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Ex-Premier League stars make their top four predictions

Ex-Premier League stars make their top four predictions

16 Mar 2019, 00:15

Former football stars have claimed Arsenal and Chelsea will finish outside the top four at the end of the current season.

Charlie Nicholas, a former Arsenal star and his former counterpart at  Liverpool Phil Thompson have made their respective predictions on how the Premier league table will look at the end of the current campaign. The duo differs though on who would pick the title with Nicholas believing that Manchester City will retain it. Thompson has argued that his former side will win the title that has been elusive for them since 1990. Tottenham will finish fifth, Man United fourth while Arsenal and Chelsea will clinch the third and sixth positions respectively that is according to Charlie.

"The top two are running away with it. Arsenal have the best run-in so I am going to go with Arsenal in third. Tottenham are in free-fall at the moment and have to go to Liverpool and Man City. Manchester United suffered a first league defeat under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but I expect them to be resilient and have enough in them to finish inside the top four." Charlie argued as he spoke to Sky Sports.

Thomspon's thoughts

Thompson's line-up looks like this as he hopes Liverpool will beat Man City to the title: 1. Liverpool, 2. Manchester City, 3. Tottenham, 4. Manchester United, 5. Arsenal, 6. Chelsea.

"Chelsea are still a bit fragile, on and off the pitch. It doesn't seem to be quite right and results are fluctuating, quite similar with Arsenal really. Although they seem to have good results, you cannot rely on them and then they have a couple of bad results. It is how they can capitulate in games. Manchester United should be fourth because it is the Solskjaer effect and the feel-good effect of what he has done. It will probably be enough to see them in there at the end of the season, they are in an easier place than the other two. It will be very tight between them all but that is how I see it panning out."

"Although Tottenham have had a dodgy spell, football-wise they have a bit more togetherness than Arsenal and Chelsea so you can see them having enough to win their games, as well as getting the players fit such as Harry Kane and Dele Alli. Kane is a more consistent goalscorer and I would rely upon him more than Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at Arsenal and Gonzalo Higuain at Chelsea." Thompson told Sky Sports.

Read more: Liverpool vs Porto: The Reds stand favourites to progress to Champions League semis

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