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The Rat Race for the Top 4 Intensifies

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The Premier League provided some shocks this weekend as the rat race to finish in the Top 4 intensified.

The winners from this week’s matches are Arsenal and Leicester City, as they both retuned to the top two positions in the Premier League. With Manchester City being annihilated at Stoke in the early kick off at a windy Britannia stadium on a cold Saturday lunchtime, there was an opportunity for the other sides to capitalise; however it proved far from it.

Manchester United and Spurs both drew and couldn’t capitalise on Manchester City’s woeful performance, and Chelsea’s crisis deepened, as they narrowly lost to struggling Bournemouth at home to pile more miserly on Jose Mourinho.

Despondent Mourinho on the touchline (Credit: Daily Mail)

Despondent Mourinho on the touchline (Credit: Daily Mail)

Liverpool lost on Super Sunday to relegation candidates Newcastle, as the unpredictability of the Premier League surfaced. I am sure many punters’ accumulators were ruined this weekend by the results this weekend (including myself), however it proved why we love football. The Ups and Downs football fans face makes it all worthwhile in the end.

So what exactly did we learn from this weekends’ results? The first thing we learnt was that the title favourites Manchester City are too inconsistent, despite having arguably the best squad on paper. Yes – the Blues have had crucial injuries to the spine of the team, however it is no excuse to perform so disastrously as they did away to Stoke.

Manchester United to put it bluntly are so boring to watch, personally I’d rather watch paint dry, rather than watch their current style of play under Louis Van Gaal. Yet they’re unbeaten in the league at home, and are very strong defensively, which cannot be said about their noisy neighbours, who seem to capitulate without the likes of injury prone Vincent Kompany.

Louis Van Gaal (Credit: PA)

Louis Van Gaal Watches On (Credit: PA)

Arsenal is the same old same old really, every season they have injuries and Arsene Wenger refuses to strengthen the team in the transfer window, believing he has the squad to do it in all four competitions. Arsenal progressed in the Champions League last night with a comprehensive 0-3 win against Olympiakos. A great victory from a disastrous start to their campaign in Europe, but bigger tests are yet to come for Wenger’s men.

I have really been impressed with Spurs this season, and it seems like Mauricio Pochettino is getting it right at Tottenham. They are unbeaten in 14 games, and they are a solid contender for the top four this season. They could give their North London rivals Arsenal a run for their money for fourth place, who I believe will fall away deep into the season.

Finally onto Liverpool, who are also contenders for the Top 4. Despite Liverpool’s blunders away to Newcastle on Sunday, I believe Jurgen Klopp Is having a real impact at Liverpool, and you can see that from their performance away to the Champions Chelsea, and away to City. He wants his players to press teams high up, and they are very well drilled in all departments. Tottenham have been the stand out team for me in the past few weeks, alongside the fairy tale of Leicester City.

To conclude last weekend has seen the rat race to finish in the top 4 heat up, and with the top eight or nine teams so closely bunched together, it can only be an enthralling roller-coaster of a ride, from now till the end of the season. For all the best odds on the match visit the Betfect main site to place a bet, and converse with fellow fans.

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