BBC pundit duo explain their negative predictions about Tottenham

Chris Sutton - Celtic dejected

Chris Sutton and John Hartson explain why Tottenham Hotspur will not finish in the top four of the Premier League this season.

Chris Sutton - Glasgow CelticChris Sutton

Former Chelsea and Celtic striker Chris Sutton has predicted on BBC Sport that Tottenham Hotspur will not finish in the top four of the Premier League this season.

Sutton has backed Manchester City to win the league title during the 2016-17 campaign.

The Englishman believes that Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal will end up second, third and fourth respectively in the standings.

The former Norwich City and Blackburn Rovers striker has explained why he does not think that Tottenham will finish in the Champions League places this season.

John HartsonJohn Hartson

“They were a breath of fresh air last season but it is a big ask for them to repeat their success, mainly because of what the other top sides have done,” Sutton told BBC Sport.

“I cannot see them finishing above City, United and Chelsea again, but I still put them in the top six - I have room for them there.”

Former Arsenal striker John Hartson has also predicted on BBC Sport that Spurs will not end up in the top four.

The former Wales international has backed City to clinch the title, and Arsenal, United and Liverpool to finish second, third and fourth respectively in the table.

John Hartson - Celtic celebratesJohn Hartson

Explaining his prediction regarding Tottenham, Hartson told BBC Sport: “I might be doing them an injustice to put them fifth but there will be a lot more pressure on them this season and, along with having to cope with the Champions League, that will not help.

“You know what fans are like - they get a bit of success and expectancy level goes through the roof. It is the same with West Ham, who finished seventh last season - it will be very hard for them to repeat that, let alone improve on it.”

Tottenham will kick off their 2016-17 Premier League campaign with a game against Everton away from home at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon.

The North London outfit will fancy picking up all three points from the match against the Toffees.

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