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Premier League predictions: The top four

Thursday 2nd February 2017
With the halfway point of the season a couple of weeks gone, let's take a look back at the progress of the best-performing teams thus far as well as the teams with the most momentum in an attempt to predict the top 4 come the end of the season.

1 - Chelsea

9 points clear at the top of the table with the best goal difference in the league and the joint best defensive record (along with Spurs), it's impossible to imagine Antonio Conte's men not running away with the title, let alone not finishing in a Champions League spot. Their impressive defensive record coupled with their lethal attacking trio of Eden Hazard, Diego Costa and Pedro leaves little to the imagination when it comes to their chances of success. And when you consider that they have no European football to tire them out, that pretty much cements their place as our favourites to win the title.

2 - Tottenham Hotspur

Current second-place side Spurs look to finish in the top 4 for the second year running. With the joint best defensive record in the league as well as arguably the most consistent goal-scorer after the aforementioned Diego Costa, Mauricio Pochettino's men hardly ever look like losing, and have crept their way up to second spot while everyone's attention has been on slipping sides such as Liverpool, Manchester City and even fierce rivals Arsenal. With confidence flowing through the players and belief flowing through the fans, we think that White Hart Lane could see The Lilywhites top their impressive third-place finish of last season.

3 - Arsenal

Although they just about managed to finish above fellow North-London club Spurs last season, we think this season could see a role-reversal. With Arsene Wenger's men managing to secure a top-4 finish for the last 20 seasons in a row, it'd be ridiculous to consider that changing this year. Especially when you consider the current form of Chilean playmaker Alexis Sanchez, who already has 15 goals and 8 assists in 22 games, which surely makes him an early contender for Premier League Player of the Season. Add to this the recent goal-scoring form of Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott and Lucas Perez and you have a plethora of attacking options, and that's before you include assist-king Mesut Ozil.

4 - Manchester City

This one was really tough, as Liverpool have put forward a very convincing case so far this season, but we just feel that the Reds' defensive record will let them down and that Pep Guardiola's side still have the potential to turn their season around. When you consider the world class players, in particular, those in attacking positions, at Guardiola's disposal, it just seems logical that they'd manage to bring back winning ways. With match-winners such as Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero and David Silva in the squad, it's always a possibility that a bit of magic could change their luck at any time. New boy Gabriel Jesus has just joined the club after a loan spell at former club Palmeiras, and has already bagged himself a goal and an assist in two appearances for The Sky Blues.
Daniel Felix Hobson

I'm a 20-year-old film student and writer of all things football.

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