Alan Shearer predicts Arsenal and Manchester United will miss out on a Champions League spot, as legendary striker backs SPURS in Premier League top four race… and says his beloved Newcastle will avoid relegation
- Alan Shearer has made his Premier League top four and relegation predictions
- The pundit thinks Spurs will pip Arsenal and Manchester United to fourth place
- Ex-Newcastle striker thinks Burnley, Norwich and Watford will face the drop
- The 51-year-old says he doesn’t ‘think anyone will beat’ Manchester City now
Alan Shearer has made his Premier League top four predictions and given his three most likely relegation candidates for the season.
The former England and Newcastle striker thinks Pep Guardiola’s Citizens will retain their title, with Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham taking the remaining Champions League positions.
The 51-year-old had initially predicted Thomas Tuchel’s side to win the league, but has since changed his mind.
Alan Shearer thinks Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham will make the top four
Shearer has been impressed with Tottenham since Antonio Conte’s arrival in November
Speaking to Optus Sport, Shearer said: ‘Before a ball was kicked I did say Chelsea [to win the league] – I’m having severe doubts now,’
‘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.’
Pep Guardiola’s side currently sit 10 points clear at the top of the table and are unbeaten in the league since October.
Pep Guardiola’s Man City are currently 10 points clear at the top of the Premier League table
Legendary striker Shearer believes Manchester United will miss out on a top-four spot
Shearer’s former side Newcastle currently sit in the relegation zone, but he believes the Magpies will be safe come the end of the season.
‘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.’
He also believes Arsenal, who have looked impressive in recent weeks, will fall short come May