Tottenham Hotspur are the big outsiders for Champions League qualification ahead of their crucial match at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, with bwin quoting both Chelsea and Arsenal as strong odds-on favourites to finish in the top four.
All three contenders may have picked up wins at the weekend – Arsenal won at relegated Queens Park Rangers, Tottenham beat Southampton at White Hart Lane and Chelsea claimed a massive three points at Old Trafford by beating Manchester United – but the bookies at bwin can’t see Spurs playing in Europe’s top club competition next season.
Currently in third place, one point ahead of Arsenal in fourth and three ahead of Tottenham, Chelsea are 2/25 to cement their spot in the top four, with the Gunners a 1/4 chance and Spurs as big as 7/4.
Arsene Wenger’s side have played a game more than both their London rivals, but with that game in hand for Chelsea and Spurs being against each other on Wednesday night, points will be dropped somewhere.
|UEFA Europa League - Group C|
|FK Partizan Beograd win||£157.50||(17/4)|
|FK Partizan Beograd||0-0||Tottenham||£262.50||(31/4)|
|FK Partizan Beograd||1-0||Tottenham||£390.00||(12/1)|
|FK Partizan Beograd||1-1||Tottenham||£210.00||(6/1)|
In truth, the Gunners may consider setting their sights on Spurs as their best strategy and to that end, they could find themselves in the curious position of wanting Chelsea to beat them tomorrow.
A win for Rafa Benitez’s side in west London will all but secure Champions League football for the Blues given their far superior goal difference to Tottenham.
Nevertheless, punters using their free £20 bet after registering with bwin to back Spurs to finish in the top four would pocket winnings of £55 if Andre Villas-Boas’ men do achieve that feat.
After Wednesday’s crunch clash at the Bridge, Chelsea go to in-form Aston Villa before finishing up at home to Everton, with a Europa League final date with Benfica sandwiched in between.
Arsenal host FA Cup finalists Wigan Athletic next Tuesday before travelling to Newcastle United on the final day, while Tottenham go to Stoke City on Sunday before finishing their campaign at home to Sunderland.