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Friday, 28 March 2014 07:36

The Race for the Fourth Spot in the Premier League

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With six points separating 4th and 6th position it's looking like this season could be one of the tightest races for fourth spot in recent memory.

A couple of weeks ago I'm betting most people (mostly Arsenal fans) would have laughed at the thought of the Gunners not making top four. Last month they were 2nd after a lacklustre performance against Man Utd however, were only 3 points off the top and were being described as title challengers.

However, the tide has turned against the former leaders of the table and they will now face the challenge of Everton and Tottenham with both clubs gunning for the Gunners top four position. Everton are on a hot streak with four league wins in a row in the Premiership while Arsenal look extremely vulnerable following their 6-0 battering at Stamford Bridge a week ago. Tottenham on the other hand seem to have regained some confidence following their loss to Arsenal a fortnight ago with an encouraging 3-2 comeback against Pochettino's youth-filled Southampton team.

Arsenal face a Man City side which have had a lot to prove following being knocked out of the Champions League by a Messi inspired Barcelona, and with City coming to the Emirates following an away win over their neighbours Man Utd and recording 4 clean sheets in their last four Premiership games, you'd have to fancy City as favourites.

Meanwhile Everton face a Fulham side threatened with what most likely seems to be a drop from England's top league and with Martinez enforcing his side with an attractive tika-taka style which has won plaudits from all sides of the footballing spectrum, Martinez would be favoured in this tie.

Tottenham face a in-form Liverpool team that have won an impressive 7 premier league games, with the team using old club legend Gerrard to provide for the almost unstoppable combination of Suarez and Sturrdige (or the SAS). Although Tottenham's win against Southampton would have shown some encouragement to Tim Sherwood, most will agree that it would be a very daunting task for the premiership-winning ex-Blackburn captain to engineer a win over what has to be said is a very surprisingly in-form Liverpool team.

The odds are that Arsenal are most likely to beat the scousers and north Londoners with Bet 365 giving odds of 2/9 for Arsenal, while Tottenham and Everton having odds of 7/2 and 16/1 respectively. However with Arsenal playing Everton next week you can bet that it is going to be a tight race for the top spots.

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