West Ham boss Slaven Bilic picks Premier League title winners

Manchester City, Arsenal and Leicester City make up the Premier League top three.

West Ham United boss Slaven Bilic has backed Manchester City ahead of Arsenal and Leicester City to win the Premier League title this season, the London Evening Standard reports.

Writing in his weekly column for the LES, Bilic analysed West Ham’s upcoming opponents City, and claimed that they will have just enough to pip Arsenal and Leicester to the title.

“Basically it appears now that it’s a three-way race between our opponents tomorrow, plus Arsenal and Leicester City. Right now, I would go for City to win the title. There are some doubts, though.” he wrote.

“Away from home they have not always been that impressive. They win some of those games with something to spare but in between there are draws, even defeats.

“The same goes for Arsenal. Just when you think they will open up a gap at the top, they also draw or lose a game. To be fair, the most consistent team is Leicester.”

After winning five straight games without conceding a goal at the beginning of the campaign, West Ham ended City’s sublime start with a shock 2-1 victory at the Etihad Stadium.

Manuel Pellegrini’s men have stumbled since then, with the absence of Vincent Kompany, Sergio Aguero and David Silva at various stages seriously hampering their ability to win games.

During City's struggles, Arsenal have profited with a run of good results, although they haven’t managed to shake off the attentions of Leicester, who continue to surprise.

The Premier League title race is as wide open as it has ever been during the modern era, and one could argue that the Gunners and even Tottenham Hotspur may not get a better chance.

The Hammers aren’t too far behind in sixth spot, but a place in the top four is more realistic for Bilic’s side whereas City with the money they’ve spent will see it as a great failure if they don’t win the title.

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