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Thierry Henry and Gary Neville predict Premier League top four

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The wait is nearly over, folks.

The new Premier League season kicks off in just three days, champions Leicester City playing the first game at Hull City.

Money has been spent and new managers have been appointed. Now all that’s left is for the action to get underway.

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Ahead of the kick off, Sky Sports’ pundits have offered their predictions as to who will win the title and finish in the top four.

And Thierry Henry, Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher aren’t expecting a repeat of last season’s heroics from Leicester.

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Instead, they reckon the trophy will go to one of the Manchester clubs. Which isn’t surprising, really, considering both United and City have appointed new managers and spent more than £100 million in the window.

Here’s how Sky Sports’ experts see the season panning out.

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Thierry Henry

1. Man City 2. Man Utd. 3. Chelsea 4. Arsenal

“My hope is always Arsenal. That's a massive hope at the moment, but I think it will be between City and United. I have to go for someone so I will say City.

“Chelsea don't have any European competition to play, so that will be an advantage for them, but it might take them a little time to gel and adapt to what Conte wants.

“It's the same for Mourinho at Man Utd. It's the same at City with Guardiola too - so maybe there is a window for Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham - who have all had stability for longer - to take advantage if they don't gel straight away.”

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Gary Neville

1. Man Utd 2. Arsenal 3. Man City 4. Liverpool

“[United] have a manager and two new players with personality and stature. With Jose Mourinho, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba - and a couple of players who were already there - there's an arrogance back in the club and the city.

“There are players wearing that shirt who will stick their chests out - and that's what Manchester United are all about.

“I will say Man Utd for the title with Arsenal in second, Manchester City in third and Liverpool fourth.

“But if anybody is reading this and thinks I know what I'm talking about, then I need to make it clear that I really don't have a clue!”

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Jamie Carragher

1. Man City 2. Chelsea 3. Man Utd 4. Liverpool

“Over the last couple of years I've argued [City] have the best squad, but they haven't produced, really, and I think the hunger will come back under Pep Guardiola.

“Of course, they need more signings, but they have some special players there already in David Silva, Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne. Those three can be right up there with any in the league.

“With no European football, I think Chelsea will do well because they'll have more time together on the training pitch. Only 12 months ago they were champions and we shouldn't forget that, while Antonio Conte is a top manager.

“I think Liverpool will also benefit from not having European football.”

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