Top-four rivals can take advantage of Spurs slip


After Tottenham’s surprise 1-0 defeat at Bournemouth on Saturday, the battle for the top four continues on Sunday with three of the candidates in action, two of whom kick off at 14:00.

Chelsea to win and both teams to score @ 33/20

One of those sides is fourth-placed Chelsea who welcome Watford to Stamford Bridge in their bid to end a three-match winless run.

The Blues battled to a 1-1 draw away at Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday and Maurizio Sarri is likely to bring Eden Hazard back into the starting line-up following a 29-minute cameo in Germany.

After securing their place in the FA Cup Final, Watford have gone off the boil, winning only one of their last four and that victory came against already-relegated Huddersfield.

The Hornets have not won at the Bridge since 1986 but have the firepower to trouble their opponents.

Whether that is enough remains to be seen and a repeat of Chelsea’s 2-1 win (6/1) in the reverse fixture on Boxing Day may not be too far off as the outcome.

United to win and both to score @ 9/5

At the same time, Manchester United, who sit sixth and three points behind Chelsea, cross the Pennines to take on Huddersfield.

The Terriers were relegated back in March and while spirit and graft were enough to keep them up last term, they have been found wanting this time around.

The Yorkshire outfit head into this game on the back of eight straight defeats, most recently a 5-0 hammering at Liverpool.

This will be their last home game of the season and they will want to put on a show against a United side they defeated 2-1 in Kirklees last season. Town will also want to avoid being the first top-flight team not to reach 10 goals at home in a campaign.

United have lost seven of their last 10 and a defeat here may prompt doubts over whether Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the man to take the team forward next season. The Norwegian needs two wins in his side’s closing games and plenty of luck to make the top four.

The fixture list has undoubtedly been kind with this game and Cardiff to finish the season and while Huddersfield have scored in four of their last five at home, the visitors will surely have enough to get over the line.

Arsenal to win to zero @ 13/10

The final match is a tough one to call with Brighton’s mindset likely to be determined by Cardiff’s result against Crystal Palace on Saturday evening and Arsenal could claim a massive three points.

After putting on a decent show to defeat Valencia 3-1 in the Europa League on Thursday, the Gunners face another short turnaround but have to win to maintain their top-four hopes, and they start the day two points adrift of Chelsea.

Brighton have managed just three away wins in the Premier League this season and have failed to score in their last three on the road.

Boss Chris Hughton has received plenty of criticism for his defensive approach and that reticence to attack will only encourage Arsenal. The home win with a clean sheet looks the bet to be on while, after netting a brace against Los Che, Alexandre Lacazette maybe worth a look at 15/4 to score two or more.

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