Phil Neville makes surprise call in his Premier League top four prediction

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Former Manchester United defender Phil Neville believes Arsenal will drop out of the top four.

Football pundit Phil Neville is backing Chelsea to win the league with Manchester United, Manchester City and lastly Liverpool pipping Arsenal to fourth spot, the Daily Mail report.

The former United ace has been conducting an exclusive Q&A session when quizzed by supporters on his prediction for this season’s top four.

Regarding the title, the Blues hold a commanding lead over Manuel Pellegrini’s City side and with just eight games remaining attentions have instead turned to the battle for the top four.

It’s looking increasingly like three from City, Arsenal, United and Liverpool, with the latter five points behind in fifth and facing a rampant Gunners side who boast an eight-game winning home streak this weekend.

However, despite Arsene Wenger’s side boasting the best points-per-match ratio in 2015, Neville is instead backing the North-West trio to join Mourinho’s men in next season’s Champions League.

“Chelsea are going to win the league, I think they will win it with probably three or four games spare. I’m going for an outside bet of Manchester United finishing second, and then I’m going for Man City and Liverpool,” he stated.

Will Arsenal finish outside the top four?

On current form, there is more chance of the Gunners toppling Chelsea for the Premier League title than dropping out of the top four but that can all change this weekend.

With just eight games and 24 points remaining, owing to their vastly superior goal difference, Arsene Wenger’s men only need 18 points to be sure of Champions League football next season.

The Reds are set to visit the Emirates this weekend, a game which could have huge implications come the end of the current campaign.

Yet, regardless of this weekend’s fixture, with three of the Gunners’ four last remaining fixtures of the season at home to relatively weaker opposition, surely only a catastrophic disaster could prevent them from securing their 19th consecutive season in Europe’s elite competition.

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