Chelsea's title still to lose? Soccer Saturday pundits pick their Premier League champions
Last Updated: 12/01/17 12:27pm
The Premier League action returns with some heavyweight clashes this weekend, but has Chelsea's slip-up against Tottenham made the Soccer Saturday pundits reassess their title predictions?
Spurs blew the title race wide open again by halting Chelsea's 13-match winning streak with a 2-0 victory last time out and, with 20 games gone, just 10 points separate the top six.
Antonio Conte's men remain Sky Bet's favourites despite the setback - despite drifting from 4/7 to 8/11 - but the top six are all 16/1 or shorter.
Manchester United head into a Super Sunday clash with Liverpool on the back of a nine-game winning run while City - also live on Sky Sports as Manchester takes on Merseyside - face Everton and Chelsea travel to Leicester.
Are our pundits going with the bookies? Read on for their title tips as the race hots up...
Phil Thompson - Chelsea
At this moment in time it is still difficult to look past Chelsea. My tip was Manchester City but they still look too fragile at the back.
You look at Chelsea's squad and they're worthy favourites, although the Spurs result certainly gave everyone around them in the table a lift. It was the first round of fixtures in a while when we had some slip-ups.
I certainly fancy Liverpool to finish in the top four and at this moment I'd put them second in a very close fight for the title.
Matt Le Tissier - Chelsea
I have to say I backed Chelsea at the start of the season and I can't change my mind now. They've got the lead and they've got no European football to worry about.
It must be very frustrating for the chasing sides when you consider Manchester United have won six successive league matches and not climbed any positions.
All six are providing capable title challenges with very little between them so you've got to see the side in top spot holding a big advantage.
Charlie Nicholas - Manchester City
My tip at the start was Manchester City and I think their business in January will be very important.
I think Pep Guardiola will definitely hit the market and if he does improve his defence then I'm going to stick with them.
My only concern is that he is as stubborn as me in my prediction and he clearly doesn't see the problem with Claudio Bravo, who is struggling. He also needs to bring some full-backs in and a top central defender.
Paul Merson - Chelsea
I still think Chelsea will win the league. I went for them at the start of the season and they've got the massive advantage of only playing once a week.
Liverpool are the only other side who have got that, although they're still in the EFL Cup, and it makes a huge difference.
The way they play in that system it is difficult to do twice a week, as we saw at Tottenham, and not having those games allows them to execute it.
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