Chris Sutton has predicted how the Premier League table will loom at the end of the season, with Chelsea backed to win the title.
Chelsea currently have just a one point lead at the top of the table, following Sunday’s draw against Manchester United, with Manchester City and Liverpool second and third, in that order.
But despite dropping points, Sutton says he has a feeling it is Chelsea’s season, as he also predicted that it would be between Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool.
He told the Daily Mail: “At the start of the season, I tipped Manchester City to win the Premier League, but that came with an asterisk.
“It was provided they completed the signing of Harry Kane which, at the time, looked likely.
“Now that a third of the season has passed, I’m leaning towards Chelsea, who did sign Romelu Lukaku. But let’s be honest, any one of Chelsea, City and Liverpool could win it.
“Those three are on another level to everyone else and I’d be surprised if any of these horses fell out of the race. For the neutral, the prospect of them making this a scrap to the bitter end is exciting.
“Even without a striker, City are capable of being crowned champions. Their performance at Chelsea in September was one of complete control.
“But I sense that this will end up being a special season for Thomas Tuchel and that it will be dark blue ribbons getting tied to that trophy in May.”
He added, “We’ve got the three-horse race and bringing up the rear, although they look like a donkey right now, I’m saying Manchester United will finish fourth,’ Sutton said.
“The fact that Arsenal don’t have Europe this season is a massive advantage for them. Mikel Arteta and his players have got no excuses – no Thursday night games in Baku to hide behind.
“They’re even on the verge of having Arsene Wenger back at the club, and he knows a thing or two about finishing fourth.
“But Ralf Rangnick is a super-manager, a visionary of the game, the godfather of gegenpressing, and I believe United are capable of sneaking into the Champions League places at the expense of fellow European hopefuls Arsenal and West Ham.”
Sutton’s Full Prediction:
2) Man City
4) Man United
6) West Ham
9) Aston Villa
12) Crystal Palace