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Michael Owen predicts the final Premier League top four after 20 games of the season

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The majority of Premier League fans are fast becoming preoccupied with the title race as Liverpool bid to win the league for the first time in 28 years.

The Reds look in scintillating form, sending Arsenal home as their latest victims with a 5-1 thrashing at Anfield on Saturday evening. 

However, despite Manchester City's recent difficulties, the champions can never be written off. 

Pep Guardiola's side did their bit to keep the pressure on as they beat Southampton 3-1 on Sunday, overhauling Spurs in the process. 

It may be just over the halfway stage of the campaign, but a consensus is already being formed as to who will be occupying the top two spots come May - the only question is in what order. 

Yet, there is still a debate to be had about what the rest of the top four will look like. With each side now having played 20 games, it's a good time to address how the table is shaping up. 

Tottenham looked to be flying prior to their 3-1 reverse against Wolves, while Manchester United - who many thought had no chance of playing Champions League football next season when Jose Mourinho was still in charge - are now suddenly back in the reckoning thanks to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. 

Both Arsenal and Chelsea know what it's like to have to settle for the Europa League following their respective disappointments last season, but with new managers at the helm, the two London clubs will be seeking to improve on that over the next six months.

Owen has predicted more disappointment for Arsenal

Michael Owen has now weighed in on who he thinks will make the top four in a Twitter Q and A. 

When asked who he thinks will drop down to the Championship, he suggested it would be Huddersfield, Cardiff, and Fulham. 

Owen's prediction 

And, as for the Champions League top spots, he was even clearer about that: 

Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, and Spurs - on current form, that looks hard to argue with. 

The last month has served as a reminder of just how much Unai Emery has to do at Arsenal. 

The Gunners have had woeful luck regarding injuries but they have also revealed a worrying resemblance to the side that spelled the end of Arsene Wenger's career at the club. 

Owen's prediction also sees his former club, United, miss out. 

United can no longer be written off

Mourinho initially promised the Red Devils would be in the top four by Christmas and it's safe to say they were a long way off.

With Solskjaer at the helm, though, it no longer looks impossible. 

The next few months are going to be very intriguing indeed. 

Which two sides will miss out on the top four? Have your say in the comments. 

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