Manchester United are the punters’ favourite to pull off a Premier League top four finish, according to the latest data published by odds comparison site Oddschecker.
Bookmakers, on the other hand, continue to rate United as rank outsiders at 5/2 to qualify for an automatic spot in next year’s Champions League.
United face arguably the toughest fixture list amongst all four runners for the two remaining Champions League spots. Manager Ole Gunnar Solksjaer takes his side to Everton tomorrow before a mid-week derby fixture against the blue half of Manchester, with a critical eight days of fixtures being rounded off by a trip to Chelsea next Sunday – a game that could turn out to be United’s most decisive of the season.
Chelsea are also priced as outsiders at 6/4 to qualify for a top four finish, and are priced at the same odds – this time as favourites – to carry off this season’s Europa Cup which also offers a route to automatic qualification for next year’s Champions League.
North London’s European Distractions
Despite a narrow 1-0 defeat at Man City this afternoon and two tough upcoming Champions League fixtures with Ajax, Tottenham remain the bookies’ favourite at 1/3 to clinch a top four finish.
Of their four remaining games, Spurs play three at home with only one of their opposition appearing in the top half of the table – Everton, who currently sit in tenth place.
Arsenal – who also face a relatively easy run-in with their final five fixtures – will have to deal with their own European distractions as they face Valencia in their two-legged semi-final of a Europa Cup which resumes on Thursday, May 2nd.
Unai Emery’s side are also ranked as odds-on favourites, this time at 4/9, to finish within the top four.