Manchester United most popular bet for Premier League top four finish

Manchester United most popular bet for Premier League top four finish

Punters like the look of a full-strength United side, featuring the likes of Pogba, Fernandes and Rashford.

Manchester United are by far the most popular punt in the top four market, ahead of their return to Premier League football tomorrow night.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have been heavily piled into over the last 24 hours and last week, attracting 41% and 37% of all bets in each respective time period.

That’s prompted bookmakers to cut odds on the Red Devils sneaking into the top four, with odds being clipped in from 2/1 into 6/4 in places.

In turn, that’s made United fifth favourites to finish in the top four, with Liverpool (1/1000) and Man City’s (1/200) places obviously all but confirmed.

United fans will be particularly excited to see a full-strength squad in action, with the likes of Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford returning from injury. Punters could well be thinking a midfield featuring both Pogba and the dynamic Bruno Fernandes will see Man Utd go on the charge as the league resumes.

WhoScored.com's content supremo Josh Wright previewed United's return to action:  "There were doubts whether both Marcus Rashford or Paul Pogba would feature for United again this season after suffering long-term injuries at the start of the year.

"Both Rashford and Pogba went under the knife for back and ankle surgery, respectively, but are now fit and ready to spearhead United's top-four assault.

"Rashford was enjoying the best season of his career in terms of goals scored before injury (19 in all competitions) but the return of Pogba is arguably most exciting. Solskjaer now has the chance to form what potentially could be the best midfield partnership in the Premier League with Fernandes.

"Fernandes has made a terrific start to life at United with five goals and assists in as many league appearances for the club and there is a feeling at the club his arrival could spark Pogba into life at Old Trafford. Some even believe the Frenchman could end up signing a new deal."


Leicester City are in a commanding position as 1/7 odds-on favourites to return to the Champions League, but then it gets competitive.

Chelsea are the only other side ahead of United in the betting, currently priced at 4/6 that Frank Lampard guides the Blues to the top four.

Wolves are below United in the betting at 8/1, followed by tomorrow night’s opponents Tottenham (14/1) and Sheffield United (25/1).

Oddschecker spokesperson Callum Wilson: “Despite what feels like a wholly underwhelming season, Manchester United are still in with a very good chance of finishing in the top four of the Premier League.

"Punters are very hot on United ahead of their return - taking 4/10 of all bets in the market over various different time periods.

"The Red Devils will be keen to pounce on any slip-ups from Chelsea, who currently sit 4th, and if they keep a clean bill of health for their final few games of the season, they may be well worth backing."

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