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Football : Battle for Europe: Klopp and Guardiola leading the race, Arsenal set to fumble

Premier League leaders Chelsea have had a free run at the title this year and Antonio Conte's men already have one hand on the trophy
Posted: 12/05/2017 - 11:45

However, it is completely different scenario when it comes to the top four race. Although Liverpool and Manchester City are in the lead, Manchester United and Arsenal are breathing down their necks. The fight for a place in the Champions League is all set to go down to the wire.

Will Arsenal finally slip up this season?


The Gunners have had a tremendous record of finishing in the top four under Arsene Wenger. However, that position is under threat this year. With just three matches remaining, Arsenal will have to wait for others to slip up in order to qualify for the Champions League.

Arsenal are fifth in the table right now, four points behind Liverpool who have played one more game. If Jurgen Klopp's men can win their two remaining matches, Arsenal will have to make do with the Europa League next season.

Having said that, Arsenal will still need to win all of their remaining matches even if their rivals drop points.

Betting Tip:

Arsenal are 5/2 to finish in the top four with Bet365. It seems the Gunners have left it too late this year. They are much more likely to play in the Europa League next season.

Liverpool: Can Klopp's side step up and deliver?


Liverpool have had a poor season but their fate is still in their hands. If they can beat West Ham and Middlesbrough, they will play in the Champions League next year.

The Reds have struggled against West Ham over the last few seasons and it will be a massive challenge for them. Liverpool are capable of beating any side in the country on their day, but they tend to disappoint against weaker teams.

It will be interesting to see whether Jurgen Klopp can motivate his side to turn up in their next two matches and deliver when it matters most.

Betting Tip:

Despite the tendency to drop points against midtable sides, Liverpool have a lot at stake here and they will turn up. With Sturridge and Lallana back in the team, Jurgen Klopp's men are second favourites to finish in top four after Manchester City.

Bet on Liverpool to finish fourth with Bet365 (1/3).

Manchester United: Mourinho banking on Europa


Jose Mourinho fielded a weakened side against Arsenal in the league. His message was received loud and clear. The former Chelsea boss has given up on the league and will look to qualify for the Champions League through the Europa. United are sixth right now and will travel to White Hart Lane on Sunday. Their chances of finishing in the top four seem extremely unlikely.

Betting Tip:

Manchester United are 16/1 with Bet365 to finish in the top four>. As things stand, that seems highly unlikely.

Manchester City well placed to secure top four


Pep Guardiola has had a season to forget so far but his side are well placed to finish in the top four.

Manchester City are three points ahead of Arsenal and four clear of cross-town rivals Manchester United. City are playing Leicester, WBA and Watford in their last three matches and are favourites to finish in top three.

Betting Tip:

Manchester City are rightly priced at 1/50 (Bet365) to finish inside the top four. They are in good form and have the quality to beat all of their remaining opponents.

Europa League Qualification

In case Manchester United fail to win the trophy this season, they will play in the Europa League next season. They have already secured their place by winning the League cup this season.

As for Arsenal, they are firm favourites to qualify for Europa through League positions.

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