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 though, other clubs like Leicester and West Ham have started getting involved.
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, there will be eight teams all with their eyes on finishing in the top four.
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!
After winning the two biggest prizes in club football last season, we think Chelsea (1/4) and Man City (1/33) are both certs to get in the top four, so we’re going to look at the other sides fighting it out.
Premier League Top Four Odds (Betfair)
Liverpool – 1/10 – 2nd place – 15 points.
Jurgen Klopp’s side looked like they would miss out last season, but got in on the final day. They have more than a good enough squad to be getting in the top four this season and will be aiming to win the league. Liverpool have reinforced this summer bringing in Konate who is a centre-back.
They have started the season well and are in good form, looking back to their best. With the likes of Van Dijk, Gomez and Henderson all back fit, Liverpool should really be looking to fight it out for the title, not the top four!
Man United – 1/3 – 4th place – 14 points.
Solksjaers side had a fantastic transfer window that saw not just Sancho and Varane join the club, but Cristiano Ronaldo make his long-awaited return. Given that they finished second last season and have improved the squad a lot this summer, you would expect them to get in the top four. Last year their biggest issue was conceding goals but with Varane now part of the defence, he should help stop this. If United didn’t get top four with Ronaldo in their team, it would be a huge shock and probably the end of the managers time at the club.
Tottenham – 6/1 – 8th place – 12 points.
The only ‘Big Six’ club coming into the season with a new manager is Spurs. Ex-Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo has had a good start to life at Spurs winning their opening three games. On top of this, Harry Kane has now committed his future to the club after it looked like he was on his way to City. This is a huge boost and with him in the squad, they look the most likely to put pressure on last years top four sides.
Arsenal – 6. /1 – 11th place – 10 points.
The Gunners are struggling right now having lost all three of their opening matches. They have been missing key players in each of these so we shouldn’t look too much into them. Arteta struggled last season, with his side finishing eighth, however, they were only six points off of getting into the top four. Arsenal needs to get the best out of players like Aubameyang, Lacazette and Pepe is they want any chance of Champions League football next season.
Leicester – 14/1 – 13th place – 8 points.
For two seasons in a row, Leicester have missed out on the top four on the final day of the season. They clearly have a good enough squad to mount a serious challenge for it and now this should be their main aim. If they were to get into the top four it could take them to the next level. Leicester do need to invest though as we have seen, when they lose one or two key players they struggle to replace them. Rodgers is a very good manager and will have learned from the last two seasons.
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