Jermaine Defoe has given his top-four Premier League prediction, snubbing early leaders Arsenal and in-form Manchester United.
The 2022/23 Premier League season is taking shape with Arsenal still top of the table on 15 points despite a 3-1 defeat at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Defending champions Manchester City are currently second after losing four points from a possible 18, while Tottenham are unbeaten in third place.
Brighton have had an impressive start to the campaign, finishing in the top four after six games, while Manchester United have won four straight games and moved up to fifth after a dismal start.
Chelsea and Liverpool are sixth and seventh in Europe respectively, although both clubs need to improve if they want to challenge for the title.
Asked about his early take on the Top 4, former England striker Defoe told Football Daily: “I’m not going to say who’s going to win, who’s going to be second and so on.
“But for me the top four teams in the Premier League this year when I look at squads are Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea.”
Tottenham are one of two sides who have not suffered defeat in the Premier League this season. Antonio Conte’s side picked up where they left off last season as they climbed the table to finish fourth and edge north London rivals Arsenal to a Champions League spot.
Spurs have been busy during this summer’s transfer window, bringing Richarlison, Yves Bissouma, Cristian Romero, Destiny Udogie, Djed Spence, Ivan Perisic and Fraser Forster to north London.
On his former club’s encouraging start to the season, Defoe added: “It’s so early, they have to take every game as it comes.
“You have to believe that you will win every game and then we will see what happens. Of course there is optimism, the fans are excited about the signings and the coach.”
Next weekend, Arsenal will look to remain at the top of the Premier League and recover from defeat by Manchester United when Everton visit the Emirates.
Elsewhere, reigning champions Man City host Tottenham, Chelsea meet west London rivals Fulham and Liverpool meet Wolves.
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