Premier League soccer betting – The race for the Top Four
January 2, 2020
Even before we have started a new year, it looks like the Premier League title race is well and truly over. After Liverpools win over Leicester City on Boxing Day, they now have 13 points clear of the Foxes in second place. The Reds have not lost a single game in the Premier League all season. They have won 17 of their 18 matches with one draw for their total of 52 points.
It will take a massive slump in form for Jurgen Klopp’s men to mess this up now. Liverpool is searching for their first-ever Premier League title. They have not actually been crowned champions of England since 1990 when it was just known as the First Division.
I think it’s safe to say, that only Liverpool fans are cheering them on in this race for the title. And that’s just how they like it. The odds on the Reds winning the Premier League title are not worth putting any money on currently, as they can be backed at -1000 at Unibet to be crowned champions.
Liverpool ran out 4-0 winners over Leicester City on Boxing Day. The Foxes were seen as their nearest rivals at the time. Goals from Roberto Firmino (two), James Milner and Trent Alexander-Arnold ensured the former Premier League champions would not be a major factor in this season’s outcome.
With that market being of no use to almost anybody, try your hand at predicting who will claim the top four positions to qualify for the Champions League.
Manchester City remains in third place having failed in their attempt to beat Wolves. They led 2-0 thanks to a brace from Raheem Sterling despite having goalkeeper Ederson sent off after 12 minutes. Wolves refused to lie down and they pulled one back through Adama Traore, before late goals from Jimenez and Matt Doherty sealed an amazing comeback win. City is still expected to finish second and have no odds of them finishing in the top four as it’s seen as a given. They are 14 points behind Liverpool and can be backed at winning the league at +1200.
Leicester, who are second on the ladder, can be backed at -500 to be playing soccer with the elite next season, while fourth-placed Chelsea is available at –125 with Unibet to remain in the top four places.
Now, although I cannot see any change in the title picture, I do feel there will be some movement on the Champions League battle.
My pick, as an outside bet, to finish in the top four is Manchester United and they can be backed at +325 to move from seventh to fourth during the final months of the campaign.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men have been hit and miss this season. They celebrated Boxing Day with a convincing 4-1 home win over Newcastle United at Old Trafford. Anthony Martial scored twice with Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford also finding the back of the net.
There is something about the Red Devils that I like. The return of Paul Pogba looked seamless on Boxing Day. If he opts to stay in January, then United could have a major say in the race for the top four.
There are two other teams who will be fighting it out for a top-four place. Both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur find themselves out of the top four and with new managers. Will one of them manage to turn a nightmare season into a successful one?
From the outside looking in, it looks like Mikel Arteta has a more difficult job on his hands with Arsenal, more than Jose Mourinho has with Spurs.
The Gunners have been nothing short of terrible this season. They are currently 11th on the league table with a points total of 24. They are 12 points behind Chelsea in fourth. It would take an amazing turn of form to be fighting for a Champions League place come May. If you like a gamble and have faith in Arteta, then back them at +2000.
Tottenham is in fifth at the moment, only three points behind Chelsea. Mourinho has started well at Spurs and they are playing some good soccer. It wouldn’t be a surprise if they caught Chelsea and took the fourth spot. They are +140 to do exactly that.
|Liverpool to win the Premier League
|Man City to win the Premier League
|Leicester to finish in the top four
|Chelsea to finish in the top four
|Arsenal to finish in the top four
|Tottenham to finish in the top four
Admir aka “The Admiral” has been around the sports industry for more than two decades as a professional athlete and sports agent.