CHELSEA will miss out on a place in the top four of the Premier League this season – as will Arsenal.
They are the views of pundits Chris Sutton and Martin Keown, who have both predicted the order of the final top six.
As things stand with eight games to go (nine for Chelsea), Manchester City and Liverpool occupy the top two spots in the table and are way ahead of the chasing pack.
Tottenham remain in third on 61 points, Arsenal in fourth on 60, Manchester United in fifth on 58 and Chelsea in sixth on 57 points.
These positions are sure to change hands between now and the end of the season with some teams still to play each other.
The biggest games remaining include Chelsea’s trip to Old Trafford to play United while Tottenham have to play both Liverpool and Manchester City away.
Arsenal probably have the kindest fixtures out of everyone as they do not have to play a single team from the current top six.
But what do Keown and Sutton think the final positions will be? Well they both agree on the same top four spots, with Liverpool winning the league, City in second, Spurs in third, and United in fourth.
“On August 6, a week before the start of the season, I predicted this top four and I am standing by it,” Keown said in his column for the Daily Mail.
“I predicted this top four and I am standing by it”
“Pochettino is too good a manager to let Spurs slip and United’s re-emergence under Solskjaer has been stunning to watch.”
“Sutton agreed, saying: “Liverpool and Manchester City have the top two sewn up and it will be tight but I am backing Pochettino to snap Spurs out of their tough run while Solskjaer will make sure United don’t dwell on the 2-0 loss to Arsenal.”
Keown added: “Tottenham will start with a points advantage and the benefit of having five of their last eight games at home, even though they must travel to both Liverpool and City.
“Spurs have hit terrible form with only one point out of the last 12. Manchester United have taken seven from their last four games, which is identical to Chelsea.
“Arsenal, on the outside of the Champions League for two years, eased up into fourth with 10 points from 12 when they beat United on Sunday, and have a friendly run-in.
“Five of their last eight fixtures are away from home, however, and Unai Emery’s team have been inconsistent on the road.
“Points will be dropped in unexpected places while Chelsea and United will look towards their clash in April as a significant date.”
Chelsea and Liverpool are thinly two teams in Premier League action this weekend due to FA Cup commitments elsewhere.
The Blues travel to Everton while Liverpool will be looking to regain top spot once more when they travel to Fulham.