Arsenal and Manchester United will be the two sides that miss out on the top four this season, believes Jamie Carragher.
The Sky Sports pundit was speaking after the Gunners‘ 2-0 win over Everton and says early season performances have shown Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham are better equipped to secure a place in the top four.
‘On the evidence of what we’ve seen I’d say Arsenal or Manchester United from what we’ve seen in these opening six games. The others look a little bit further up,’ the former Liverpool defender said.
Manchester United will miss out on the Premier League top four, says Jamie Carragher
The pundit also feels Unai Emery’s Arsenal will fall short compared to better equipped rivals
Carragher has altered his prediction on who will make the top four after just six matches
‘Tottenham have had a little bit of a wobble, a good result for them yesterday but it will be really tight and it always is with the top six.’
For the established top six sides it proved a mix bag of results across the weekend with Liverpool the only side maintaining a 100 per cent start to the new campaign.
A 3-0 canter at home to Southampton ensured they remain top of the pile and appearing the most likely to challenge reigning champions Manchester City, who themselves laid down a marker by beating Cardiff City 5-0 away from home.
Liverpool are the only side to have played six, won six, and look like a serious title contender
Manchester City’s quest for a successive title took a boost with a 5-0 win away at Cardiff
It was to be two dropped points for Chelsea on their travels as they drew a blank against West Ham, while Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United side saw a 1-0 lead slip and they had to settle for a point – leaving them seventh, with 10 points from six matches.
‘I think the top six are so far ahead now that if just one or two of those teams on any given weekend drop points it feels like a really big thing for the rest of the other teams, because a lot of the other dropped points come from each other,’ Carragher continued.
‘So far Liverpool winning, City winning, for Tottenham and Arsenal, for Chelsea and United to drop points against two of the lesser sides it’s a really big thing.
‘City showed last year – and whoever is going to win the title this year – that the points total now to win the title – it was 80 or so when I was playing – but it’s 90 plus now.’
Manchester United had a difficult weekend as they were held to a draw by a spirited Wolves
Joao Moutinho netted the equaliser to hold United and they now sit seventh behind rivals
Watford are the current anomaly keeping United outside of the top six even at this early stage but with Mourinho’s men, Arsenal and Tottenham already slipping to two defeats from six, there is a sense that they will be the teams battling to make the top four.
Carragher’s comments make interesting reading as he appears, after just six games, to want to alter his predictions before the Premier League campaign began.
Sitting alongside Gary Neville on their Monday Night Football show, Carragher originally predicted Manchester City to win the league with Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham completing his top four.
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