The top four race is on
With seven rounds of Premier League fixtures left to go, the top four race has been blown wide open. It’s as tough to predict as the Grand National, with almost as many obstacles, falls and nearly as many temperamental characters at the starting gates.
The final furlong will require focus, confidence and stamina. That, and a jockey with a little bit of a wild streak.
Down the stretch they come!
Chelsea shrugged off their loss to Crystal Palace last week with a resilient 2-1 win over Manchester City. Their odds for the title went from 1/9 to 1/14 as they eased seven points clear at the top of the table. They face Bournemouth tomorrow, a side they have lost just twice against since 1988.
Tottenham’s three-goal turnaround against Swansea on Tuesday kept their title hopes just about alive, fitting for a side that have won more points in 2017 than any other Premier League side. (W9 D2 L1)
Bournemouth held Liverpool to a draw and Jurgen Klopp finds Pep Guardiola breathing down his neck with just two points splitting the third and fourth-placed sides, they are priced at 2/5 and 1/8 respectively to make the top four.
Arsenal and Manchester United are the stragglers. Both level on 54 points and four behind the Champions League places, the fight is definitely on between these two sworn enemies.
Could the favourites fall at the last?
Is there an outside chance Chelsea could be pipped at the post? Yes. A few of you may remember when we saw City turn over an eight-point deficit to their red rivals in the 2011/12 season. It’s certainly not unprecedented.
Tottenham are priced at 10/1 to snatch the title off The Blues while Liverpool are a whopping 75/1, but with just one loss in his last ten league matches, the title looks to be on its way to Stamford Bridge for the first time since the 2014/15 season. Antonio Conte is chomping at the bit.