A quartet of Sky Sports pundits have predicted which sides will finish in the Premier League’s top four.
With Manchester City racing away at the top of the table after 13 games, and Manchester United, eight points behind, the closest challengers, most expect both sides to take up two of the four slots.
Chelsea are three points behind United, with Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool separated by just two points in the chasing pack.
Charlie Nicholas, Paul Merson, Phil Thompson and Matt Le Tissier have offered their thoughts on the final top four.
Nicholas believes that Liverpool and Chelsea will miss out, as “there’s still too many question marks” surrounding both sides.
Merson feels that Liverpool and Tottenham will be the unfortunate pair. In the case of Spurs, “they have written off the league”. “They were still in the game against Arsenal and they take off Harry Kane and Dele Alli. And they play in the Champions League,” he says.
“So for me, teams are going to now start thinking just about the Champions League and Arsenal do not have that problem, they are just happy to finish in the top four, they are not a club who are going for the league.”
Of Liverpool, his worry is the defence, as “they are always going to get caught”.
Thompson surprisingly tips the Reds to finish in the top four, and believes the two north London clubs will miss out “as you don’t really know what you’re going to get from them”. Whereas Liverpool are a bloody open book. And yes, an open defence.
Le Tissier rounds off the expert opinion by backing against Liverpool and Arsenal. Liverpool’s “defence and goalkeeper are well behind the level of the other five,” while Arsenal “are not suddenly convincing me with a 92nd-minute 1-0 victory over Burnley”.
So that’s three of the four predicting Liverpool to drop out, one of the four thinking Chelsea will, two each believing Arsenal and Tottenham will be the unlucky sides, and each of the four knowing that both Manchester sides will finish in the top four. And everyone backs City to win the big one. Obviously.