Premier League Football Preview: Who Will Qualify for the Champions League?

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Updated Sunday 21st May 2017, 06:26 PM


It’s the final day of the 2016/17 Premier League campaign and the race for a place in next season’s Champions League is going down to the wire. Fans of Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City will watch on nervously this Sunday as their sides aim to qualify for football’s most prestigious club competition, but with just two spots available, which teams will prosper?

The Fixtures

Arsenal v Everton - If Arsenal are to qualify for next season’s Champions League, they will need to rely on their rivals slipping up. The north London side currently sit just outside the top four and risk missing out on a place in the Premier League’s top quartet for the first time in over two decades. A midweek victory over already-relegated Sunderland kept the Gunners’ dreams alive and intensified the pressure on Liverpool and Man City, but even a win this weekend might not be enough. Nevertheless, expect Arsene Wenger’s side to attack from the first whistle against an Everton side who might not be playing to their full potential, especially given that their Merseyside rivals are amongst the sides still in contention for the continental competition.

  • Winner: Arsenal 4/9, Draw 7/2, Everton 11/2 - Bet365
  • Top Tip: Arsenal to win to nil 7/4 - BetVictor

Liverpool v Middlesbrough - Jurgen Klopp’s dream of managing in the Champions League next term is just 90 minutes from becoming reality, but if there is one team capable of throwing this opportunity away, it’s Liverpool. The Reds have performed wonders against the division’s top sides this season, but have faltered terribly against clubs towards the bottom of the table, with defeats against Burnley, Swansea and Hull proving that the Merseyside outfit can gift valuable points to much weaker teams. However, with Championship-bound Middlesbrough having already crashed through the trapdoor, surely the Anfield faithful can expect the win that will land Liverpool only their second top four finish in eight years.

  • Winner: Liverpool 2/13, Draw 11/2, Middlesbrough 22/1 - Coral
  • Top Tip: Draw/Liverpool in the Half Time/Full Time market 10/3 - William Hill

Watford v Manchester City - Pep Guardiola’s first season in charge at the Etihad might not have turned out exactly how he would have liked, but the Spaniard can appease the Manchester City faithful by leading his men to a top-four finish. Despite being away from home on the final day, the Citizens couldn’t have asked for an easier task as they face a Watford side who are winless in their last five outings. Walter Mazzarri’s team did surprise champions Chelsea in midweek, as they battled back from 3-1 down before losing 4-3, but that performance will have almost certainly taken the remaining sting out of the Hornets who look destined to finish in the league’s bottom five. If City find their rhythm, there could be a massacre at Vicarage Road.

  • Winner: Man City 2/5, Draw 19/5, Watford 8/1 - BetVictor
  • Top Tip: Man City to score over 3.5 goals 9/2 - Bet365

 

*Please note, odds may fluctuate.


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