Poll Result: Spurs to gatecrash top four at Man United’s expense
Manchester United will miss out on a coveted top four spot this season, with north London duo Tottenham and Arsenal securing the final two Champions League places.
That is according to a Ladbrokes poll which surprisingly saw the White Hart Lane outfit gain the most votes in the bookmakers’ ‘Who will reach the Premier League’s top four’ poll.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side took 26 per cent of the vote, despite dropping two points at home to West Ham at the weekend.
It seems Spurs’ ability to fight to the last minute and not admit defeat has Lilywhites fans dreaming of a return to the Champions League.
Spurs may have won the vote, but at 6/1 to finish in the top four there is plenty of work to be done if a return to the European elite is to become a reality.
Arsenal achieved the second highest proportion of the votes at 22 per cent and Ladbrokes is in agreement with that sentiment, pricing the Gunners at 2/11 to finish in the top four.
United are also odds on to make a Champions League return – at 4/6 – but with just 17 per cent of the votes it appears confidence in Louis van Gaal’s side is on the wane.
Liverpool are one of the country’s form sides at present but with odds of 15/8 and just 13 per cent of the votes it looks as though the calibre of the competition will consign the Reds to a Europa League adventure next term.
West Ham were just as popular as the Anfield side, also taking 13 per cent of the votes, and at odds of 80/1 those backing the Hammers would be well advised to put their money where their mouths are.
Southampton were the last side to receive any votes, taking just nine per cent of the total, and while Ronald Koeman’s side have surprised many with their sustained attack on the top four, the Dutchman’s side are clearly expected to fade away in closing stages of the season.
Those who think the Saints really can upset the applecart can get 7/2 on a top four finish but if our poll is anything to go by it is Spurs and Arsenal who should be backed.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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