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Michael Owen believes Manchester City will trump Liverpool again in the race for the Premier League title.
The Reds pushed Pep Guardiola's men to the final day of the previous season in a heated title race, but they ultimately fell one point short after amassing an impressive 97 points.
But the ex-Liverpool and Real Madrid striker, 39, is backing the Premier League champions to secure their third consecutive league title ahead of his former employers.
Owen also named Tottenham Hotspur to finish third and Chelsea to secure the final spot in the top four, with Manchester United and Arsenal finishing fifth and sixth respectively.
Posted below is his predictions for the 2019-20 Premier League table on BetVictor.
1. Manchester City
5. Manchester United
7. West Ham
8. Leicester City
14. Aston Villa
17. Crystal Palace
19. Sheffield United
According to the pundit, United will have a "season of consolidation at Old Trafford."
He explained: "United will be desperate to add at least a couple of new big-name signings to their squad between now and the end of the transfer window, with Harry Maguire looking more and more likely to join Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's United revolution by Thursday week.
"Romelu Lukaku is surplus to requirements at Old Trafford, but the club will want to sign another striker if -- as seems increasingly likely -- the Belgian international gets his move to Italy."
Owen said City would miss the influence of former club captain Vincent Kompany following his departure to Anderlecht as player-manager, but he said they "remain the team to beat."
He continued: "Kevin de Bruyne missed long periods through injury last season and his return to full fitness allied to the acquisition of club-record signing, Spanish holding midfielder, Rodri makes the City midfield better than ever.
"It is a big season for John Stones who has the opportunity to cement his place at the heart of the defence alongside Aymeric Laporte.
"That said I wouldn't rule out Guardiola making a move between now and the end of the window for another central defender."
Guardiola's side became the first men's team in England to win a domestic treble after capturing the Premier League crown, the EFL Cup and the FA Cup.
City will be in action on Sunday against Liverpool in their Community Shield clash at Wembley.
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