Arsenal hero Paul Merson predicts where Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea will finish in the Premier League
Arsenal legend Paul Merson has delivered his Premier League top-four prediction and backed Liverpool to edge out Chelsea for the final Champions League spot.
Manchester City are currently ten points clear at the top of the table and Merson says there is no stopping Pep Guardiola’s side, who have won 18 successive matches.
Their local rivals Manchester United are second and former Arsenal and England star Merson believes that will be where they stay until the end of the season, ahead of third-placed Leicester City.
West Ham, Chelsea and Liverpool are currently fourth, fifth and sixth respectively but Merson expects the Hammers to fall away and Liverpool to come through and pip Thomas Tuchel’s Blues to a Champions League spot.
Merson told Sky Sports: ‘Man City are in, obviously – that’s the easy part!
‘Next, I have to stick with Manchester United and Leicester, who are a very good team. The top three now will stay there, in my opinion.
‘After that, this is so difficult. You know me, I don’t like to sit on the fence, but I’m finding it really hard to pick a team for the final spot.
‘Despite their superb season so far, I don’t see West Ham lasting the distance, and that means a spot is up for grabs.
‘Moyes’ side have been brilliant, but I saw enough in that second half against Spurs to tell me it’s just too much for them to do in the reminder of the season.
‘Everton have got the fixture list to make a challenge, but I do worry about their consistency. For me, it’s between Chelsea and Liverpool for that final spot.
‘If Chelsea have a good March, that’s it, they are in. But, I worry about Chelsea scoring enough goals. I can’t see them blowing teams away…..read more