Paul Merson reveals his Premier League table prediction for the season

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This season's Premier League is looking more unpredictable than ever.

In a division where anyone can beat anyone, trying to guess who will win the title is just as difficult as picking the top four.

And now, with the season just days away, Sky Sports' Paul Merson has revealed where he expects each side to finish in May.

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The former Arsenal star turned pundit, is a regular panel member on Sky's flagship Gillette Soccer Saturday programme and is never usually one to shy away from speaking his mind.

As with any prediction, not every club's loyal support will be too pleased with where Merson has ranked their team but here are a few of the key talking points.

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Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United have all begun new eras with their respective coaches and the former Arsenal star thinks they will take up the Premier League's top three spots.

From those three, Merson has predicted Antonio Conte's men to take the title and expects the Italian to have an instant impact at Stamford Bridge.

"I'm going for Chelsea to be champions on the strength of the manager, Antonio Conte, and Eden Hazard," Merson said.

"The Belgium international had a terrible campaign last season, but could still be the best player in the league. If he gets going again the Blues could sneak their way to the top."


"I'll put Man City second and I could make a case for Manchester United winning the title with Jose Mourinho in charge. They have a big squad full of big players."

Merson, who made over 250 appearances for the Gunners, thinks his former side will take the final Champions League spot but only have themselves to blame for not being in contention for the title.

He added: "If Arsenal had bought a world-class centre-forward and centre-half, I would have picked them for the title, but they haven't.

"It would probably help them in the long-term if they didn't finish in the top four for one season because it would force them to make some changes - but I expect them to be around fourth."

The Sky pundit has picked Liverpool and Tottenham to make up the rest of the top six while he expects current defending champions Leicester City to finish in a lowly 11th.

Elsewhere, there aren't too many surprises. Burnley and manager-less Hull aren't expected to extend their stay in the top flight beyond this campaign but Merson has tipped Bournemouth to struggle in their second season and similarly return to the Championship.

At this stage, though, it's probably not worth taking Merson's picks too seriously. There is still plenty of time for clubs to bring in a couple of players to completely change their fortunes before the transfer window closes.

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