Ten points adrift of fourth spot with only eleven matches remaining, Liverpool’s chances of qualifying for the Champions League look pretty slim but they still have every chance of securing a Europa League berth.
Brendan Rodgers takes his team to Wigan next and as no team in the Premier League has drawn as many games on the road this term as Liverpool, BetVictor’s 29/10 for the spoils to be shared at the DW Stadium, certainly catches the eye.
Wigan’s record in front of their own supporters of course, is pretty dismal, the Latics having won just twice in thirteen home games so it’s perhaps not surprising to see Liverpool installed as 4/5 favourites by bet365, with the hosts considered 7/2 outsiders at Stan James.
Nevertheless, buoyed by their emphatic 3-0 triumph at Reading in last weekend’s six-pointer, Roberto Martinez’s charges are capable of snatching a point and Stan James post 7/1 against it finishing one-each while Coral chalk the clash up at 11/2 to be level at the end of each half.
Manchester United remain a dozen points clear at the top of the table and at odds of 1/3 with bet365 they can move closer to regaining the title by seeing off Norwich at Old Trafford. Sir Alex Ferguson’s troops could get amongst the goals too and Coral chalk them up at 5/4 to score at least three times.
Not in action until Monday meanwhile, Manchester City should reduce the arrears at the summit and bookies agree, Ladbrokes pricing them at 8/15 to scoop a maximum haul at struggling Aston Villa.
A last-gasp Gareth Bale blockbuster propelled Tottenham into third place on Monday night as they edged out West Ham 3-2 and that result means Andre Villas-Boas’ troops have come in to 8/15 with bet365 to secure a top four finish.
Those odds will certainly shorten further if Spurs can pick up another three points on Sunday because they come up against North London rivals Arsenal, who currently lie four points behind their neighbours in fifth.
Defeat for the Gunners would be a real setback in their bid to qualify for next season’s Champions League and given the form of the hosts they look too big at 6/4 via Stan James to pile more pressure on Arsene Wenger.
Also in and around the European places, Stan James post a safe-looking 2/5 against a Chelsea triumph as they take on West Brom and Skybet quote Everton identically as they entertain relegation-threatened Reading; the duo double up at 19/20 (bet365).
Finally, Newcastle are a little overpriced at 5/2 (bet365) to capitalise on any Capital One Cup hangover as they head to Swansea, BetVictor rate Stoke at 11/10 to overcome West Ham and Coral offer 12/5 for the spoils to be shared as Sunderland host Fulham.