Champions League is always viewed as a lucrative entry to the glamorous European football. The money that comes with the qualification aside, European qualification gives the club a chance to test its progress against the best continental teams. It also gives a chance for the fans to see the best talent in their own stadia. After all, how often would you see a Lionel Messi or a Cristiano Ronaldo treating your fans!
The season has come to a stage where the qualification is all heated up. Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool are currently three points from each other in the same order in English Premier League. With just 9 games to play, there is every chance that teams like Southampton and Tottenham Hotspurs who are closely following this trio, usurp these teams. But, history and logic points to the fact that it would boil down to the three teams currently occupying 3rd to 5th places.
This is where the fixtures play an important part. Manchester United have the most unenvious task at hand with fixtures against Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal piling up. Then there are tricky away fixtures at Everton and Crystal Palace that could be potential banana peels. This puts United in an obviously tricky situation as the season winds down. If you feel that United will find their old steel to claw their way back to Champions League, back them at the odds of 1,80 to finish in top 4 or to end up 3rd for 3,75 offered by bet365.
Arsenal are known to maintain their perfect record of qualifying for Europe continuously and their fixtures list may not give any headaches to their supporters. Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United are obviously difficult fixtures but if Arsene Wenger and his squad can maintain their resolve, Champions league qualification is not beyond Arsenal. The odds for the same are being offered by bet365 at 1,57 for the 3rd place and with that, they are Bookies favorite to finish 3rd.
This leaves Liverpool, which is the most in form team at the moment in the league. After the reverse against Manchester United in mid-December, Liverpool went on a record that saw them climb steadily up the EPL table. And now, they are just one point away from the fourth placed Manchester United. The upcoming weekend fixture against their old enemy at Anfield gives a chance for Brendan Rodgers’ men to replace United in the top 4.
If Liverpool can maintain their form beyond the match against United, then Arsenal and Chelsea remain the only difficult fixtures. In their current form, the Anfield team looks set to march into Champions League qualification and end up there at the end of the season. If you believe so, you can check out the odds on Liverpool as nice 2,0 are offered by bet365 for the top 4 finish. If the Reds continue their run and finish 3rd in the end, you can even profit on awesome 6,50.
As the Premier League nears the season end, you can enjoy our expert take on betting tips and betting strategies to help you take winning positions more often. There could be some interesting results in the offing but trust our expert analysis to give you the edge.