Top Four Premier League Finish
Arsenal looked guaranteed a top four finish only a few weeks ago but they have stuttered of late. In their final home game of the season against Norwich last weekend, I would not have wanted to be one of the players strolling around the Emirates for the lap of honour.
It was more akin to one of apology. The players morale must have been hampered by waving to a half empty stadium, it has been another trophy-less season.
They were trounced by United 8-2 earlier in the campaign and they were unable to finish off an average Norwich side last weekend.
The challengers for Arsenal and a position in third or fourth and with it a much coveted spot in the Champions League are Newcastle and Spurs. Chelsea are fully focussed on Munich and their top four chances are over after an indifferent loss at Anfield midweek.
Fans of all three clubs will be chewing their nails on Sunday. For a Top 4 Finish, Arsenal are 1/25, Tottenham are 1/9 and Newcastle are 4/1.
There will be plenty of last day nerves for the players and Arsenal have the added carrot that they can finish above Spurs. In 2006, Arsenal trailed Spurs by a point on the final day of the season, when the Spurs squad were taken ill overnight with a stomach bug.
Newcastle look a big price at 4/1, Tottenham stuttered against Villa last week and they can get a result at Everton. Newcastle are 23/10 to win away and Papiss Cisse is in stunning form. He has scored thirteen goals in thirteen games for the Magpies and for many, the goal of the season.
They went to Chelsea and beat them 2-0 recently and Fulham can get a result at Spurs. Tottenham are 2/5, the draw is 16/5 and a Fulham win is 8/1. The Cottagers have not needed to win their last two games but they have beaten both Liverpool and Sunderland. Martin Jol will not let his club rollover for Spurs.
Fulham have some fantastic players in Diarra, Dembele, Pogrebnuak, Dempsey and Hangeland. They are in-form and will want to end the season on a high. Arsenal are away at West Brom and it is the new England manager Roy Hodgson's final match in charge of the Baggies.
Many of the West Brom players will have dreams of representing England and there's now plenty to play for at the Hawthorns. Arsenal struggled to cope with Norwich's attack and they haven't won in four games.
Here at William Hill, We have prices on Tricasts for the three teams that will finish third to fifth. If you despise the London clubs or love an outside punt, Newcastle/Arsenal/Spurs is 100/1. If you fancy it to finish as it stands now, Arsenal/Spurs/Newcastle is 8/13.