Merson predicts the 2016/17 Premier League top six

Date published: Tuesday 9th August 2016 11:28

Paul Merson has predicted the make-up of the Premier League’s top six this season, with Chelsea his tip for the title.

After Leicester lifted the crown at the end of an historic 2015/16 campaign, Sky Sports ‘expert’ Merson believes the Foxes will finish 11th in their title defence.

The former Arsenal midfielder believes the Gunners will finish fourth, but that their summer transfer window has ended their hopes of winning a first top-flight title since 2004.

Merson has backed Antonio Conte and Eden Hazard to combine to lift Chelsea from 10th to first.

“I’m going for Chelsea to be champions on the strength of the manager, Antonio Conte, and Eden Hazard,” Merson said. “The Belgium international had a terrible campaign last season, but could still be the best player in the league. If he gets going again then the Blues could sneak their way to the top.

“I’ll put Man City second and I could make a case for Manchester United winning the title with Jose Mourinho in charge. They have a big squad full of big players.

“If Arsenal had bought a world-class centre forward and centre half, I would have picked them for the title, but they haven’t. It would probably help them in the long term if they didn’t finish in the top four for one season because it would force them to make some changes – but I expect them to be around fourth.

“It wouldn’t surprise me if Liverpool finish in the top four and Tottenham won’t be far off either because they already have a team while everybody else has had to buy a team.”

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