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Jamie Carragher & Rio Ferdinand Predict Their Premier League Winner & Top Four

Jamie Carragher & Rio Ferdinand Predict Their Premier League Winner & Top Four

Ahead of the new season, Jamie Carragher and Rio Ferdinand have made their predictions for the league winners and top four and they've both agreed on one team.

The former England internationals have both predicted that Manchester City will win their third successive Premier League trophy, with Liverpool narrowly missing out again.


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Former Liverpool defender Carragher stated per his pre-season predictions in The Telegraph,

"They are so strong and with Pep Guardiola at the helm there will no let up."


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The 41-year-old has also tipped Guardiola's side to end their Champions League conquest with victory in Istanbul next year.

'Carra' believes North London duo Tottenham and Arsenal will make up the top four, with the former being down to manager Mauricio Pochettino sticking around at Spurs.

"Liverpool will be the closest challengers again, but keeping Mauricio Pochettino was crucial for Spurs," he adds.

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He also believes Arsenal will be stronger with their slew of signings over the summer, including Kieran Tierney, David Luiz & Nicolas Pepe as the stand outs.

On the flip-side, Rio Ferdinand also expects Arsenal miss out on the Champions League again but thinks old club Manchester United will get back into the top four.

Per The Sun, Ferdinand discussed his predictions.

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"Chelsea and Arsenal in Europa. Spurs and United for the Champions League. City to win it, Liverpool second."

Ferdinand also delved into what he thinks has changed at Old Trafford over the summer.

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"There's been a new idea, transfer policy wise, young British hungry players.

United signed Harry Maguire, Aaron-Wan Bissaka and Daniel James over the summer.

Those players add to a squad the 40-year-old believes will be much more physically prepared for the new campaign.

"When you watch their preseason, they look fit, working hard. It's a big difference. If you can add fitness levels to your team, then they can start carrying out what he wants them to do.

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"I don't think they could carry out what he wanted them to do last season because of their fitness.

"If that's a big change, there's a good chance they can finish higher than they did last season."

In terms of the bottom of the table, Ferdinand picks a surprise relegation for Ralph Hasenhuttl's Southampton as well as immediate returns to the Championship for Norwich City and Aston Villa.

He does pick Chris Wilder's Sheffield United as a surprise package for the season.

Who do you think will come in the top four this season? Let us know in the comments below.

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Topics: Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United, Premier League, Rio Ferdinand, Jamie Carragher

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