Robbie Savage predicts how the 2016/17 Premier League table will finish

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The start of the 2016/17 Premier League is only hours away, meaning the three-month wait since the last season ended back in May is almost over.

Everyone is providing their two cents on where they think each team can finish in the league, who will be relegated, who will stay up, who will finish in the European spots, and who will be crowned Premier League champions come May 2017.

Next up to share their opinion is former Blackburn Rovers and Derby midfielder Robbie Savage, who has some surprise placements of some clubs according to his opinion piece with the Mirror.


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First of all, he has Manchester United to win it all. He pips them to beat every other club past the post because he likes the spine which manager Jose Mourinho has built. He said: "David De Gea, Eric Bailly, record signing Paul Pogba and showman Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a world-class backbone.

"Throw in the pace of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, plus Wayne Rooney’s experience, and they have the look of champions."

In second, he has United's cross-city neighbours Manchester City, followed by Liverpool in third - believing their lack of European competition will help them finish inside the Champions League spots - with Chelsea completing the top four.

Tottenham, Arsenal, and the current champions Leicester City take up fifth, sixth, and seventh respectively.

Savage believes: "Champions League football at Wembley will stretch Mauricio Pochettino’s squad," while he also thinks the "same old weaknesses remain at the back" for the Gunners and with so many clubs competing for only four spots will see Arsenal miss out on Champions League football.

West Ham, Everton, and Stoke complete the top ten with the Welshman thinking the Hammers won't have any problems playing in the Olympic Stadium. 11th to 14th is filled by Crystal Palace, Southampton, Watford, and Sunderland.

Bournemouth, West Brom, and Burnley make up the final safe spots in the league, with Savage believing Swansea, Middlesbrough, and Hull will be relegated to the Championship.

On the Swans, he said: "I fear the exit of skipper Ashley Williams and Andre Ayew will be too great a handicap. Desperately hope I’m wrong, but the harsh reality of Premier League football may be about to catch up with the Swans." He also thinks Boro and Hull don't have the quality to stay in the Premier League.

The biggest surprise from Savage's table predictions would be Arsenal finishing outside of the top four. This would be the first time the Gunners have finished outside of the Champions League spots since the 1995/96 season, but with their lack of movement in the transfer window and the top teams improving around them, you can see why he hasn't placed them there this season.

Robbie Savage's Full Premier League Table

1. Manchester United
2. Manchester City
3. Liverpool
4. Chelsea
5. Tottenham
6. Arsenal
7. Leicester City
8. West Ham
9. Everton
10. Stoke
11. Crystal Palace
12. Southampton
13. Watford
14. Sunderland
15. Bournemouth
16. West Brom
17. Burnley
18. Swansea
19. Middlesbrough
20. Hull

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Leicester City
Wayne Rooney
Paul Pogba
Manchester United
Alexis Sanchez
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Eric Bailly
Tottenham Hotspur
Crystal Palace
David de Gea
Premier League
West Bromwich Albion
Stoke City
Marcus Rashford
Robbie Savage
Manchester City
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