Manchester United 10/11 To Finish In The Top Four After 3-2 Victory Over Arsenal

Published: 3rd December 2021
Author: Dean Carr
Last Updated: 27th April 2023

The race for fourth place is heating up a third of the way into the new Premier League season with a number of teams in contention for the position.

Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool all look secured in the top three positions having already created a seven-point buffer between themselves and fourth-placed West Ham United. 

Behind them are a contingent of teams that will all have their eyes set on securing Champions League football next season. West Ham, Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester United, Wolves, Brighton and Leicester are all separated by just five points between 4th and 10th.

The aforementioned Chelsea, City and Liverpool are all priced at 1/66, 1/100 and 1/33 respectively to finish in the top four this season with Bet365. The next favourites to achieve a top-four finish are Manchester United, who are now available at 10/11 to qualify for the group stages of next season’s Champions League.

That is a price that has shortened in the aftermath of their 3-2 victory over top-four rivals Arsenal at Old Trafford on Wednesday night in what was Michael Carrick’s final game in caretaker charge. Cristiano Ronaldo was the star of the show once again, scoring twice in the second half to help his team claim a big three points. 

Defeat would’ve left them eight points behind Arsenal in the table, giving the incoming Ralf Rangnick a big task ahead of him to try and catch Mikel Arteta’s team. Instead, they are now just two points behind the Gunners and three points off West Ham in fourth, with David Moyes’ side now winless in their last three matches.

Coming into the busy festive period of action United have a run of games in which they will be expecting to take a significant return of points in the Premier League. Their next six fixtures will see them take on Crystal Palace (H), Norwich City (A), Brentford (A), Brighton (H), Newcastle United (A) and Burnley (H).

If they can put together a run of positive results and feed off of the positivity that is regularly seen when a new manager enters the dugout then they could really establish themselves in fourth. Most sane supporters will have already given up on the prospect of the Premier League title having already fallen 12 points behind leaders Chelsea and they have already lost more league games this season than the top three combined.

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However, it is crucial that they give their incoming new manager the opportunity to take over with the club in the Champions League, be it Mauricio Pochettino or Erik ten Hag, both of whom have been linked with the pending Old Trafford vacancy.

Arsenal are next in line at 10/3 and although they have made progress this season there will still be concerns about their record against teams competing in and around the top four. They have lost to all of the four favourites to finish in the Champions League places in the Premier League after just 14 games.

London rivals Tottenham and West Ham are 4/1 and 9/2 respectively and it will be interesting to see how each of their Thursday night commitments alter their league form. Spurs’ squad looks extremely short of quality but they do have a world class manager in Antonio Conte, while the Hammers have a thin squad that may struggle with fixture congestion later in the season, particularly when you consider their reliance on Michail Antonio.

Despite a slow start to the season Leicester are still in the mix at 16/1. They are currently 10th but are just five points adrift of the Champions League places that they have competed for in each of the last two campaigns before ultimately falling short. 

The two main outsiders of the top 10 at this moment in time are Wolves and Brighton, who are 8th and 9th in the Premier League table respectively. Graham Potter’s men are a 50/1 shot to squeeze their way into the Champions League, while Bruno Lage’s team are 66/1.

Be sure to check out the best mobile betting sites before placing your bets on who will finish in the top four this season.

Selected Premier League Top Four Finish Odds

  • Manchester City – 1/100
  • Chelsea – 1/66
  • Liverpool – 1/33
  • Manchester United – 10/11
  • Arsenal – 10/3
  • Tottenham Hotspur – 4/1
  • West Ham United – 9/2
  • Leicester City – 16/1
  • Brighton & Hove Albion – 50/1
  • Wolverhampton Wanderers – 66/1
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