Despite what has at times been an up and down season for Manchester United, it could still yet end in success if the last nine games of the Premier League season go according to plan. United still have the FA Cup to play for too, facing Norwich City in the quarter-finals and a top four finish alongside a cup certainly would’ve been taken during the darker stages of this season.
But what do the bookies make of Manchester United’s hopes of finishing in the top four this season? We will assess below and we also advise you to check out Efirbet for all things betting.
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There are just three points separating United from a place in the top four, with Chelsea standing in their way with nine games to play. That is despite the fact that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team have beaten Chelsea three times this season, twice in the Premier League and once in the League Cup.
It results elsewhere that currently sees them trail the Champions League places, but they still have an excellent chance of reaching them.
That is especially if they are able to continue the form shown prior to the break in play in the Premier League. United had gone 11 games unbeaten in all competitions, keeping nine clean sheets during that time and took 10 points from a possible 12 in games against Chelsea, Watford, Everton and Manchester City.
Despite that form, they are still priced as outsiders to finish in the top four come the end of the season when compared to the odds of those who are currently positioned there. Manchester City are an overwhelming 1/250 to qualify for the Champions League with their place all but confirmed, while Leicester City are at 1/6.
Chelsea then follows at 4/6, before we get to United at 7/4. Wolves (6/1), Tottenham (12/1), Sheffield United (14/1) and Arsenal (20/1) are other outsiders.
It is a generous price for United when you consider that they are just three points behind Chelsea in the Premier League table, whilst also having the luxury of being able to call upon Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford once again.
They were one of the form sides in the Premier League before the break and appeared reinvigorated by the signing of Bruno Fernandes, who should make a big difference in the closing weeks.
Six of their final nine games are against teams in the bottom half of the table too, with the only outliers being trips to Tottenham and Leicester and a meeting with Sheffield United at Old Trafford.
Comparatively, Chelsea face Manchester City, Leicester City, Sheffield United, Liverpool and Wolves in five of their remaining nine games.
The race for fourth place is set to go right to the wire and United will ultimately be relying on results elsewhere to do themselves a favour in catching Chelsea. As a betting man, I would certainly be looking at backing them to finish in the top four at their current price of 7/4 given the factors discussed.