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Premier League battle for fifth place: Spurs can pip Liverpool on final day of the season

19 May | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
Premier League battle for fifth place: Spurs can pip Liverpool on final day of the season

Reds to miss out on valuable position to Pochettino's men

It may not be a much-publicised battleground in the Premier League, but the race for fifth place is an important one and it comes down to the final day of the season.

Liverpool currently hold fifth spot with Spurs a point and a position behind them. Champions League qualification may be out of reach for the two sides, but they will want to secure fifth for a number of reasons.

Foremost of these is to avoid the qualification process for the Europa League next season. Sixth place must enter at the third qualifying round which means the campaign beginning in July, something no team will relish. In comparison, the team finishing fifth breezes straight into the group stages.

There is, of course, a financial benefit as well. The difference between each spot in the Premier League table is worth £1.2 million. That may not seem much in the astronomical numbers many teams deal in these days but it would be a welcome addition to the transfer coffers this summer for either outfit.

The other benefits are more difficult to quantify but any boost to prestige, morale, ability to attract players and harmony between owners and management will be very welcome. Securing fifth place over sixth on the season’s final day is likely to help in all these fields.

Liverpool are in pole position to do just that but could well struggle to convert this advantage. Their form is pretty shabby and recent defeats to Hull and Crystal Palace are clear examples of how far they are from their best.

The Reds have just two wins in their last eight, those coming against Newcastle and QPR, results that are nothing to rave about.

Brendan Rodgers’ men travel to Stoke on Sunday and they will be in for a tough test. The Potters have picked up more points than the Reds over the last eight games and have impressive recent wins over Spurs and Southampton; both teams above them in the table.

Liverpool do not score many (eight in their last eight) whilst Stoke concede few (five in their last six). With very little between the sides at the moment, 7/10 on Stoke or the draw looks a great price.

Double Chance:  Stoke-Draw @ 7/10 

This opens the door for Spurs who can pinch fifth place by winning at Everton; something they are very capable of doing.

The head-to-head record between these sides is surprisingly one-sided. 45 times they have met in the Premier League and the Toffees have won just eight of them.

For two teams that generally occupy similar positions in the league table, Spurs seem to have the Indian sign over Everton.

This has remained true of late with Tottenham winning their last two against Roberto Martinez’s charges and not losing since 2012.

Spurs looked to be fading away quite badly, but were much improved in beating Hull last time out. Everton also won last week but have lost to Aston Villa and Sunderland of late which is less than impressive.

Given their superior record between the teams and with more to play for, Spurs look a cracking price at 19/10.

Spurs to beat Everton @ 19/10