Premier League predictions 2020-21: BBC Sport pundits pick their top four

Liverpool ended a 30-year wait to be champions last season but can they successfully defend their Premier League crown?

That is the next target for Reds boss Jurgen Klopp, whose side finished 18 points clear of nearest rivals Manchester City last time out. So who will challenge them in 2020-21?

How will City respond after losing their title? Can big-spending Chelsea narrow the gap? Will Manchester United sustain a serious title bid for the first time since they last finished top in 2013? And can Arsenal, Tottenham or anyone else break into the Champions League places?

Before a ball is kicked in the new campaign, we asked 25 BBC TV and radio pundits to pick their top four with explanations for their selections.

Predictor1st2nd3rd4th
Chris WaddleMan UtdMan CityLiverpoolChelsea
Alan ShearerMan CityLiverpoolChelseaMan Utd
Alex ScottMan CityLiverpoolChelseaMan Utd
Pat NevinMan CityLiverpoolChelseaMan Utd
Michael BrownMan CityLiverpoolChelseaMan Utd
Micah RichardsMan CityLiverpoolMan UtdChelsea
Rachel Brown-FinnisMan CityLiverpoolMan UtdChelsea
Chris SuttonMan CityLiverpoolMan UtdChelsea
Lindsay JohnsonMan CityLiverpoolMan UtdChelsea
Rob GreenMan CityChelseaLiverpoolMan Utd
Ruud GullitMan CityChelseaLiverpoolMan Utd
Mark SchwarzerMan CityChelseaLiverpoolMan Utd
Jermaine JenasLiverpoolMan CityChelseaMan Utd
Karen CarneyLiverpoolMan CityChelseaMan Utd
Danny MurphyLiverpoolMan CityChelseaMan Utd
Martin KeownLiverpoolMan CityChelseaMan Utd
Sue SmithLiverpoolMan CityChelseaMan Utd
Stephen WarnockLiverpoolMan CityChelseaMan Utd
Leon OsmanLiverpoolMan CityChelseaMan Utd
Matthew UpsonLiverpoolMan CityChelseaMan Utd
Clinton MorrisonLiverpoolMan CityChelseaMan Utd
Mark LawrensonLiverpoolMan CityMan UtdChelsea
Dion DublinLiverpoolMan CityMan UtdChelsea
Joleon LescottLiverpoolMan CityArsenalMan Utd
Ian WrightLiverpoolMan CityChelseaArsenal

Five teams feature in the forecasted top fours, but only Manchester City and Liverpool feature in all 25. Tottenham, who 21 out of 24 pundits picked to finish third last season, do not make anyone’s pick anywhere this time.

In terms of who will win it, Liverpool are favourites, with 13 votes. Manchester City get 11, and Manchester United one. The overall predicted ranking gives a different outcome, however.

Overall predicted ranking, using all 25 BBC predictions
1. Man City2. Liverpool3. Chelsea4. Man Utd5. Arsenal
86 pts84 pts44 pts33 pts3 pts

(using system of 4 pts for a 1st place, 3 pts for 2nd, 2 pts for 3rd and 1 pt for 4th)

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