EPL – Matchweek 33 in Review

Matchweek 33 of the 2021/22 EPL season saw Arsenal stumbled yet again in their Top 4 hunt, while Brentford’s incredible run continued.

Here’s how it looked for punters: 

Gunners trip up again

For years, the trope of Tottenham was of stumbling from dominant, seemingly unlosable positions. ‘Spursing’ it, as bitter rivals Arsenal would revel in saying. But this season, the shoe is on the other foot as the Gunners have truly ‘Spurs’d’ their run at the Top 4 this EPL season. Near locks for Champions League football at one stage, Mikel Arteta’s men have now lost four of their last five to put those hopes in serious peril. The latest, a 1-0 loss to Southampton, was despite starting $1.91 favourites.

The only relief for Arsenal is that Spurs themselves tripped up on the weekend, losing 1-0 at home to Brighton who were $6.60 pre-game. The result (their first loss in five games) leaves Spurs three points ahead of their rivals albeit the Gunners have a game in hand, setting up a grandstand finish to the season.

Bees keep buzzing

Few teams have had as good a six weeks as Brentford. And on the weekend, they did it again. Starting at $2.48, the Bees travelled to Vicarage Road and downed relegation-bound Watford to seal a fifth win in six games. It leaves them just one point outside the top half of the EPL table. And while there is little to play for in the final weeks of the season (Brentford are both at no risk of relegation and no risk of threatening a European spot), a top half finish would represent an enormous achievement for a newly-promoted small club that were in League Two just 13 years ago. In fact, they started the season at $7.00 with Palmerbet to finish in the top half, underlining just how much they’ve exceeded expectations.

Wednesday morning blockbuster

It’s hard to think of a time when Manchester United have started at such long odds. But that’s the position they find themselves in ahead of a huge EPL clash against Liverpool on Wednesday morning (AEST). Ralf Rangnick’s men start a distant $8.00 at Anfield. And given they will be without Cristiano Ronaldo — who scored all three goals in a thoroughly unconvincing 3-2 win over relegation-bound Norwich on the weekend (despite starting $1.29 favourites at Old Trafford) — they have their work cut out. While United were helped by the aforementioned blows to Top 4 rivals Arsenal and Tottenham on the weekend, a loss here would make that task nearly impossible.