Premier League predictions: Liverpool 2nd, Arsenal 4th, Man Utd 7th?

We are just three games into the Premier League season and fans across the country are already debating who will claim top spot this season.

Arsenal are the only team with a 100% record after three matches, but with a relatively easy fixture list to start with, their title hopes are still considered quite remote.

That’s according to the latest data from FiveThirtyEight which indicates reigning champions Manchester City have a 57 per cent chance of retaining their crown this season.

The Gunners are currently expected to finish fourth in the table, with Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur expected to finish ahead of them.

However, the Reds are already on their feet having picked up just two points from their first three EPL matches.

Although it is too early to write off Jurgen Klopp’s side and their tactical setup means they are still a dangerous side to play against, they will need to improve considerably over the next few weeks if they are to mount a serious challenge for the title.

Spurs could stay in the game after picking up seven points in their three outings to date.

Manager Antonio Conte has a league championship winning record and he will relish his chances of knocking City off their perch.

Data from FiveThirtyEight produces surprising results across the rest of the top 10, especially when it comes to Manchester United.

They were tipped to finish seventh after winning just once this season. United were beaten by Brighton & Hove Albion and Brentford but bounced back impressively to beat Liverpool.

With the squad likely to be strengthened before the summer transfer window closes, finishing in the top four is not beyond them.

Chelsea and Brighton are currently expected to finish ahead of United, with Crystal Palace, Newcastle United and Aston Villa completing the top 10.

However, with Steven Gerrard looking increasingly over the top as Premier League manager, Villa could be dragged into the relegation fight.

The battle to avoid finishing in the bottom three of the Premier League table this season could feature other big names.

Newly promoted Bournemouth and Nottingham Forest are set to drop straight back down, but the latter are a good bet to stay put after making several impressive signings.

Everton are currently rated as having a 33 per cent chance of going down and may struggle to keep their heads above water under Frank Lampard.

Leicester City could be the surprise to be in the relegation duel after failing to improve their squad this summer.

That could change if they can do business over the next few days and avoid losing one of their best players.

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