Breakdown of BBC pundits Premier League winners and top four predictions

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola poses after the press conference

BBC pundits, presenters and commentators have predicted where the think who will finish top in May and finish in the top four - but who will get the closest?

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The Premier League kicks off on Saturday with defending champions Leicester City opening the new season at newly-promoted Hull City at the KC Stadium. 

Ahead of that opener, it's time to analyse how BBC pundits and commentators viewed the top end of the table ending up come the end of the campaign.

More than half of the BBC contingent predicted that Manchester City will be the Premier League winners.

12 chose Jose Mourinho's Manchester United, while three opted for Chelsea, and Chris Waddle backed his former club Tottenham Hotspur. 

The overall predicted ranking, using all 33 predictions through a point system saw Manchester City finish top, United second, Chelsea third, and Arsenal fourth, while champions Leicester City averaged a seventh-placed finish.

Despite finishing third and an incredible campaign last term Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham averaged a fifth-placed finish in front of Liverpool who are set for sixth, if you go by the BBC

Here is a pick of some of the predictions made.

Manchester City looking too strong?

Jermaine Jenas: "When I look at everyone's squad and the transfer business that has been done, I cannot see City not winning it. People might say John Stones is not a sure bet defensively, but he is a brilliant player and he is going to thrive under Guardiola - that signing clinched it for me - I expect them to be champions."

The money which has been pumped in for back new manager Pep Guardiola is a statement of intent from the owners that they mean business. His philosophy will take time but the decorated manager will look for a good start to life in England. One issue is that Pep's own City may only began to come to fruition in the new year after he has been able to embed his ideas.

However, summer signings of Nolito, John Stones and Leroy Sane have added freshness and with the pedigree of the Spaniard, can you really look past them?

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Can Mourinho be the man to bring the good times back?

He had it tough last term with Chelsea but it seems as though Mourinho has got some of his swagger back and Manchester United will need that if they want trophies back at Old Trafford. 

Big signings of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba certainly add some quality and more importantly a fear factor. No doubt he will find a solid base to work from at the back to allow his front players to flourish. Will Mourinho's know-how be the difference?

New Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho poses ahead of the press conference

Can Conte spring a surprise in his debut season?

Trevor Sinclair: "From what I have seen of Italy under Conte they were very strong mentally and if he can give his Chelsea players the same they would be my choice. Also, Kante is an excellent signing and gives them what they missed in midfield last season."

Can Chelsea get any worse than last year? With Antonio Conte at the helm it's highly doubtful; his Italian side were a delight to watch in France this summer and his no-nonsense attitude will be a key element in reigniting the club from their horror show last season. 

With no Champions League football to contend with, Conte has a whole week to prepare his squad, and let's not forget the signing of N'Golo Kante who will be a key addition to the squad in the midfield where they lacked so much energy.

Chelsea's manager Antonio Conte gestures against Liverpool

It's set to be a cracker, the race for the title and the race for top four will be as interesting as ever but who will come out on top?

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