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Alan Shearer thinks Chelsea and Manchester City will occupy the top two slots in the Premier League table this season. And the former Newcastle star also thinks Manchester United will finish third, with Liverpool fourth. The new campaign is primed to kick off on Friday night when Arsenal lock horns with Brentford.
Liverpool have had a quiet transfer window so far, with Ibrahima Konate their sole summer signing.
That’s in stark contrast to the other three teams, who have managed to bolster their squad with some shrewd acquisitions.
Chelsea are on the cusp of landing Romelu Lukaku, with the Inter Milan star’s return to Stamford Bridge all but done.
Manchester City have forked out £100million on Jack Grealish, believing the former Aston Villa star can add a new dimension to their attack.
And Manchester United have landed Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane so far, who have arrived from Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid.
Now, Shearer has predicted the Premier League table.
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Alan Shearer has predicted Man Utd, Chelsea, Liverpool and Man City campaigns (Image: GETTY)
Alan Shearer is backing Chelsea to win the Premier League title (Image: GETTY)
Chris Sutton and Matthew Upson also thins Thomas Tuchel’s side will reign supreme this season, too.
Sutton said: “If Harry Kane goes to Manchester City, then he is the perfect fit for them and I would fancy them.
“If he doesn’t, I think Chelsea will nick it, because they are getting Romelu Lukaku.
“I don’t think City will win the title without signing a centre-forward.
“I know they won it last season largely playing without one, which was remarkable. I don’t see it happening again.”
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Alan Shearer has guessed Man City will finish second to Chelsea in Premier League table (Image: GETTY)
And Upson explained his decision by saying: “As things stand, I’d back Chelsea.
“It looks as if Lukaku is definitely going there, while things are very different with City and Kane – who knows if that will happen?
“It’s a big ask for them to win the league again without a new striker but, if they do get Kane, that turns that problem position into a massive positive – and I’d change my prediction.”
Other pundits, however, chose City.
Micah Richards picked his old side, while the likes of Stephen Warnock, Martin Keown, Danny Murphy, Ashley Williams and Leon Osman agree.
Alan Shearer reckons Man Utd will finish third despite Jadon Sancho transfer (Image: GETTY)
Richards said: “It’s tougher than ever to call it this season but I am still going to say City, even if they don’t get Kane.
“John Stones has signed a new deal and, with him and Ruben Dias, the defence is sorted.
“When you look at their options in midfield and going forward, it’s just not fair on the other teams and, with the form that Raheem Sterling was in at the Euros, they still have to be favourites.”
And Murphy said: “My gut feeling is that City are going to be really difficult to knock off their perch.
“They and Liverpool will just about have the edge on everyone but not by much – the top four will be really tight.”