City, Liverpool, Man United and Chelsea finished in the top four, with Leicester missing out on the final day. This season though, seven teams are all in with a chance of getting into the top four, this doesn’t include Man City who are 23 points clear of West Ham in fifth…
Getting into the Champions League is huge for any team. If you spend successive seasons out it can make it a lot harder to attract the biggest players, plus you don’t make as much money. On the other hand, it can be something that can take a club to the next level. They can start bringing in better players and who knows what can happen as a result!
Premier League Top Four Odds (Paddy Power)
Leicester – 1/7 – 3rd place – 62 points
The Foxes will be looking to make amends from last season. They are seven points from fifth place and with just five games to go have a very good chance. Maddison has just come back from injury and Leicester look back to their best. They have tough games remaining against Man United, Chelsea and Spurs, but if they can win their other games they should be fine regardless.
Chelsea – 4/9 – 4th place – 58 points
Earlier on in the season, it seemed like Chelsea wouldn’t get near the top four. They made a change by sacking Lampard and bringing in Thomas Tuchel. He has had great success since taking over and his side are currently in the Champions League semi-final. However, to win it is another thing and they need to get in the top four. Their run-in is also tough, with games against Leicester, City, and Arsenal. It’ll be interesting to see how Tuchel plays it with a potential Champions League final on the cards.
West Ham – 13/2 – 5th place – 55 points
The Hammers are having one of their best seasons to date and will fancy European football in some form next season. For them to get into the top four is going to require them to win their remaining five games. West Hams run-in isn’t too difficult, with their toughest game probable being Everton at home. It’s going to be a big ask for them to win their remaining five, but if they can it’ll be one of the club’s biggest ever achievements.
Liverpool – 15/8 – 6th place – 54 points
After a horror season and some really poor form of late, Liverpool are back in the race for the top four after the two sides above them dropped points recently. Klopp’s side are starting to find some form recently and a defensive partnership. They have a good squad of players and are capable of putting on a run to get back into the top four. With the teams above them having tough games coming up and Liverpool not so much, they could very easily sneak into the top four.