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Friday, October 1, 2021

Chelsea backed to win title as Chris Sutton and Robbie Savage make Premier League top-four predictions

  Chris Sutton and Robbie Savage have made their Premier League top-four predictions, with both former stars backing Chelsea to lift th...


Chris Sutton and Robbie Savage have made their Premier League top-four predictions, with both former stars backing Chelsea to lift the title this season.

Manchester City stormed to their third title in four seasons last year, finishing 12 points ahead of rivals Manchester United and 17 points clear of defending champions Liverpool. Pep Guardiola’s side, who visit Anfield this weekend, appear to face more competition for the title this term, with Chelsea thriving under Thomas Tuchel, Liverpool buoyed by the return of several first-team stars and Manchester United enjoying a superb summer transfer window.

Manchester City have already dropped five points this season – losing to Tottenham on the opening day and drawing at home to Southampton two weeks ago – and both Sutton and Savage are ‘worried’ for City after they failed to sign a new striker over the summer.

The English champions attempted to sign Tottenham and England captain Harry Kane but Spurs held firm, leaving Guardiola potentially short as he attempts to win another domestic title and the Champions League for the first time at City. Given their failed Kane move, Sutton expects Man City to drop to third this season – behind runners- up Liverpool and new champions Chelsea – while Savage reckons Guardiola’s side will finish second behind Tuchel’s Blues.

Do you know what?
Before the start of the season, before a ball was kicked, I was thinking Manchester City [would win the title],’
Sutton told the UMM YouTube channel .

Chris Sutton's top-four prediction 

Manchester City
Manchester United

‘But that was if they signed Harry Kane, and they didn’t. I’m going to go for Chelsea, mainly because of [summer signing Romelu] Lukaku. ‘At this moment in time Chelsea’s defence looks so solid, they have goals in their team, you look at their attacking players… ‘I’m going for Chelsea. I worry about Manchester City not signing Harry Kane, I think they will regret that and they could finish third because of it.

Liverpool are the runners-up for me.’ Savage added: ‘Before the start of the season, I would have gone Chelsea, Man City, Man United and Liverpool, in that order. ‘I’m still going for Chelsea to win it because their squad is unbelievable and the Romelu Lukaku signing.

Robbie Savage's top-four prediction

Manchester City
Manchester United

‘If Man City would have got Kane, I would’ve gone for them but they didn’t. I’ve got them second. ‘I went for Manchester United in third but I’d change that to Liverpool now. [Virgil] Van Dijk is like a new signing, the same for [Joe] Gomez, they’ve got all their players back. ‘I think Liverpool with Van Dijk will finish third ahead of Manchester United.’

Title rivals Liverpool and Manchester City, currently first and second in the Premier League, meet at Anfield on Sunday. European champions Chelsea welcome Southampton to Stamford Bridge tomorrow, while Manchester United are also in action against Everton.

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