Bad news for Chelsea as Premier League legend names teams that will finish in top 4

Bad news for Chelsea as Premier League legend names teams that will finish in top 4

- Paul Merson has tipped Man City, United and Leicester all to seal a Champions League spot

- The Arsenal legend believes the final top four slot will pit a battle between Chelsea and Liverpool

- However, according to Merson, the Reds stand the best chance to earn that place despite their struggles that have seen them drop down the log

- The Jurgen Klopp side currently sit sixth with 40 points, a massive five off the top four

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Arsenal legend Paul Merson has backed Liverpool to edge out West Ham United and Chelsea to a top-four finish at the end of the season.

Bad news for Chelsea as Premier League legend names teams that will finish in top 4
Merson believes the final top four slot will pit a battle between Chelsea and Liverpool. Photo by Darren Walsh.
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The Blues have enjoyed a steady rise up the table since the arrival of Thomas Tuchel, with the side picking 14 points from the available 18 to move to fifth on the log.

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Man City are currently sitting pretty at the top with 59 points, 10 above second-placed United and Leicester who are third on level on points with the Red Devils.

West Ham complete the top four slots following their 2-1 thrilling win over rivals Tottenham Hotspur with 45 points, two above fifth-placed Chelsea.

Liverpool are sixth after collecting 40 points from 25 matches and five points off the coveted Champions League place.

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However, Merson believes they will pick themselves up after a poor run of results to seal a top-four finish at the end of the season.

According to the Arsenal icon, he expects Leicester to keep their place in third behind United and City, with a battle for the top four moving to the one remaining slot. Merson told Sky Sports:

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"Man City are in, obviously – that’s the easy part. Next, I have to stick with Manchester United and Leicester, who are a very good team. The top three now will stay there, in my opinion.
"After that, this is so difficult. You know me, I don’t like to sit on the fence, but I’m finding it really hard to pick a team for the final spot."
"I don’t know why, but I have to stick with Liverpool. Please don’t ask me why but I’m keeping the faith with Jurgen Klopp and his side."

His prediction that the Blues could finish outside a Champions League spot came a day after Arsene Wenger made a similar prediction.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Thomas Tuchel has heaped praises on Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud for remaining relevant at the highest level of the game despite being a 34-year-old, Sky Sports.

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The France international scored a spectacular over-head kick that gave Chelsea the win over Atletico Madrid in the Champions League last 16 first leg.

The goal took a few minutes before it stood as legitimate after a long look at the VAR for suspicion of an offside.

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