Stelling sees Manchester United securing top-four finish, but says battle isn't over

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Jeff Stelling tells HITC Sport that Chelsea will likely win the Premier League title, but says there are more twists and turns to come in top-four battle.

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Manchester United’s 2-0 victory over Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday may, in the eyes of some, have made the top-four picture a little clearer.

With Chelsea prevailing in a tense five-goal affair at Hull City a few hours after the Premier League firework display finished on Merseyside, they appear to have a couple of fingers, maybe even a whole hand, on the top-flight title.

It is, however, the battle below them that has intrigued and captivated audiences throughout the season, with Jose Mourinho’s thoroughbreds having bolted out of the gates and left the chasing pack trailing in their wake.

Manchester City looked like they might be able to mount a challenge at one stage, but may have clattered one hurdle too many, with there a distinct possibility that they could be caught, and overtaken, by Arsenal and/or Manchester United.

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Behind them, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton are refusing to throw in the top-four towel with there still eight games and 24 points to be contested.

Jeff Stelling is among those that believe there are more twists and turns to come in this epic race, with the Soccer Saturday host expecting plenty of drama before the Premier League frontrunners pass the finishing post.

Stelling is supporting North West finalist Andy Dawber in The People's Pundit, championed by the Carlsberg Fan Squad, and went to visit him in his local pub to give him some top tips on punditry. While there, he told HITC Sport during a telephone interview: “It’s definitely not settled. There are so many of the top four that have got to play other sides in the top four/five, that I think it’s still all up for grabs. Maybe not the title. I think the fact that Chelsea sneaked past Hull has given them a bit of breathing space and I would be surprised if they don’t win the title.

“You have got a Manchester derby to come, United have got some difficult games, Liverpool have got some difficult games, Arsenal have, they all have to play each other. I wouldn’t even necessarily rule Southampton or Spurs out of it.

“I think there are definitely still twists to come. I think it will be Chelsea, Arsenal, Man City, Man United, so the four that are in there now, but not necessarily in that order. But I still think there will be twists. I am a cautious gambler!”

Those at Anfield, White Hart Lane and St Mary’s will be hoping that there are many chapters yet to be written in the 2014/15 tale, with there still an opportunity to secure a happy ending.

It is, however, going to be difficult to dislodge those currently occupying the loftiest of perches, with no-one wanting to take a tumble at this late stage.

For Chelsea, crowning glory is in sight, and for those following on behind the Champions League carrot is drawing ever closer, with the riches and prestige it brings almost theirs for the taking.

The mission of the Carlsberg fan squad is to make football better for fans. That's why, If Carlsberg did Pundits…they'd probably be just like you. Jeff Stelling visited North West finalist, Andy Dawber, at the John Millngton Pub in Manchester to help him prepare for Boot Camp in the People's Pundit, championed by Carlsberg – the official beer of the Premier League. To find out how Andy and all of our other pundits get on in the race to secure their big break on talkSPORT, or to find details of a regional heat near you, head to Plus, if you'd like to show your support to Andy, follow him @AndyDawber #PeoplesPundit

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