Just over halfway through the 2022–23 season, there is a clearer picture of how teams are doing, even though a lot may happen between now and the end of May.
While the title competition between Arsenal and Manchester City is expected to be intense, the race to finish in the top four and advance to the Champions League is highly competitive, with up to nine teams vying for the remaining two positions.
Newcastle and Manchester United, presently third and fourth, and Tottenham, currently in fifth place, are Betway’s favorites to advance. Surprisingly, Brighton, Fulham, and Brentford are listed behind Liverpool and Chelsea in the table, followed by Aston Villa in 11th place, just one point behind.
The Blues and Reds have had terrible seasons thus far and are currently 10 points outside the top four, but others think their past success and experience still offer them a solid shot to make it. Former Arsenal, Chelsea, and Tottenham defender Gallas does not share that opinion, however, telling Genting Casino:
‘I think it will be really difficult for either club to qualify for the Champions League this season.
‘OK, there are still seventeen games left to play but the teams that are in front of them will keep going because they know that this is a strange season where both Chelsea and Liverpool are not at their best. They will want to maintain the gap.
‘At the beginning of the season, I said that Liverpool wouldn’t make the top four and people attacked me for it! I’m still in my corner, fighting, because a lot of people keep messaging me about it!
‘I said that Chelsea would qualify for the Champions League, but after seeing what is happening at the club, and the way Chelsea approached the summer transfer window, my opinion started to change.
‘I looked at the way they were playing, the way the new signings were performing and thought to myself that there is no way they will make the Champions League.’
Making his top four predictions, Gallas added:
‘Arsenal definitely. City will be there along with United. I didn’t expect them at the beginning of the season, but Newcastle.
‘Newcastle are playing really well at the moment. When you watch Newcastle play, you can see a proper team unit. The players are completely committed; they defend together, they attack together.
‘They have shown this season how strong they can be. They drew at The Emirates – they are the surprise package in the race for the top four.
‘I would like to include Tottenham but it’s very difficult to make a prediction for them to finish in the top four because of the football they play.’
See the tweet below:
William Gallas played for Chelsea, Arsenal, and Spurs…and he knows which is London’s no.1 💪🏼 pic.twitter.com/zJS2Uq0Sbt
— B/R Football (@brfootball) March 31, 2017
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