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Football | Wednesday, August 2, 2023 12:48 PM (Revised at: Wednesday, August 2, 2023 12:57 PM)

Mikael Silvestre Predicts Arsenal To Win The League And Man Utd To Finish Ahead Of Man City

Mikael Silvestre Predicts Arsenal To Win The League And Man Utd To Finish Ahead Of Man City
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The 2023-24 Premier League season returns on August 11 with Manchester City starting their title defence against newly promoted Burnley.

2022-23 runners up Arsenal begin their campaign the next day, hosting Nottingham Forest and all eyes will be on them after a summer spending spree that has resulted in the arrivals of Declan Rice, Kai Havertz and Jurrien Timber.

We got a few words from the four-time Premier League winner with Manchester United, Mikael Silvestre who gave a bold prediction for the top four and also explained why the minimum expectation for Arsenal is to fight for the title.

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Arsenal To Win The League And Man Utd To Finish Above Man City

The former French international gave a bold prediction for the top four standings, tipping his former side Arsenal to win the league and Manchester United to finish second.

Despite Pep Guardiola’s men winning the treble last season, Silvestre favours the Red Devils to finish ahead of them with Liverpool rounding up the last Champions League spot.

“Arsenal will finish first. Second, Manchester United.”

“Third is Manchester City and fourth will be Liverpool.”

For those curious, the bookies disagree with Mikael here. A top 3 exact order bet on SkyBet of Arsenal 1st, Manchester United 2nd and Manchester City 3rd is available at 51.00 odds. Add in Liverpool in 4th place for a top 4 exact order pick and the odds go up to 151.00.

Arsenal Will Go All Out For The Title

Silvestre explained his reasoning for backing the Gunners as he believes they showed consistency last season by being on top for such a long time before ultimately relinquishing the lead to City.

The former Internazionale defender added that Arsenal surprised everyone, including themselves, by challenging for the title last season but this time out, that’s the minimum expectation from them.

“The fact that Arsenal were challenging last season was a surprise to everyone and even to themselves.”

“Now that they’ve done that with consistency, being in the first spot for so long, they clearly are title challengers this season.”

“They’ll go for it and they should.”

We discussed Arsenal’s chances of lifting the title in our Premier League winner odds picks earlier this week and agreed with Mikael that the Gunners have a great chance of staying course this year.


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