Premier League top-four race effectively over

The top-four Premier League race is effectively over after a surprise set of results saw Manchester United and Arsenal drop precious points despite being long odds-on for victory.

Chelsea, who did oblige for odds-on backers with a win over Watford at Stamford Bridge, are guaranteed a return to the Champions League and Tottenham are virtually in Europe's premier club competition.

Spurs are three points ahead of Arsenal and a better goal difference of eight with Tottenham hosting Everton and the Gunners heading to Burnley. United are out of the mix following a dreadful 1-1 draw at Huddersfield to frustrate their backers at 4-11.

Scott McTominay put United in front but wasteful finishing and some woeful defending allowed relegated Town back into the contest, with Isaac Mbenza notching the equaliser.

Arsenal, at 2-5, were slightly bigger than United and equally disappointed after throwing away the initiative given to them by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's early penalty.

Albion's veteran forward Glenn Murray levelled matters from the spot in the second half as former Tottenham defender and current Brighton boss Chris Hughton did his old club a huge favour.

The Gunners still have a chance of the Champions League if they can lift the Europa League, although Chelsea are likely to be waiting for them in the final should Unai Emery's side can overcome Valencia.

Chelsea warmed up for their semi-final second leg against Eintracht Frankfurt by beating Watford 3-0. All the goals came in the second half with Ruben Loftus-Cheek, David Luiz and Gonzalo Higuain on target for the Blues, who lost N'Golo Kante to a hamstring injury.



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