EPL: Why Chelsea, Arsenal may not finish in top four – Phil Neville


Former Manchester United player, Phil Neville has predicted that Arsenal and Chelsea will miss out on a place in the top four of the Premier League this season.

Defeats for Arsenal and Manchester United and impressive wins for Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham have changed the league table this weekend.

He told Match of the Day, “Obviously first position 16 points clear is Man City – the league’s done.

“It shows the gulf in class between Man City and the rest of the league.”

Neville then went on to place Manchester United second, Liverpool third and Tottenham as his favoured choice for the final Champions League qualification place, snubbing reigning champions, Chelsea.

He added, “Because of Manchester United’s defeat today, Liverpool’s good form and Tottenham’s good form the second to fifth positions have been really condensed. It’s really tight.

“One point between United and Liverpool now. It’s a difficult one to call. Arsenal [who were beaten 1-0 by Spurs on Saturday] are out of it for me. Chelsea in fifth, they’ve got a big game against West Brom on Monday.

“I’ve said all season United will finish in the top four and finish second and I’m not going to change my mind now.

“I think Liverpool are going to be the next best team in third position and then it’s between Tottenham and Chelsea.

“It’s whether Chelsea can get their ship in order I suppose as we know Tottenham have got quality, they’re a settled team, they’ve got a good system, a great manager.

“It looks at this moment in time that Chelsea are the team that are going to have to fight hardest to finish in that top four.”


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