Rio Ferdinand.

Rio Ferdinand predicts the 2016-17 Premier League top four

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Rio Ferdinand has developed into one of television’s best football pundits over the past year.

The former Manchester United and England defender, who ended his illustrious playing career in 2015, has probably exceeded expectations since taking up a full-time role at BT Sport.

Few pundits talk as passionately, eloquently or with as much conviction as the 37-year-old.


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When Ferdinand speaks, football fans listen, hence why a Q&A session on his Facebook page today has already generated well over 20,000 views.

The retired centre-back was asked a range of different questions during his six-minute video, including which four teams will finish inside the Premier League’s top four come May.

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Ferdinand could find no room for Arsenal, Liverpool or the reigning champions Leicester City.

Rio’s PL top four prediction

4. Tottenham

Tottenham Hotspur v Crystal Palace - Premier League

3. Chelsea


2. Manchester City


1. Manchester United

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Rio's video...

The bookies see it differently

This differs somewhat from the Premier League’s current top four of City, Chelsea, United and Everton - although it’s still very early days on that front.

The bookmakers, meanwhile, have City finishing ahead of United, followed by Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool. Tottenham are next on the list.

Pep Guardiola Press Conference

The odds will fluctuate this weekend, particularly once the result of Saturday’s Manchester derby has been decided.

Big weekend

The Red Devils, with home advantage and the fact Sergio Aguero is suspended, are the marginal favourites heading into the match although City have been superb in these early weeks under Pep Guardiola.


Arsenal, meanwhile, face Southampton at the Emirates Stadium - nothing less than all three points will satisfy the home fans - while Tottenham face a tricky trip to Stoke City, Liverpool host Leicester at Anfield and Chelsea play Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday.

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