Gunners odds-on for top four

  • By: Andy Schooler
  • Last Updated: December 23 2012, 18:15 GMT

Arsenal are back as odds-on shots across the board to finish in the Premier League's top four.

Mikel Arteta's goal took Arsenal up to third
Mikel Arteta's goal took Arsenal up to third

The Gunners beat Wigan 1-0 on Saturday to regain their place in the leading quartet. Mikel Arteta's penalty winner actually saw them move into the top three with Chelsea not playing until Sunday.

They were duly cut in the top-four betting with the even-money quotes disappearing after what was a third successive league victory. bet365 put them into a best of 4/5.

Everton joined Arsenal in the top four thanks to a 2-1 come-from-behind win at West Ham and can be backed at 5/1 with Stan James to keep their place in the Champions League places come the end of the season.

Tottenham slip to fifth after being held to a goalless draw at home to Stoke but remain regarded as the side most likely to challenge Arsenal and Chelsea. They were moved out to 6/4 by bet365 following Saturday's games.

Despite dropping to seventh, Chelsea remain at 1/5 for a top-four finish. They have two games in hand on those around them, the first of which is at home to Aston Villa on Sunday.

Liverpool move up to eighth in the standings following their 4-0 win over Fulham in the evening kick-off and they are as short as 6/1 (Paddy Power) for a top-four spot.

Martin Skrtel, Steven Gerrard, Stewart Downing and Luis Suarez got the goals and Coral rate the Anfield outfit a 9/1 chance to grab a Champions League spot.

In the title race, Manchester City keep on the tail of rivals United but only after an injury-time goal from Gareth Barry gave them a 1-0 home victory over lowly Reading.

Position Player Score
1 Man Utd 42
2 Man City 39
3 Arsenal 30
4 Everton 30
5 Tottenham 30
6 West Brom 30
7 Chelsea 29

Having failed to impress, City were 21/10 shots with Ladbrokes and Blue Square on Saturday night with United a general 1/2 chance. They play at Swansea on Sunday when victory will reopen the gap at the top to six points.

With just one win so far, Reading remain the side most likely to be relegated.

QPR and Southampton are also odds-on across the board after 1-0 defeats to Newcastle and Sunderland respectively.