The destination of the Premier League title was decided long enough ago for the winners to have changed manager since clinching top spot but just a few places adrift of the table’s summit, the scrap for Champions League places has gone right to the wire.
North London duo Arsenal and Tottenham are the two teams battling it out for a top four berth and both come up against opposition from the North East as they seek to have the final say.
Currently in the driver’s seat, the Gunners are odds-on favourites at 8/13 with Ladbrokes to pick up a crucial maximum haul at Newcastle, bet365’s 5/1 outsiders, who have little to play for having confirmed their safety with a victory at QPR last time out.
The Magpies will nevertheless put up a fight but the performances in their last couple of home matches – a 3-0, derby reverse to Sunderland and a 6-0 mauling against Liverpool – don’t exactly point to an upset.
Moreover, Alan Pardew’s charges have managed just four goals in their last seven outings, a statistic that lends appeal to an away success ‘to nil’ at 9/4 (Skybet) while William Hill mark 17/2 against Arsene Wenger’s side notching twice without reply and Theo Walcott, who bagged a hat trick in the reverse fixture, is 5/1 via BetVictor to grab his fourth goal in four games by breaking the deadlock on Tyneside.