Alan Shearer makes Premier League top four & relegation predictions


Alan Shearer has made his Premier League top four prediction and named the three clubs he believes will get relegated this campaign.

Manchester City are currently 10 points clear at the top of the table and on a run of 11 consecutive top-flight wins.

Chelsea, who Shearer was initially backing to win the title before the start of the season, are now in second, while Liverpool occupy the third position.

Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal are currently in fourth position, with West Ham, Tottenham and Manchester United all within close proximity of the Gunners.

Former England and Newcastle player Shearer has now tipped Man City, Liverpool and Chelsea to form the top three and Tottenham to finish in fourth.

‘Before a ball was kicked I did say Chelsea [to win the league] – I’m having severe doubts now,’ Shearer told Optus Sport.

‘The run that Man City have been on, they’ve just been relentless and Pep [Guardiola] is just incredible, the way he keeps drilling out results and getting the best out of all of those players that he’s got.

‘It’s difficult with so many good players because every good player wants to play every week and how he handles that is hugely important. ‘So I’ll probably have to say Man City [will win] I don’t think anyone will beat them now.

‘Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea… I’ve been really impressed with Arteta and Arsenal and how he’s handled things, but [Antonio] Conte going into Spurs and with Harry Kane and Son [Heung-min] up front, I think I might say Spurs into fourth position.’

At the bottom of the table, Burnley, Newcastle and Norwich are in the relegation places, while Watford are hovering two points above the league’s drop zone.

When asked which clubs will go down, Shearer said: ‘Probably Norwich, Watford and I always say Burnley will have enough but I’ve watched Burnley a few times in December and been really surprised at how poor they’ve been defensively.

‘I know they don’t concede as many as the other teams in the relegation battle do but then going forward they haven’t scored as much either. They’ve got [Maxwel] Cornet, who can produce spectacular goals.

‘I’m going to say Burnley, let’s hope that Newcastle that are going to get out of it.’


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