Manchester City are at the moment ten factors clear at the prime of the desk and Merson says there isn’t a stopping Pep Guardiola’s aspect, who’ve gained 18 successive matches.
Their native rivals Manchester United are second and former Arsenal and England star Merson believes that will be where they keep till the finish of the season, forward of third-placed Leicester City.
West Ham, Chelsea and Liverpool are at the moment fourth, fifth and sixth respectively however Merson expects the Hammers to fall away and Liverpool to return by and pip Thomas Tuchel’s Blues to a Champions League spot.
Merson instructed Sky Sports: ‘Man City are in, obviously – that’s the straightforward half!
‘Next, I’ve to stay with Manchester United and Leicester, who’re an excellent staff. The prime three now will keep there, in my opinion.
‘After that, this is so difficult. You know me, I don’t like to take a seat on the fence, however I’m discovering it actually arduous to select a staff for the remaining spot.
Paul Merson’s top-four prediction
- Manchester City
- Manchester United
- Leicester City
‘Despite their superb season so far, I don’t see West Ham lasting the distance, and which means a spot is up for grabs.
‘Moyes’ aspect have been good, however I noticed sufficient in that second half towards Spurs to inform me it’s simply an excessive amount of 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 remaining spot.
‘If Chelsea have a good March, that’s it, they’re in. But, I fear about Chelsea scoring sufficient targets. I can’t see them blowing groups away.
‘I’ve at all times mentioned Liverpool will make it however when push involves shove, it so arduous to stay with them, at the second. It’s arduous to get away from their type and the reality the luck will not be with them.
‘You look at the games they’ve misplaced, and you take a look at the video games they’ve arising and surprise if they will flip it round. They ought to beat Sheffield United however there may be doubt there, particularly with no defenders.
‘I’ve proven a lot religion in them, however the gamers preserve dropping like flies. The one participant I need on the pitch out of all of their gamers at the second is Jordan Henderson.
‘When things are not going well, he’s the chief. He’s the participant that will get individuals going. With him now being out of the staff it’s a little bit of a fear.
‘It feels like I’m simply going with the identify and not the performances and outcomes. The groups they haven’t overwhelmed may be very worrying.
‘I don’t know why, however I’ve to stay with Liverpool. Please don’t ask me why however I’m conserving the religion with Jurgen Klopp and his aspect.’
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