Arsenal odds-on for top-four spot

  • Last Updated: March 18 2013, 8:57 GMT

Arsenal have moved ahead of Spurs in the race for a top-four spot, according to the bookmakers.

Mark Schwarzer denied Jermain Defoe as Spurs lost
Mark Schwarzer denied Jermain Defoe as Spurs lost

Arsene Wenger's side moved within four points of their rivals with a 2-0 victory at Swansea on Saturday and Spurs had no answer, losing 1-0 to Fulham a day later.

Given that Arsenal have a game in hand, it's the red half of North London favoured by the layers now with the Gunners 5/6 (Betfred, Paddy Power, BetVictor) and Spurs evens (bet365).

Everton's prospects received a similar boost thanks firstly to their 2-0 win over Manchester City and then to a below-par Spurs performance, and they're now a best of 12s with BetVictor, with third-placed Chelsea 1/6 (Coral) after a straightforward 2-0 success over West Ham.

The win for David Moyes' side effectively ended the title race, with 15-point leaders Manchester United now just 1/200 to win their 20th Premier League trophy - some firms have already paid out - and attention has instead switched to goings on at the opposite end of the table.

Position Player Score
1 Man Utd 74
2 Man City 59
3 Chelsea 55
4 Tottenham 54
5 Arsenal 50
6 Everton 48
7 Liverpool 45

Aston Villa secured a vital 3-2 win over QPR on Saturday, one which saw them hit 5/2 for relegation and QPR cut to as short as 1/7, but Wigan's last-gasp victory over Newcastle on Sunday saw Villa clipped back into a best of 2/1 with BetVictor.

Wigan remain as short as 8/11 with Coral but are out to evens with several firms, and their final-day clash with Villa at the DW Stadium could well settle matters.

Position Player Score
15 Sunderland 31
16 Southampton 31
17 A Villa 30
18 Wigan 27
19 Reading 23
20 QPR 23

Reading remain the most likely side to go down at a best of 1/16 following a luckless 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford, and next in the betting are 9/2 shots Sunderland after they could only manage a point against a Norwich side forced to play with 10 men for much of their encounter at the Stadium of Light.

Southampton's 3-1 victory over Liverpool on Saturday saw them climb further clear of the drop zone and they're now 7/1, and it's 25/1 bar.

Remaining fixtures in the race for a top-four spot:

CHELSEA (3rd - Pld 29 Pts 55)

Mar 30 - Southampton A

Apr 6 - Sunderland H

Apr 14 - Tottenham H

Apr 21 - Liverpool A

Apr 27 - Swansea H

May 4 - Manchester United A

May 12 - Aston Villa A

May 19 - Everton H

TBA - Fulham A

TOTTENHAM (4th - Pld 30 Pts 54)

Mar 30 - Swansea A

Apr 7 - Everton H

Apr 14 - Chelsea A

Apr 21 - Manchester City H

Apr 27 - Wigan A

May 4 - Southampton H

May 12 - Stoke A

May 19 - Sunderland H

ARSENAL (5th - Pld 29 Pts 50)

Mar 30 - Reading H

Apr 6 - West Brom A

Apr 13 - Norwich H

Apr 16 - Everton H

Apr 20 - Fulham A

Apr 28 - Manchester United H

May 4 - QPR A

May 12 - Wigan H

May 19 - Newcastle A

EVERTON (6th - Pld 29 Pts 48)

Mar 30 - Stoke H

Apr 7 - Tottenham A

Apr 13 - QPR H

Apr 16 - Arsenal A

Apr 20 - Sunderland A

Apr 27 - Fulham H

May 4 - Liverpool A

May 12 - West Ham H

May 19 - Chelsea A

  • In addition to the fixtures above, it is worth noting that Chelsea and Tottenham are both still in the Europa League, while Chelsea are also in the FA Cup.