West Ham are now as short as 2/1 in bwin’s Premier League top 4 odds after closing to within a point of third-placed Leicester by beating the Foxes 3-2.
Loan star Jesse Lingard bagged a brace and Jarrod Bowen also struck as the Hammers raced ahead, before Kelechi Iheanacho replied with a double for City.
“I’m disappointed with the way we finished the game,” commented David Moyes. “We’ve got to get out of the habit of going 3-0 up and conceding goals.
“That’s really important and we’ve got to do something about it, but overall I’m thrilled with the results we’re getting.
“If before the game you’d offered me 3-2 against the team third in the league and going for the Champions League, I’d have snapped your hand off.
“There’s a real belief that we can go and win games and we’ve got players who can do that.”
Leicester were left to rue being without Ayoze Perez, James Maddison and Hamza Choudhury due to breaking Covid guidelines and they are 3/4 to make the leading quartet.
Brendan Rodgers declared: “My objective when coming to Leicester was to create standards on and off the pitch.
“The standards fell way below what we would expect, especially at this stage of the season when we are challenging and fighting. They fell well below that.
“The guys would have been in the squad but as a consequence they weren’t. It wasn’t ideal but that’s how strongly I felt.
“We were coming into a very important game but some things are more important than football. You have to respect what the nation is going through and what our values are.”
Blues storm Palace
Chelsea are a point behind the Hammers in fifth after romping to a 4-1 triumph at Crystal Palace and can be backed at 3/4 in this market.
The Blues scored more than twice in a game for the first time since Thomas Tuchel was appointed in January, as Christian Pulisic bagged a brace, alongside Kai Havertz and Kurt Zouma strikes.
Pulisic is eager to play a part in their battle to qualify for the Champions League again following a similar situation last term.
He said: “It’s going to be a good race. It was last season and we’re ready for the challenge.”
Liverpool are another two points adrift in sixth following a dramatic 2-1 defeat of Aston Villa and are 7/10 in bwin’s Premier League top 4 odds.
Trent Alexander-Arnold’s sweetly-struck added-time effort secured a victory which ended an historic six-match losing streak at Anfield.
“It is no secret, it is quite a bumpy season for us with a lot of things happening and we have to fight through,” stated Jurgen Klopp.
“In the end, if we would end up in a Champions League spot, that would be really great, but it’s tricky, it’s difficult, it is really hard for us.
“That we didn’t turn a game around in the last few weeks at Anfield like that, that’s the reason why we lost six games in a row. Hopefully, we’ve turned it around.”
Tottenham slipped down to seventh, three points behind the Reds, after going down 3-1 at home to Manchester United and have eased to 9/1 here.
Son Heung-min put Spurs in front at the break, but Fred, Edinson Cavani and Mason Greenwood hit back for the Red Devils in the second half.
That victory meant United still have nine points to spare in the race to make the leading quartet and they are quoted at 1/100 to achieve that target.
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