Paul Merson predicts the Premier League's top four

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The international break is finally coming to an end and Premier League fans will not have to wait much longer to see their stars back in action this weekend.

The lack of excitement surrounding the national team just makes the heart grow fonder for the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United to lock horns once again.

We've now reached a point in the season where each side has got a fairly good idea of what to expect from the rest of the campaign and the title race, in particular, is bubbling along nicely.

Just two points separate Liverpool in first place and Arsenal in fourth while the only team yet to lose a game, Tottenham are just two wins away from topping the table themselves.

It has got all the makings of another exciting and unpredictable pursuit for glory and in a way, you've got to feel a bit sorry for those who are asked to offer their 'expert' opinion in the form of guessing how the season will finish.

Paul Merson's predictions is a weekly feature for Sky Sports and just like most things the Soccer Saturday star does, fans would probably actually prefer to see him get his forecasts drastically wrong than right.

Nevertheless, he's had a go a predicting how the top four will end up in May and thinks that the present occupiers will all qualify for the Champions League - just not in the current order.

After 11 matches, Merson thinks Manchester City will edge the title race, followed by Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool.

The former Gunner also admitted he supports Chelsea but doesn't think they will have enough to win the league despite their recent upturn in form.

"I’m a Chelsea fan and I’d be disappointed if Chelsea finish above Man City and didn’t win the Premier League," Merson said, as per the Daily Star.

The 48-year-old has dismissed Arsenal's chances of ending their title drought and also believes Man United - who didn't make his top four cut - are well behind the other contenders.

He added: "No, I don’t see it (Arsenal winning the league),

"They played Middlesbrough at home and were very lucky to get a result.

"They were 1-1 with 15 minutes to go against Sunderland.

“I think it’s a big ask (for Man United). I think they’re well short at the moment.

“You look at Liverpool and Chelsea, they’re playing once a week. It’s a big advantage.

“With Manchester City I just think he (Pep Guardiola) will get it right and buy who he needs to buy.”

Merson's updated prediction certainly looks a bit different to the one he made before a ball had even been kicked.

As you can see by the tweet below, he initially felt that Chelsea would win the league with Man City, Man United and Arsenal their closest challengers.

Merson also guessed that Burnley, Hull and Bournemouth would make up the bottom three.

So if Merson's predictions are useful in any way, we'd probably suggest you've got more chance of winning money by betting on the exact opposite result he expects.

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