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Premier League Race to The Finish

Liverpool and Chelsea will spend the remainder of the season desperately battling to overhaul Man City at the top of the Premier League table. Arsenal, West Ham, Spurs and Man Utd look set to battle it out for fourth place, while several struggling teams are involved in a relegation dogfight. How will it all pan out? Our Premier League Points Market provides a projection of what the table will look like at the end of the campaign:

1. Man City (91.5-93 Points)

Premier League leaders Man City moved 10 points clear of their closest rivals after beating Arsenal 2-1 on New Year's Day. A lengthy winning streak has left them with a haul of 53 points from 21 games. Pep Guardiola's men have secured 17 wins from 21 games so far, and we expect them to finish top of the pile with between 91.5 and 93 points. If you think we have undershot in, you can buy at 93. However, if you think we have been too ambitious, you can sell at 91.5. We also make Man City the 1/14 favourites to win the title in our Premier League outright fixed odds betting markets.

2. Liverpool (80.5-82)

We now expect Liverpool to finish second in the Premier League title race, 11 points behind Guardiola's men. The Reds are currently third, but they have a game in hand on Man City and second placed Chelsea, and they could cut Man City's lead to eight points by winning it. They need to get through the next few weeks, as key forwards Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané are away at the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), and then they must embark on an exceptional run of form to overtake City. We make Liverpool 10/1 outsiders to win the Premier League title, but they are the 4/9 favourites in our 'Without Man City' market.

3. Chelsea (77.5-79)

The Blues are on a long unbeaten run, but they have drawn four of their last five games, which has seen them fall 10 points behind Man City. We now make them 25/1 underdogs in the title race. They are priced at 32-35 in our Premier League Outright Index, a spread betting market that awards 60 points to the champion, 40 to the runner-up, 30 to the third-place team, 20 points to the team that finishes fourth, 10 points for fifth and 5 points for sixth. We project that they will finish third, with between 77.5-79 points, but you can buy or sell if you think we have called it incorrectly.

4. Arsenal (63.5-65)

We cannot split Arsenal, Man Utd and Spurs in our Premier League Points Market, as all three teams are priced at 63.5-65. However, we are offering 15/8 on Man Utd to finish in the top four, 2/1 on Spurs and 9/4 on Arsenal, so we give the Red Devils a slight edge in our fixed odds betting. Can this young Arsenal side benefit from a lack of European football and grab fourth place?

4. Man Utd (63.5-65)

The Red Devils have shown green shoots of recovery since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked, but a recent 1-0 defeat to Wolves dented the momentum. Fans are desperate for interim boss Ralf Rangnick to abandon his preferred 4-2-2-2 formation and unleash United's attack potential. It will be fascinating to see if they can clinch fourth.

4. Tottenham (63.5-65)

Spurs are unbeaten in the Premier League since Antonio Conte replaced Nuno Espirito Santo as manager. They have suffered some chastening defeats in other competitions, and they are currently missing star forward Son Heung-Min, but there is greater optimism among the supporters now, and they appear poised to challenge Man Utd and Arsenal for the final Champions League spot during the remainder of the season.

7. West Ham (59.5-61)

We predict that a haul of between 59.5 and 61 points will leave the Hammers seventh in the standings at the end of the season. They are back in contention for fourth after winning their last two games, but we make them the slight outsiders at 4/5 to secure a top six finish. They ended up fifth last season, but can they improve on that this time around?

8. Leicester (52-53.5)

The Foxes are currently languishing in 10th place after taking seven wins, four draws and four defeats from 18 games. They have had rotten luck with injuries this season, but they have been banging in plenty of goals in recent weeks, and we expect Brendan Rodgers¿ men to climb up to eight by the end of the campaign.

9. Wolves (51-52.5)

Bruno Lage has exceeded expectations thus far since replacing Nuno as Wolves boss in the summer. His players will be upbeat after beating Man Utd last time out, a result that left them eight, but we expect them to finish just below Leicester. If you disagree, you can make your play in our Points Index betting.

10. Brighton (50-51.5)

The Seagulls are back in the top half of the Premier League table after taking seven points from their last three games. Only three teams - Man City, Chelsea and Liverpool - have lost fewer matches than Brighton this season, but Graham Potter's team have drawn too many games to challenge for a top four finish. We think they will finish 10th, and we are offering 36/50 on them ending up in the top half.

11. Aston Villa (48.5-50)

Steven Gerrard led Aston Villa to four wins in six games after replacing Dean Smith as manager, but they have since lost to Chelsea and Brentford. They are down in 14th, but we reckon they can rise to 11th. We also have 1/1 on Aston Villa to finish in the top half.

12. Southampton (44.5-46)

We anticipate a comfortable mid-table finish for the Saints, who currently occupy 11th place after enjoying a four-game unbeaten run. They are priced at 7/2 to finish in the top 10.

13. Crystal Palace (44-45.5)

Smart signings like Conor Gallagher and Odsonne Eduoard have helped Crystal Palace steer clear of the relegation battle so far this season. We have them finishing 13th, with 44 to 45.5 points, but they are 15/1 to be relegated if you think they could get sucked into it.

14. Everton (43-44.5)

It has been a dismal season for Everton thus far. At the start of the season, we predicted they would finish ninth, with 53 points. We have now revised our projections, and we see them down in 14th on just 43-44.5 points. Can the return of Dominic Calvert-Lewin help them turn things around?

15. Brentford (40.5-42)

Newly promoted Brentford are 12 points clear of the relegation zone, despite losing three of their last four games. We predict that they will end up 15th, but the Bees are 10/1 to finish in the bottom three if you think they will fall apart in the spring.

16. Leeds (39-40.5)

Leeds are priced at 4/1 to be relegated after winning just four games in the first half of the season. Only two teams - Newcastle and Norwich - have conceded more goals than Marcelo Bielsa's men. They have had terrible injury problems, so fans will hope for better luck on that front during the remainder of the campaign.

17. Newcastle (33.5-35)

Newcastle became the world's richest club when Saudi Arabia's Sovereign Wealth Fund purchased it in October. They have since brought in Eddie Howe as manager, and they have already signed Kieran Trippier and Chris Wood in the January transfer, with more arrivals anticipated. The Magpies are currently marooned in 19th place, with just one win this season, but we see them beating the drop by a whisker. If you disagree, you can sell at 33.5 or take fixed odds of 11/10 on them going down.

18. Burnley (32-33.5)

Burnley have not won since October 30, and they are currently 18th in the table, albeit with a game in hand on 17th placed Burnley. They agreed to sell striker Chris Wood to relegation rivals Newcastle, and we now think they will finish in the bottom three.

19. Watford (31.5-33)

Watford have plunged down the table after losing six games on the bounce. They have already sacked one manager this season, and Claudio Ranieri is now on thin ice. We have projected a 19th place finish for the Hornets, but can they prove us wrong?

20. Norwich (24-25.5)

At the start of the season, we predicted that the Canaries would finish 19th, but we expected them to secure around 36 points. We now believe they will finish bottom of the pile with just 24-25.5. They are also priced at 4/9 to finish bottom. Dean Smith has not yet been able to galvanise this group of players. Can they pull off a great escape or will they cement their status as the ultimate yo-yo club?

Check out our Premier League outright fixed odds and Premier League spread betting markets for more exciting long-term betting options.

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