Liverpool had looked all but out of the race for a Champions League place but Manchester United’s shock home defeat to West Brom, allied with the Reds’ triumph over QPR, has given Brendan Rodger’s charges a glimmer of hope.
Admittedly, they’re still four points adrift of United with only three matches to play but the fact that Liverpool have been cut from 25/1 to 8/1 by bet365 to end up in the top four suggests they’re back in the running. They will however, in all probability, have to take maximum points from their remaining fixtures and that won’t be easy given that the Reds’ next assignment sees them travel to Stamford Bridge to face newly-crowned champions Chelsea.
Aided by home advantage, Jose Mourinho’s men are BetVictor’s 11/10 favourites to potentially end Liverpool’s interest in fourth place, an away success is a 3/1 chance with Ladbrokes and bet365 post 5/2 against an inconclusive affair.
There’ll undoubtedly be a few punters placing plenty of stock in the fact that the Blues have nothing to play for but they’ll be keen to cling on to their unbeaten home record and their resilience makes it hard to confidently tip a Reds triumph.
Nevertheless, Chelsea haven’t been entirely convincing of late so it’s worth considering a modest flutter on Rodgers’s side to collect a point in West London, where betway price a 1-1 scoreline at 6/1 and a score draw comes in at 15/4 (bet365).
Back-to-back defeats have left Manchester United nervously looking over their shoulder as they seek to cling on to a Champions League berth and as they don’t possess the best record on the road, there are many that will think Louis Van Gaal’s side look pretty vulnerable as they head to Crystal Palace.
A defeat for United at Selhurst Park is 18/5 (BetVictor) but those odds would be far more attractive had the Eagles not lost three on the spin, including two at home to West Brom and Hull. With that in mind, the jittery visitors should probably shade it and Skybet chalk them up at 11/4 to prevail by a one-goal margin. More precisely, bet365 price a 1-0 United triumph at 13/2.
In a clash crucial at both ends of the table, Manchester City are 1/4 (Stan James) to boost their hopes of finishing second by overcoming QPR, a result that would relegate Rangers and William Hill quote Arsenal at a slightly chunkier 1/3 to keep the pressure on City by seeing off Swansea. Aston Villa meanwhile, are evens with Paddy Power to get the better of West Ham and they combine with Man City and Arsenal in a 23/10 treble at BetVictor.
In Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off, Stan James mark 4/5 against Everton denting Sunderland’s survival hopes at Goodison Park, the same firm rate Hull at evens to send Burnley down to the Championship by conquering the Clarets at the KC Stadium and Winner.com’s 9/5 about a West Brom triumph at Newcastle looks a touch on the hefty side given the Magpies’ current woes.
Man Utd to beat Crystal Palace by one – 11/4 (Skybet)
Aston Villa, Man City and Arsenal treble – 23/10 (BetVictor)
Chelsea v Liverpool score draw – 15/4 (bet365)
West Brom to beat Newcastle – 9/5 (Winner.com)