The Premier League season is just over a month away and teams will already have an idea of where they want to finish, but who are favorites to get in the top four?
The world’s most competitive league is soon to start again and the excitement is building. Now there are arguably eight sides who could make a good case for getting in the top four. Liverpool, City, United and Chelsea were the ones who got their last season, with it going down to the very last game of the season.
You can pretty much guarantee City will finish in the top four as they are the favourites to win the Premier League, but as for the rest of them, there is no guarantee. As the old saying goes ‘it’s a marathon, not a sprint’, which Liverpool showed last season by getting into the top four on the final day.
Premier League Top 4 Predictions
Chelsea – 1/3
Chelsea side got the fourth spot last season and also went on to win the Champions League. It was a fantastic season for them, but Tuchel will be hoping they can challenge for the title more this season. The German manager came in midway through the season and got them playing fantastic football.
After winning the Champions League, they will be able to attract more players and spend more money this summer. Given how much they improved under Tuchel in such a short space of time last season, we can only see them being even better this season and getting top four as a minimum.
Liverpool – 1/4
Last season was a disappointing one for Liverpool who just scraped into the top four thanks to a 95th-minute goal from Alisson! That being said it was a tough year for them with injuries and it wasn’t a true reflection on Liverpool’s actual squad.
This season we expect them to bounce back, should they have all their squad back together. They haven’t been linked with any big signings yet but have brought in a new centre back in Ibrahim Konate who will only make them stronger. If Liverpool get back to how they were in the 19/20 season, they will be worrying about the title, not the top four.
Manchester United – 2/7
In the 20/21 season, United surpassed their and everyone else’s expectations by finishing second in the table. They have been trying to close the gap to the top ever since Ferguson left in 2013 and last year was probably their best since. Bruno Fernandes has been a huge help in doing so and United have further strengthened this summer with Jadon Sancho.
On paper, United have a good enough squad to probably be challenging for the title now, especially if they bring in a center-back. However, with United we’ve seen it’s not always straight forward and it could depend on how they start the season.
Leicester – 7/2
For the two seasons in a row now, Leicester have missed out on the top four on the final day. They also struggled with injuries last season but their main problem was they are so reliant on their starting eleven and if some of the key players get injured, their squad isn’t strong enough to replace such players.
Missing out on the final day shows that Leicester are actually strong enough to push for the top four. To get in their this season, they need to not drop points to the ‘lower’ sides in the table. If they can do this, they will have a good chance.
Tottenham Hotspurs – 5/1
Spurs are going through change this summer after Jose Mourinho was sacked as manager towards the end of last season. They have just hired Nuno Espirito Santo, who has never managed a side that are trying to get into the top four.
On top of this, Spurs could be losing their main man in Harry Kane. The striker recently said he would like to move club and start challenging for trophies. If Kane were to leave it’d be a big ask for Spurs to get into the top four, but if he stays they could have an outside chance, especially if they bring in one or two more this summer.
Arsenal – 5/1
Under Wenger, Arsenal were ever-present in the Champions League and top four. Since then they have really struggled and last season’s eighth-place finish was no different. Currently, the club needs a restructure in terms of players and those in charge.
With Arteta, we are yet to see why Arsenal could challenge for the top-four. They do have some promising young players coming through at the moment in Smith-Rowe, Saka, and Tierney but it could be another couple of seasons before we see them really take this Arsenal side up the table.