Paul Merson makes new top-four predictions after Arsenal’s loss to Crystal Palace

Paul Merson makes new top-four predictions after Arsenal's loss to Crystal Palace

Paul Merson now believes Tottenham have the edge over Manchester United and Arsenal in the Premier League top-four race.

The Gunners lavished a chance to go six points clear with a game in hand ahead of Man United and return back to the 4th position with three points ahead of Spurs after they lost 3-0 away to Crystal Palace on Monday.

Following the defeat, United remain in the top-four race, according to Merson, but the Sky Sports pundit believes Tottenham are now the favourites to join the likes of Man City, Liverpool, and Chelsea to seal their places in the Champions League next season.

Crystal Palace is a hard place to go on a Monday night, don’t underestimate it – and if Arsenal had beaten Palace, I thought top four was done and dusted,” Merson told Sky Sports.

“It would have been three points clear and a game in hand, it was massive. Now all of a sudden, Arsenal don’t really have a game in hand – because Tottenham have got them at home anyway.

“It doesn’t matter what they do with their game in hand, because Tottenham will have to beat them and can overtake them.

“Spurs are the favourites for top four now. When Harry Kane’s playing like he is, I don’t think too many teams are going to beat them.

“I saw him go to the Etihad and rip Manchester City apart. I saw him rip West Ham apart, I saw him rip Newcastle apart.

“But you take Kane out of the team, top four ain’t happening for Spurs. It’s as simple as that. When he doesn’t turn up at Burnley away, they get beaten.”

Paul Merson believes Manchester United are still in the top-four race
Paul Merson believes Manchester United are still in the top-four race

Manchester United played a 1-1 draw against Leicester City at Old Trafford on Saturday, thanks to goalscorers Kelechi Iheanacho and Fred.

The draw became more heartbreaking for Man United, as they would have been a point off the top-four following Arsenal’s result if they had won The Foxes.

United will face Chelsea, Liverpool, and Arsenal in their remaining eight league matches, making their quest a bit harder but Merson believes The Gunners’ defeat at Selhurst Park has given The Red Devils a chance to continue their top-four pursuit.

Assessing United’s top-four chances, Merson added: “I don’t think Manchester United are totally out of the top-four race. The Arsenal result at Palace gives them a chance.

“Arsenal and Tottenham have got to play each other, Man Utd have got to play Arsenal, and if results go their way then they are in it.

“I don’t watch them and think “wow”, which I do with Tottenham at the moment. I watch United and I don’t see it at all. But they’re still in it.”