Premier League Betting Odds As Top-Four Race & Relegation Battle Goes Into Final Day
The English Premier League
’s top four race will go down to the wire, with the season set to culminate this Sunday. All of the league’s 20 clubs will be in action at the same time and there will be a number of agendas afoot.
The league title is already wrapped up; Liverpool were presented with the trophy at the end of their 5-3 win against Chelsea on Wednesday night. But the top four and relegation battles are yet to be completely decided.
Aston Villa, Watford and Bournemouth are all fighting to remain in the top flight; Norwich City are the only confirmed relegation outfit as we head into the final day.
As is typical with any Premier League matchday, bets are poised to be placed in a flurry and this particular one will be the height of excitement in that regard. Punters are welcome to visit the FreeBets UK
website for the best tips, free bets and offers. Villa are favourites to stay up at 2/5 with Bet365 following their 1-0 win over Arsenal in midweek. The Hornets, who sacked manager Nigel Pearson on Sunday with just two games left to go, are 9/4 with William Hill and their 4-0 loss to Manchester City leaves their survival prospects in danger. Bournemouth, meanwhile, are 14/1 to remain part of England’s top tier with Betfair.
Eyes will be on the battle for the PL’s Champions League spots, which took another twist on Wednesday as Manchester United climbed up to third on the table via a 1-1 draw with West Ham. Tied on points with Chelsea, the Red Devils are above Frank Lampard’s Blues on goal difference; the defeat to Liverpool, while spirited, saw them usurped by the Old Trafford outfit.
The Blues went into Wednesday’s game at 12/5 to beat the 20/21 favourite Reds. Fans who bet on United drawing with the Hammers likely enjoyed the returns on the 11/2 odds offered by the bookmakers
. Like the Blues, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men only need one point to qualify for a UCL berth. They were 1/7 to do so prior to their last outing and odds have shortened slightly, with bookmakers now handing 1/6.
Leicester City, in fifth place after maintaining a stranglehold on third place for some time, can still qualify for the top four but will need to beat Man United on Sunday to do so. Betway’s odds have moved from 11/4 to 13/8 on that front. A point will only be sufficient if the Blues lose to Wolverhampton as they also have a superior goal difference over Chelsea and will be level on points if they share the spoils with United.
Chelsea will rue losses to West Ham and Sheffield United if they can’t maintain a top-four place. Their performance against Liverpool was actually quite impressive and, at times, it seemed like they would have completed a comeback or at least picked up a point. There’s hardly any shame in losing to the Anfield side but they should have done a lot better against the aforementioned lesser sides. They’re still the favourites to make it to the top four, however, and William Hill has them at 12/1 to qualify.
A win against Wolves will guarantee that and so will a draw, regardless of what happens when United and Leicester face off. The Blues have home comforts on their side, which isn’t as great given the lack of fans. But it’s still something.
Paddy Power has Chelsea as the favourites for their closing-day showdown and are offering 4/5 on their chances. Wolves are 3/1 with the same bookmakers, who have 13/5 going on a draw. The Blues are also in the FA Cup Final and are 6/5 favourites to beat London rivals Arsenal, who are 11/5.