Could Liverpool or Chelsea really miss out on the top 4?

It’s been an unpredictable 2020/21 Premier League campaign so far with several of the traditional ‘big clubs’ struggling to find consistent form.

No club has failed to live up to expectations more than Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp’s side stormed their way to the title last season – finishing a whopping 18 points ahead of Manchester City after winning 32 of their 38 games.

Fans were expecting a period of dominance at Anfield after the Reds had won the Champions League the previous season and they were backed as favourites by the likes of cinemacasino casino online to defend their title heading into this campaign.

However, Liverpool have imploded this season as they’ve won just 12 of their 26 Premier League games so far and sit sixth in the table – level on points with Mersey rivals Everton. Injuries to key players certainly haven’t helped their cause, but Klopp’s side now face a battle just to finish in the top four.

Chelsea endured a difficult first half to the season under Frank Lampard but Thomas Tuchel has turned things around since arriving as manager. The Blues are currently fifth – one point ahead of Liverpool – so they are also in a battle to finish in the top four.

City are the run-away leaders this season and they’re nailed on to finish top but it’s all to play for in the race for the three remaining Champions League spots. Manchester United are well-placed to secure a top four finish as they’re second on 50 points but just seven points separates them from Liverpool and Everton.

Leicester City are enjoying another fine season and they’re one point behind United in third while the surprise package of the campaign has been West Ham – who are currently fourth on 45 points. It would be a sensational upset if David Moyes could lead the Hammers into the Champions League but the likes of Liverpool and Chelsea will have their eyes firmly set on ousting West Ham over the final 12 matches.

According to the best usa real money online casinos, Liverpool are still priced at 4/7 to finish in the top four as they’re backed to come third behind City and United. Leicester are favourites to secure fourth at odds of 1/2 with Chelsea narrowly behind at 5/6, so the bookmakers think it will be the Blues who miss out on the top four.

West Ham, understandably, are expected to fall off the pace during the closing stages of the season as they’re tipped to finish sixth – ahead of the likes of Tottenham, Everton and Arsenal. That would still represent a superb campaign for the Hammers as they’d secure Europa League football for next season.

We’ll have to wait and see how things progress over the coming weeks but things are still incredibly tights in the race for European qualification and the odds suggest that Liverpool and/or Chelsea have enough time to snatch a top four place.