Arsenal legend Paul Merson believes Liverpool will secure a place in the Champions League spot while Chelsea will miss out.
Merson delivered his top-four Premier League verdict while predicting Manchester City will secure this season's title. The Citizens are currently on top of the table and Merson says there is no stopping Pep Guardiola's men this season while predicting that Manchester United will finish second with Leicester City securing the third place while defending Champions Liverpool will edge out Chelsea in the top four.
West Ham United are currently fourth on the log while Chelsea are fifth but Merson says the Hammers will fall away while Liverpool, who occupy the sixth position will manage to secure a Champions League spot.
"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," Merson told Sky Sports.
"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 remainder 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. I’ve always said Liverpool will make it but when push comes to shove, it so hard to stick with them, at the moment. It’s hard to get away from their form and the fact the luck is not with them. You look at the games they’ve lost, and you look at the games they have coming up and wonder if they can turn it around. They should beat Sheffield United but there is doubt there, especially with no defenders. I’ve shown so much faith in them, but the players keep dropping like flies. The one player I want on the pitch out of all of their players at the moment is Jordan Henderson."
Merson's top four Predictions
- Manchester City
- Manchester United
- Leicester City
"When things are not going well, he’s the leader. He’s the player that gets people going. With him now being out of the team it’s a bit of a worry. It feels like I’m just going with the name and not looking at the performances and results. The teams they haven’t beaten is very worrying. I don’t know why, but I have to stick with Liverpool. Please don’t ask me why but I’m keeping the faith with Jurgen Klopp and his side."
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