Arsenal Out, Spurs And Liverpool In As Jermaine Defoe Makes Top Four Prediction
Jermaine Defoe has made his Premier League top-four prediction and snubbed early leaders Arsenal and in-form Manchester United.
The 2022-23 Premier League season is beginning to take shape, with Arsenal still top of the table on 15 points despite a 3-1 defeat at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Defending champions Manchester City are currently second, having dropped four points out of a possible 18, while Tottenham are unbeaten in third.
Brighton have enjoyed an impressive start to the campaign to occupy a top-four place after six games, while Manchester United have won four games in a row to climb to fifth following a dismal start.
Chelsea and Liverpool make up the European places in sixth and seventh respectively, though both clubs will need to improve if they have aspirations of challenging for the title.
Asked for his early take on the top-four, former England striker Defoe told Football Daily: ‘I’m not going to say who is going to win it, who will finish second and that.
‘But for me, the top four teams in the Premier League this year, when I look at the squads, are Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea.’
Tottenham are one of two teams yet to suffer defeat in the Premier League this season, with Antonio Conte’s side picking up from where they left off last term when they surged up the table to finish fourth and pip north London rivals Arsenal to a Champions League spot.
Spurs were busy during this summer’s transfer window, bringing Richarlison, Yves Bissouma, Cristian Romero, Destiny Udogie, Djed Spence, Ivan Perisic and Fraser Forster to north London.
On his former club’s encouraging start to the season, Defoe added: ‘It’s so early, they need to take each game as it comes.
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