Similar to Marmite, you either love or hate them. Either way, Sky Sports Soccer Saturday pundits Charlie Nicholas, Paul Merson, and Phil Thompson have donkey’s years of experience playing at the highest level. Plus, they have notched up thousands of hours entertaining millions of viewers while they sit in front of the television cameras.
I mean, let’s be clear, they do know a thing or two about football.
Pundits predict Premier League outcome
All three love sticking their neck out and making predictions. They can be, at times controversial. However, there is one thing that is generally accepted, and that is we the public take note of what they say.
With 28 Premier League fixtures still on the horizon one would think it is too early to begin predicting who will, come the end of the season lift the EPL trophy. Well, according to these three veterans it’s never too early to predict anything.
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“City still have the best squad in the league and, for me, they’ll just take it ahead of Liverpool, who should run them close. Chelsea are all about Eden Hazard, but if he stays fit then they should have enough for third, but fourth place was a real poser for me.
“Arsenal have been a pleasant surprise for me this season – Liverpool and Spurs have had their best starts to a season but Arsenal are right up there with them under the new manager so, being an Arsenal man, I’ll go with them to edge out Spurs for fourth place due to the lack of signings Mauricio Pochettino has made.
“As I’ve said for a while now, Manchester United are way off the pace.”
Charlie predicts the end of the campaign will look like this.
“Manchester City are just a bit too good for Liverpool, and Chelsea are very reliant on Hazard. Tottenham might not have signed anyone in the summer, but they’ve only got to get into the top four, and before Monday night it was their best start to a season.
“Arsenal have too much to do to bridge the gap, their defence is still the same as it was under Arsene Wenger in terms of giving away chances, and Manchester United are dropping too many points and not looking convincing at the minute.”
“City still look just too strong for the rest, although Liverpool do have a chance, but they’ll have to do everything right to get the better of them over the course of a season. Chelsea have impressed me so far, and with Hazard, they can take third.”
My stance is that Pep Guardiola and his MCFC team should, if they carry on in a similar vein retain the Premier League title.
Liverpool will fight all the way, but fail to capture the trophy while Manchester United will, based on their current performances finish outside of the top six.
What do you think?