While United’s success will always be measured by winning trophies, it is nonetheless imperative that a strong finish behind City in the Premier League is achieved this term. While securing a Top 4 finish looks like it is within United’s grasp, second place should be the goal firmly fixed on Mourinho’s and the players’ minds. Anything less should be considered a disappointment.
That is not certainly not a given, despite the recent victories over Liverpool and Chelsea. Those two, along with Spurs, are certainly capable of making up the gap in the run-in. Below is a break-down of the four clubs’ remaining fixtures, including odds for their Premier League and Cup finishes. If you see anything you like, you can view some of the latest UK betting offers, including free bets, from major bookmakers.
Premier League 2nd, 65 pts.
Remaining fixtures: Swansea (H) 31st March, City (A) 7th April, WBA (H) 15th April, Bournemouth (A), Arsenal (H) 29th April, Brighton (A) 5th May, Watford (H) 12th May. West Ham (TBC).
Successfully navigating the games against Chelsea and Liverpool has made United’s run-in look a lot less daunting than a few weeks ago. The game against City is an obvious highlight/lowlight depending on how you look at it, with there being a possibility of them being crowned champions on that day. This is being written on the eve of United’s second-leg tie Champions League tie against Sevilla and a handful of days before the FA Cup game against Brighton – let’s hope United are going strong in both competitions by the time you read this.
Odds: Premier League (Betting w/o Man City) 5/11, FA Cup 9/4, Champions League 23/1
Premier League 3rd, 61 pts.
Remaining fixtures: Chelsea (A) 1st April, Stoke (A) 7th April, Man City (A) 14th April, Brighton (A) 20th April, Watford (H) 30th April, WBA (A) 5th May, Leicester (H) 13th May. Newcastle (TBC).
Spurs have been excellent lately and taught United a harsh lesson at Wembley just a few weeks ago. However, how will they cope with the possible absence of Harry Kane for weeks, if not months? The fixture against Chelsea is huge for both London clubs.
Odds: Premier League (w/o City) 11/2, FA Cup 5/2.
Premier League 4th, 60 pts.
Remaining fixtures: Watford (H) 17th March, Palace (A) 31st March, Everton (A) 8th April, Bournemouth (H) 14TH April, WBA (A) 22nd April, Stoke (H) 28th April, Chelsea (A) 5th May, Brighton (H) 13th May.
Aside from the recent setback Liverpool had at Old Trafford in terms of points, did it also hint at how to stop the trio of Salah, Firmino and Mané. All three looked subdued in the game and a thin squad could impact upon Jurgen Klopp’s men over the next few weeks. The Chelsea game on 5th May could be a shoot-out for a top four place.
Odds: Premier League (w/o City) 11/4, Champions League 10/1.
Premier League 5th, 56 pts.
Remaining fixtures: Tottenham (H) 1st April, West Ham (H) 8th April, Southampton (A) 14th April, Huddersfield (H) 21st April, Swansea (A) 28th April, Liverpool (H) 5th May, Newcastle (A) 13th May. Burnley (TBC).
Despite being awful at times in the last couple of months, with the defeats to Watford and Bournemouth springing to mind, Chelsea still almost have their fate in their own hands. Win the games against Liverpool and Tottenham at Stamford Bridge and they could be in the Champions League next season. They will need to be almost perfect from here on in though.
Odds: Premier League (w/o City) 40/1, Champions League 40/1.