Premier League Top 4 Tips: Utd and Chelsea odds-on after Man City ban overturned

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With Manchester City's UEFA ban overturned, the race for a top four finish will be hotly-contested, says Max Liu as he reports on the latest betting...

"Chelsea [1.32] currently occupy third place on 60 points but, if United [1.15] beat Southampton tonight, the Red Devils will push the Blues into fourth."

Manchester United and Chelsea are both odds-on to finish in the Premier League top four after Manchester City's UEFA ban was overturned - a decision which means finishing fifth will not be enough to qualify for next season's Champions League.

City are second on 72 points, and cannot be caught be any of the teams below them, so it's third and fourth place that are up for grabs.

Chelsea [1.32] currently occupy third place on 60 points but, if United [1.15] beat Southampton tonight, the Red Devils will push the Blues into fourth.

That would mean Leicester [3.35], who were third for several months of the season, dropping into fifth, with three matches remaining for all teams in contention.

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Chelsea and Leicester both lost at the weekend and the drift on the latter's odds reflects their poor form since the restart - they've taken six points from six matches, winning one and losing three, including yesterday's alarming 4-1 reverse at Bournemouth.

By contrast, United are the division's form team, dropping just two points in their five matches since the restart ahead of Monday's home fixture against Saints.

Remaining fixtures

After tonight, United will play Crystal Palace and West Ham before they go to Leicester for what could be a top four decider on the final day.

Prior to that the Foxes host Sheffield United and travel to Spurs.

Chelsea will expect to bag three points when they play relegated Norwich at Stamford Bridge tomorrow night but a trip to Liverpool and home match against Wolves make for a daunting final two fixtures.

Wolves, Blades and even Spurs still in the mix

The race for fourth is as tight as it's been for many seasons: sixth-place Wolves [15.5] have 55 points while seventh-placed Sheffield United [150.00] have 54 and neither are mathematically out of the race.

The same is even true of Spurs [65.0] who climbed to eighth after beating Arsenal yesterday, although manager Jose Mourinho says he's targeting a top six finish for which his team are [5.6].

Max Liu,

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