Tottenham’s 4-0 thrashing of Liverpool at White Hart Lane on Sunday, coupled with Arsenal’s 4-3 defeat to Blackburn on Saturday, means Harry Redknapp’s side are now looking like the best bets to finish in the top four alongside Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea.
Odds on Spurs qualifying for a place in the 2012/13 Champions League look slightly less appealing having moved in from 4/1 to 8/5 following their win over the Reds, although they still look extremely attractive when compared to Liverpool’s price of evens.
A £25 free bet on Spurs to finish in the top four would return £65 if successful, while a similar punt on Liverpool would only pay £50 if it came in.
Despite Tottenham’s longer price, the way they dismissed Liverpool at the Lane suggests they may yet be better placed to finish higher in the league.
Opening their campaign with heavy defeats to Manchester United and Manchester City suggested Harry Redknapp’s side could struggle this campaign, but improved performances against Wolves and Liverpool have put paid to that notion.
Key to Tottenham’s revitalisation has been the arrivals of Scott Parker and Emmanuel Adebayor, who have provided midfield solidity and a genuine goalscoring threat respectively.
Meanwhile, Liverpool have flattered to deceive with an away win against Arsenal tempered by a 1-1 home win against Sunderland, an away loss to Stoke and the White Hart Lane debacle.
Arsenal, too, need a major reversal in fortunes if they are to get their top-four campaign on track having picked up just four points from their opening five games.
The Gunners have odds of 9/4 to be in the Champions League qualification places at the end of the season.
This means they have longer odds than both Liverpool and Tottenham but, with the Lilywhites sparking into life, punters may feel there is little point in looking past the Gunners’ north London rivals.
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