MANCHESTER UNITED and Newcastle look set to land the final two top four spots this season.

That's according to bookmakers Betfair who rate Brighton as their closest challengers for those coveted places.


Title challengers Manchester City and Arsenal are all but guaranteed to finish in the top four and a price for those isn't even offered.

Manchester United have won three league games on the bounce since their defeat at St James' Park and are now as short as 1/16 for a Champions League spot.

They sit in third spot and six points clear of Spurs in fourth, having played a game less.

Eddie Howe's Newcastle had gone off the boil prior to the Carabao Cup final and their Champions League hopes took a serious dent.

Five successive wins put them back well into contention before a hugely disappointing 3-0 defeat at Aston Villa.

They're now three points clear of Spurs and have a game in-hand, making them 1/4 to make those spots.

Race for the Top 4

Betfair odds

  • Manchester United 1/16
  • Newcastle 1/4
  • Brighton 9/2
  • Tottenham 7/1
  • Liverpool 15/2


Spurs are well on the drift and are as big as 7/1 to make the top four after a desperate run of form.

Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool are suffering from huge inconsistencies and are 15/2 to claw back their deficit, sitting 12 points behind Newcastle with a game in-hand.

As a result, it's Brighton who are viewed as the chief threats to the United's after just one defeat in seven.

They dominated Spurs in that defeat and will still be scratching their heads at that result.

But they're definitely not out of it, seven points off the Magpies with a game in-hand and nine games to go.



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