Will Arsenal FC and Liverpool FC fail to land a top four spot?
Southampton’s fine season means there could be some high-profile sides playing Europa League football next term
January 12th, 2015
Southampton were expected to wilt by the time they had played 21 games although Sunday’s 2-1 victory at Old Trafford elevated the Saints to third place and suggested they could be playing Champions League football next season.
Ronald Koeman’s side are now a best price 7/4 to claim a top four spot this term, with Saints two points better off than Manchester United and three ahead of an Arsenal team who comfortably beat Stoke City on Sunday.
“You analyse your opponents,” said Saints boss Koeman.
“You know they (United) have difficulties building up with three centre-backs. We have had good organisation all season.”
Koeman added: “We now have 11 clean sheets in 21 games and that is key to being successful.”
“We have aspirations [of securing a European finish], but at the beginning of the season you have to wait,” said Koeman. “Now we can say we fight for a European place.
“The top five or six, we will fight until the last game.”
Not that it’s just a three horse race for two places, with Tottenham in sixth place and looking to go again after losing 2-1 at Selhurst Park on Saturday evening, while Liverpool are starting to get their act together and can’t be ruled out either.
Top 4 odds with bet365
Man United 1/3
West Ham 40/1
Chelsea and Manchester City are now the two teams who will be battling it out for the Premier League title and it’s advantage to Jose Mourinho’s team after beating Newcastle 2-0 while Manchester City were drawing 1-1 at Goodison Park.
Chelsea are a 4/9 chance to claim the title this season although Sergio Aguero’s return to the City team could help them close the gap again, with odds of 5/2 available about the champions.