Alan Shearer suggests Tottenham Hotspur will miss out on Premier League top four

Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer backs Liverpool and Manchester United to fight for the fourth spot, not Tottenham Hotspur or Southampton.

Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer has suggested in The Sun that Tottenham Hotspur will not finish in the top four of the Premier League this season.

“I think Arsenal will join City and Chelsea in the top four, which leaves it between United, who are picking up results without playing well, and Liverpool,” the former England international striker wrote in The Sun.

Chelsea are five points clear at the top of the Premier League table at the moment with a game in hand, and they are now favourites to win the title.

Defending English champions City are in second place, while Arsenal are four points behind the Citizens in third.

Given the momentum of Arsenal in the Premier League, they do look on course for a third-placed finish and could even catch City.

Liverpool are also in a great run of form in the league, but it would be premature to suggest that only the Reds and United will now contest the fight for the four spot.

While Southampton are struggling at the moment, Ronald Koeman’s side have recovered from disappointments this season.

In fact, ahead of midweek’s round of matches, the Saints were just four points behind a fourth-placed United side who have picked up points without playing well.

Tottenham were seventh at the end of the weekend’s round of matches with a game in hand, and they are very much in the running for the four spot.

The key to finishing fourth for all the teams will be consistency.

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