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Sky Sports' pundits on the Premier League: Man Utd and Man City tipped to win league

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Manchester United to win the league? Defending champions Leicester City to finish mid-table? Our Sky Sports' pundits have given us their Premier League predictions...

We asked Gary Neville, Jamie Carragher, Thierry Henry, Graeme Souness and Jamie Redknapp to provide their tips ahead of the upcoming campaign, which kicks off on Saturday afternoon when Leicester travel to Hull City, live on Sky Sports.

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Who will win the league? Which teams will make the top four? Can Harry Kane defend his Golden Boot? And where will Leicester finish? Here's what the Sky Sports' panel had to say...

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Who would be your early tip to win the Premier League?


They have a manager and two new players with personality and stature. With Jose Mourinho, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba - and a couple of players who were already there - there's an arrogance back in the club and the city.

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Gary Neville believes Paul Pogba has the necessary personality to make Manchester United successful again

There are players wearing that shirt who will stick their chests out - and that's what Manchester United are all about.


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Over the last couple of years I've argued they have the best squad, but they haven't produced, really, and I think the hunger will come back under Pep Guardiola.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola gestures during the pre-game training ahead of the 2016 International Champions Cup match v United
Image: Pep Guardiola (centre) is preparing to lead Man City in his first Premier League campaign

Of course, they need more signings, but they have some special players there already in David Silva, Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne. Those three can be right up there with any in the league.

HENRY: Man City

My hope is always Arsenal. That's a massive hope at the moment, but I think it will be between City and United. I have to go for someone so I will say City.

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Guardiola has succeeded straight away wherever he has gone and I know how he's going to ask those guys to play. If they understand what he wants they are going to be successful.


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Image: Jamie Redknapp believes Vincent Kompany's fitness is key to City's title hopes
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I'll go for them, but they've got to keep Vincent Kompany and Sergio Aguero fit. They were massive underachievers last year, lacking the spirit you need to win the title, but I think they'll win it this season.


I think it will be one of the Manchester teams. If Ibrahimovic can fire on all cylinders - and I think there is a good year left in him - he will inspire those around him.

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He's someone who I enjoy. I enjoy his arrogance because he's someone who can back it up. I think he could be the difference.

Who will make up the rest of the top four?

NEVILLE: 1. Man Utd 2. Arsenal 3. Man City 4. Liverpool

I will say Man Utd for the title with Arsenal in second, Manchester City in third and Liverpool fourth.

MAINZ, GERMANY - AUGUST 07: Head coach Juergen Klopp of Liverpool during the friendly match between 1. FSV Mainz 05 and Liverpool FC at Opel Arena on Augus
Image: Neville believes Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool could finish fourth in the table

But if anybody is reading this and thinks I know what I'm talking about, then I need to make it clear that I really don't have a clue!

CARRAGHER: 1. Man City 2. Chelsea 3. Man Utd 4. Liverpool

With no European football, I think Chelsea will do well because they'll have more time together on the training pitch. Only 12 months ago they were champions and we shouldn't forget that, while Antonio Conte is a top manager.

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I think Liverpool will also benefit from not having European football.

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HENRY: 1. Man City 2. Man Utd. 3. Chelsea 4. Arsenal

This is very hard to call. Chelsea don't have any European competition to play, so that will be an advantage for them, but it might take them a little time to gel and adapt to what Conte wants. It's the same for Mourinho at Man Utd. It's the same at City with Guardiola too - so maybe there is a window for Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham - who have all had stability for longer - to take advantage if they don't gel straight away.

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Will they get that advantage? Who knows? Will the other three teams gel straight away? Who knows?

REDKNAPP:  1. Man City 2. Man Utd 3. Tottenham 4. Liverpool

I have gone with those four and it means Arsenal and Chelsea miss out. There are seven contenders if you throw Leicester in it, who did an amazing job last year.

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This is going to be a difficult year to win the title.

SOUNESS: 1. Man Utd 2. Man City. 3. Tottenham 4. Arsenal

It's very, very hard to call right now. Obviously it's our job to make forecasts, but I see it being between the two Manchester teams next year.

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Image: Tottenham could repeat their third-place finish again this season, says Graeme Souness

For Guardiola, this is a different league and the biggest job he has taken on.

None of you have mentioned the champions. Where will Leicester finish?

NEVILLE: Between seventh and 10th

I think Leicester will have a good season, but one less good than last year. When you play in the Champions League the demands on the club are enormous and there will be a suffering on their league position, I'm pretty certain of that. This may sound ridiculous, but if they get in the top four again this season it will almost be as good an achievement as winning the league last season.

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Image: Claudio Ranieri (left) saw his Leicester side defeated by Man Utd in the Community Shield

The last time we had an event like this - and it wasn't as big a surprise - was Blackburn in 1995 and the year after when they went into the Champions League they suffered and finished seventh. I think there will be an inevitable drop.

CARRAGHER: Mid-table

If they finish in the top eight I think they'll have had a great season. It wasn't that it was a freak or a fluke last season because they thoroughly deserved to win the title - but they have extra games in Europe now, so they can't play the same team every week.

Jamie Vardy rounds David De Gea to level the scores in the Community Shield game at Wembley
Image: Jamie Vardy (right) was in contention for the Golden Boot last season

They will have more injuries and a bigger squad, which means they'll need to play those players and some of the relationships built up last year may be affected. They've lost N'Golo Kante and may lose more so it will be a lot more difficult.

HENRY: Mid-table

It will be very difficult to repeat what they did last year. It is possible, because they proved it last season, but I think the Champions League might hurt them a little bit because of the depth of the squad. Anything is possible, but I still think everything will go back to "normal". I think they will finish mid-table - which is still great!


I feel they deserve a year's grace. I think they'll finish top six but they might struggle to get any higher because of the quality of the teams and managers coming in.

Ahmed Musa of Leicester City FC celebrates after scoring the first of his two goals in a 4-2 pre-season defeat to Barcelona in Stockholm.
Image: Ahmed Musa has bolstered Leicester's attack

The Champions League will impact on them, too.

SOUNESS: Somewhere between fourth and eighth.

They looked fabulous in the Community Shield but it will be very hard to replicate the amount of effort they put in week-in, week-out this year, because they're in the Champions League.

They will get excited about Champions League football and some of the focus will go there. I think last year they were very lucky with injuries and I don't think that will happen again.

Who's your tip for top scorer?

NEVILLE: Sergio Aguero

Manchester City's David Silva and Sergio Aguero celebrating the goal v Borussia Dortmund
Image: David Silva (left) and Sergio Aguero (right) will be key to Man City's title hopes this season

I'll say Kane or Sergio Aguero and I'll pick Aguero because he's the best goalscorer in the league and City, as a club, will probably score more goals. Potentially Diego Costa could do it if he stays at Chelsea.

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Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates as he scores against Bournemouth
Image: Tottenham forward Harry Kane won the Golden Boot last season

In the last couple of years it's been between Kane and Aguero because they always play. Aguero is as good as anyone, but he has too many injury problems. I will go for Kane, as long as he's not taking corners, eh Gary?

HENRY: Sergio Aguero

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero (R) controls the ball during the 2016 International Champions Cup football match between Manchester City and Borussia Dortm
Image: Aguero is likely to lead Man City's attack under Guardiola

I think it will be Aguero again if he is injury free. Last year he missed a lot of games, but if everything goes to plan it will be a battle between him and Zlatan, who will always get goals.

REDKNAPP: Harry Kane

I've gone with Harry Kane at 7/1. I lost my money on Aguero last year but I've learnt my lesson. It's a difficult one because there's always a Jamie Vardy or someone who comes through, but I think it's between Aguero and Kane.

SOUNESS: Sergio Aguero

Galatasaray trips up Marcus Rashford of Manchester United to give away a penalty.
Image: Souness believes Marcus Rashford (centre) can continue to shine for Man Utd

It's hard to look beyond Aguero. I think Vardy will be up there again. I can't look beyond those at this time, although I can see Marcus Rashford forcing his way into the United team. He gets goals.

Finally, which player are you most excited to watch in the Premier League next season?

NEVILLE: Zlatan Ibrahimovic

The player I'm most excited to watch is Ibrahimovic. In the last three or four years, Man Utd have lacked stature on the pitch, they have lacked arrogance and they have lacked the players who have the balls to be real Manchester United stars.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates scoring Manchester United's second goal against Leicester in the Community Shield
Image: Zlatan Ibrahimovic made a stunning start to his United career with the winner in the Community Shield

In signing Ibrahimovic and Pogba they have players of stature and arrogance (in a good way) and historically, United have always needed players with big personalities.

CARRAGHER: Kevin De Bruyne

I think he was absolutely fantastic last season until he had a bad injury in the middle of the campaign.

Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City in action during the match against Bournemouth
Image: Kevin De Bruyne struggled with injury at times last season, but featured for Belgium at Euro 2016

He looked like a real star at times and if he'd stayed fit then, City might have given Leicester a good run for their money in the title race. I'm a massive fan.

HENRY: Sadio Mane

There's the usual suspects like Zlatan and Pogba - but the outsider for me who I think will have a good season is Sadio Mane at Liverpool.

Liverpool's Sadio Mane celebrates
Image: Sadio Mane could make his Liverpool Premier League debut against Arsenal on Super Sunday

I want to see how he is going to do and with the way Liverpool play I think he could have a very good season and be a crowd favourite.

REDKNAPP: Henrikh Mkhitaryan

I like him, I think he's a very talented number 10. Obviously you've got the likes of Pogba and Leroy Sane but I like watching a player who can thread a ball through the eye of a needle.

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Image: Henrikh Mkhitaryan (centre) has joined Man Utd from Borussia Dortmund

That's why I can't wait to see him show those qualities. The surprise player I think will be Burnley's Andre Gray. He's another one to watch.

SOUNESS: Zlatan Ibrahimovic

I think Manchester United's season, to a great extent, will revolve around what kind of season Ibrahimovic has. He'll be one to watch.

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Image: Ibrahimovic could make his Premier League debut for Man Utd against Bournemouth, live on Super Sunday

I think Dele Alli and Kane at Tottenham, too. The striker Leicester have bought, Ahmed Musa. This is on the strength of watching him for 45 minutes so I might be way out there. It's a big year for De Bruyne as well, I like him.

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