Paul Merson makes Premier League prediction: TWO major clubs to miss Champions League spot

Paul Merson makes Premier League prediction: TWO major clubs to miss Champions League spot

The Premier League has never been more competitive, with six sides battling it out for the title.

And with just four spots available to qualify for the Champions League, it means two top sides will always miss out.

Last season, Chelsea and Arsenal fell victim to the Premier League standings.

As a result, both London clubs axed their managers with Antonio Conte and Arsene Wenger walking.

This year, the Gunners are still battling for a place in the top four – while Manchester United are just below them.

Jose Mourinho has already paid for it with his job while Unai Emery has been tasked with rebuilding the Emirates outfit.

And Sky Sports pundit Merson reckons that is the way it will remain.

Merson told Sky Sports: “Arsenal will get beaten by a team in the bottom half next week probably, they were getting beaten by West Ham last week and they were very poor.

“They won’t have the consistency and I think Manchester United will get found out – they can’t keep on being that lucky, and I say lucky but they’re poor at the back.

“Tottenham’s games they’ve got without Kane are winnable, so I don’t see a problem with them, the top two will look after themselves and I think Chelsea will get it. Man for man they’re a lot better than Arsenal I think. Defensively, they’ll be more reliable before the end of the season.

“United have got a couple of nice games coming up, they’ve had some nice games, but I’m a great believer that what follows easy games is difficult games. What about when PSG get hold of them?

“It would’ve done Arsenal a favour to get beat the other day, I think, and then they could have put all their eggs into the Europa League.

“Now they’ve got to go for the league too but I just don’t think they’re good enough. They’re hot and cold, you’ve got to be consistent.

“One minute they’re getting well-beaten by West Ham, but then they’re well-beating Chelsea. The manager’s got to be scratching his head.

“This is Arsenal, they need to be playing Champions League football, not Thursday night. I think Chelsea will edge it, but only just. It’s more the three-point headstart if I’m being honest.”