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The battle to secure a top-four finish in the Premier League in 2023/24 promises to be the most epic scrap for Champions League qualification in years, and at least seven clubs will believe they have a genuine shot at making the cut. We have you covered, as we have investigated the Premier League top 4 odds and have found three exciting picks, which we’ve included below.
Unsurprisingly, Manchester City – who have landed a berth in the top four for 12 successive seasons – have been priced out of consideration to repeat the trick at around 1/20, however, there is excellent value on offer elsewhere in the Premier League top 4 odds. You can also check out our look at the Premier League winner odds.
Manchester United to finish in the top 4
Man Utd are priced as fourth-favourites to secure a top-four finish in 2023/24 behind Man City, Arsenal and Liverpool in the markets, though their price is sweet enough to make them a more backable outfit than any of the other fancied sides.
United finished in third spot in Erik ten Hag’s maiden campaign at the helm and eventually enjoyed an eight-point gap to Liverpool in fifth position by the time they closed their business.
The Red Devils turned Old Trafford into a fortress and only their city neighbours collected more points on home soil. Despite some embarrassing hammerings at the hands of their chief rivals, United amassed more clean sheets than any other side in the division. At the opposite end, they got the job done while playing without a recognised striker for most of the season.
By swapping David de Gea for Andre Onana between the sticks this summer, United have already sorted out a major problem position. At the same time, the addition of Mason Mount could be a game-changer in midfield.
They need to add more goals in the final third, though the capture of Rasmus Hojlund could help there, while a fully-stocked set of appearances for Casemiro – who started just 24 out of 38 league fixtures last term – would make an enormous difference too.
Premier League Top 4 Finish
Liverpool to NOT finish in the top 4
One of the Premier League top 4 odds selections likely to be overestimated by many is Liverpool. Despite a late-season rally, Liverpool came up short in their quest to earn a place in the top four last term and eventually posted a modest 67-point haul for their work, which was their lowest final tally since they amassed 60 during Jurgen Klopp’s first half-year in charge in 2015/16.
The Reds have ambitions to retool their squad this summer and while the arrival of Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai should be positive, the departures of James Milner, Roberto Firmino, along with the possible exits Jordan Henderson and Fabinho too, will remove some big characters from the dressing room.
Liverpool’s away form was particularly troubling in 2022/23 and alongside winning just six times in 19 attempts on the road, some of the Merseysiders’ performances were abject enough to suggest deeper issues were at play.
Players like Virgil van Dijk and Trent Alexander-Arnold seem to have dropped their defensive standards, and that less-than-convincing backline will be protected by a newly-built midfield in 2023/24. That could be a recipe for more inconsistency as Klopp tries to construct his next great side and there is value to be had in backing them to miss out for the second year on the bounce.
To Finish Outside The Top 4
Aston Villa to finish in the top 4
If you’re looking for something with a little more meat on the bones, then a small stake on Aston Villa to claim an unexpected top-four spot might satisfy your cravings.
The Villains won ten, drew three and lost just two of their final 15 fixtures of the previous campaign to secure their highest league finish (7th) and best points tally (61) since 2010.
In Unai Emery, they have a savvy tactician pulling the strings and with rich benefactors happy to oversee spending, Villa have added top-class recruits like Pau Torres, Youri Tielemans and Moussa Diaby to an already talented squad. The Midlanders could be a dark horse worth tracking in the Premier League top 4 odds.