Arsenal‘s odds to finish as the top London club in the Premier League have been cut to just 4/6 with Stan James following their 1-0 win at Goodison Park last night. The victory saw them move into third place, above their North London rivals Tottenham.
Tottenham only managed a draw at home to Stoke City– much to the frustration of their fans, whilst Chelsea conceded a late goal away to title chasing Manchester City which resulted in a 2-1 defeat.
Arsenal have found their feet again after their early season stutter. They have won their last six games and have the momentum going into the last nine matches which could prove crucial. A top four finish looked out of reach earlier in the campaign, with many calling for manager Arsene Wenger to be axed, and questioning his tactics following a poor run of results.
Former Gunner, Frank McLintock said at the time:
“I don’t think we have got a strong enough squad at the moment and I think that has shown up and I think it talks for itself. I think it will be a great challenge for Arsenal to actually finish in the top four because of the squad they have got.”
Arsenal are now surpassing expectations and have well and truly silenced their critics.
The wheels seem to have come off for Tottenham of late. Having not won in their last four Premier League fixtures, with three loses and a draw. This slump has invited pressure from their London rivals to create a three horse race for the two remaining Champions League places in what is set to be an enthralling end to the season.
Tottenham travel to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea on Saturday, a ground where they have not had much luck in recent years.
Tottenham were 13 points clear of Arsenal earlier this season, playing high-tempo attacking football that drew plaudits from fans and pundits alike. Many tipped them as possible title contenders and were ‘nailed-on’ for Champions League football at worst; but as we approach the business end of the season Tottenham are now 6/4 with Stan James to finish in third place as the top team in London.
Chelsea have seen a change in fortunes over the last couple of weeks having axed former manager Andre Villas-Boas. Progressing through to the quarter-final stage in the Champions League and picking up points domestically. The Blues are a rejuvenated side since the installment of temporary coach Roberto Di Matteo. Despite losing last night, he said:
“Are we confident of making the Champions League? Absolutely, we still believe and we still have confidence we can make it. We’d like to finish at least fourth. We will try to do that, if we can manage anything better, then that is a bonus.”
Having said this, Chelsea still remain an outside shot to finish as the top club in London at 9/1 with Stan James. A win against Tottenham on Saturday will see them move to within just two points of their opponents and three away from Arsenal, odds will shorten accordingly.
Arsenal and Spurs remain odds-on to finish in the top four, priced at 1/5 and 1/3 respectively. Chelsea are best priced 13/8 with Bet Victor to finish in a Champions League spot.