Premier League Top Four Predictions

The 2022-23 Premier League season has been off to a surprising start, promising plenty of fireworks until the end of the campaign.

It's been seven years since Arsenal last claimed a top-four finish, but Mikel Arteta's men have set their sights on the ultimate goal this season.

After narrowly missing out on Champions League promotion last term, the Gunners have hit the ground running since the turn of 2022-23 and are currently setting the pace in England's top flight.

Having racked up an eye-catching 11 wins from the opening 13 league matches (D1, L1), Arsenal sit two points clear of back-to-back champions Manchester City.

While it's yet to be seen whether the Londoners can maintain this form week in, week out throughout the season, it's hard to imagine them not securing a top-four finish for the first time since 2015-16.

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Inspired by marquee signing Erling Haaland, Pep Guardiola's lads have notched up a league-high 37 goals thus far and are widely expected to retain the crown come May 2023.

Since Arsenal and Man City seem likely to go toe-to-toe in the title race, the two remaining Champions League spots are up for grabs, with four sides boasting legitimate chances in a keenly-contested run-in.

Antonio Conte orchestrated Tottenham Hotspur's stellar comeback in the second half of last season to pip the Gunners to a coveted fourth place right at the death.

Spurs seem eager to do one better this term and climb up the ladder in order to avoid taking their Champions League qualification battle to the final weekend, as was the case in 2021-22.

They are currently fourth in the standings, 8 points adrift of Arsenal, and still have outside chances of fighting their way into the title race. They are also the betting favorites with Betway and other bookmakers to finish in the top four ahead of lower-placed rivals.

Premier League surprise package Newcastle United have seized control of the fourth place following an inspiring 14-game start (W7, D6, L1), but they have a point to prove.

You'd have to go back to 2002-03 for the last time the Magpies eked out a top-four finish, with Eddie Howe's side finishing 10th or worse since recovering top-flight status in 2017.

Newcastle's hopes of reaching this historic feat face a genuine threat from Erik ten Hag's Manchester United, currently languishing four points behind, albeit with a game in hand.

After a nightmarish start to his managerial stint at Old Trafford, ten Hag has turned United into a force to be reckoned with and is adamant about bettering the team's underwhelming sixth-place finish last term despite the weekend performance at Villa Park.

Then, of course, there's Chelsea, who, with two consecutive defeats to Brighton and Arsenal, are now wondering where their season will head following the appointment of Graham Potter.

Like Man Utd, the Blues have a game in hand on Newcastle, and though they have to play catch-up on the back of a poor league start under Thomas Tuchel, there's still plenty to look forward to in west London.

Not so much on Merseyside, though, as last season's runners-up (and the English team with most trophies) Liverpool have experienced their worst Premier League start under Jurgen Klopp.

The Reds have racked up a meagre five victories in their opening 13 league outings (D4, L4) and are already seven points off the top-four pace. Betway had Liverpool as the favorites to challenge City for the title at the start of the season but now considers them unlikely to reach the top three.

Klopp's men have lost four Premier League games this season, already twice as many defeats as they had suffered in the entire 2021-22 campaign, summing up the German's troublesome situation.

It's difficult to back Mohamed Salah and his teammates to get back into contention for the top-four spots, especially given their massive consistency issues.

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