​The first international break is too early in the season to draw any meaningful conclusions about the new Premier League campaign, but the second? Into the third month of competition and with European football starting to weigh on the minds of the elite? Now you're talking.

We've assembled some of 90min's finest minds to predict how the last 30 games of the league season are going to go and how things are going to shake out. The collated '90min' table is down at the bottom, but here's how our editors reached that point – and how they've justified it. 

PositionChris DeeleyScott Saunders
2Man CityMan City
6Man UtdTottenham
7LeicesterMan Utd
8West HamWest Ham
12Crystal PalaceCrystal Palace
13EvertonAston Villa
14Aston VillaBurnley
18WatfordSheffield United
19Sheffield UnitedBrighton

​Chris Deeley​Liverpool Schmiverpool – the title race is over, let's leave other people to talk about that. ​Spurs? Yeah, they've been disappointing and their mortal lock on a top four finish is in real trouble. 

But honestly? What the hell is happening at Watford? Didn't lose any good players, were really good for most of last season, seemed to have bought well...and are the last winless team. They've let themselves down, they've let Hertfordshire down and most of all, they've let me down.

Roberto Pereyra

Scott Saunders: The title is already Liverpool's to lose. They've got an eight point lead and a defence that isn't completely broken, while ​Manchester City's aura of invincibility has gone. We may only be eight games in, but City's weaknesses have been exposed - and they'll probably continue to be exploited.

Chelsea and ​Arsenal seem like they could have enough for top four - Leicester aren't bad either - but I still can't willingly admit Man Utd will finish below West Ham. It'll be a difficult season all-round for United and Tottenham, though. Norwich have won only two games so far, and their naivety will send them down. With Brighton and Sheffield United, probably.

PositionAndrew HeadspeathJack Gallagher
1 Man CityLiverpool
2 LiverpoolMan City
3 ArsenalChelsea
4 ChelseaArsenal
5 LeicesterLeicester
6 TottenhamTottenham
7 Man UtdWest Ham
8 West HamMan Utd
9 WolvesWolves
10 BournemouthBurnley
11 Crystal PalaceEverton
12 BurnleyCrystal Palace
13 EvertonBrighton
14 Aston VillaBournemouth
15 SouthamptonAston Villa
16 Sheffield UnitedSouthampton
17 BrightonSheffield United
18 WatfordWatford
19 NewcastleNewcastle
20 NorwichNorwich

​Andrew HeadspeathDespite Liverpool's perfect start, I'm still banking on Man City's deeper squad to stick the landing come May, especially if another centre-back arrives in January.

Man Utd, on the other hand, are officially at sub-Moyes levels and the break-up of the big six (at least for one season) may be on – and down the bottom, Watford and Newcastle look like relegation fodder, while Norwich as a team are admirable but not very good.


Jack GallagherLiverpool are the best team in the Premier League: fact.

Manchester City's defence is terrible but they're still infinitely better than everyone bar Liverpool: fact.

Tottenham Hotspur are falling apart: fact.

Manchester United look like a mid-table team: fact. 

Sheffield United are solid enough to survive: fact.

Teemu Pukki is great but Norwich City were beat 6000-0 by Aston Villa so they're the worst team in the league: fact.

And the rest of the table basically wrote itself.

PositionToby CudworthJude Summerfield
1Liverpool Liverpool
2Man City Man City
3Arsenal Tottenham
4Leicester Chelsea
5Chelsea Leicester
6Tottenham Arsenal
7West Ham Man Utd
8Man Utd West Ham
9Bournemouth Wolves
10Crystal Palace Crystal Palace
11Wolves Burnley
12Everton Bournemouth
13Burnley Everton
14Aston Villa Southampton
15Southampton Watford
16Brighton Aston Villa
17Newcastle Brighton
18Sheffield United Norwich
19Norwich Newcastle
20Watford Sheffield United

​Toby Cudworth: Well, well, well. I'll be honest, I didn't envisage the Premier League season starting in the manner it has - and I definitely didn't see Liverpool having the title all-but wrapped up from Man City after just eight games of the season. But that's where we find ourselves, so at least that's one less thing to worry about, I suppose.

Arsenal, somehow, look like the best of the rest, though Chelsea have started to come into their own after an indifferent start to life under Frank Lampard. Maintaining it will be a different kettle of fish, and I really, really like the look of Leicester - providing they can keep their players fit and healthy. So I'm backing them to sneak cheeky Champions League qualification, as Man Utd and Tottenham's worlds continue to fall apart.

Wilfred Ndidi,Jamie Vardy,Youri Tielemans

At the other end, Watford have been very, very bad and Norwich look hellbent on playing an entertaining brand of attacking football, no matter the cost. Sheffield United have been surprisingly good, but I feel things are going a little too well right now. So they're my three to go down based on what I've seen so far, though Southampton, Brighton and Newcastle - as well as an inconsistent Aston Villa - will push them close.

​Jude SummerfieldThe title race isn’t over, but let’s be real: Liverpool are winning it. Leicester may burn out in the race for Champions League, and while there’s currently no logical explanation for backing Tottenham to finish third, I’m picking them on blind faith. 

Norwich’s approach looks like it needs some tinkering soon or they’ll be facing the drop, while the Longstaffs alone won’t be enough to keep Newcastle up, that funny win over Manchester United aside.

PositionKrishan DavisSean Walsh
2Man CityMan City
7Man UtdMan Utd
8West HamWest Ham
12BournemouthCrystal Palace
14Crystal PalaceBrighton
15SouthamptonSheffield United
16Aston VillaWatford
18BrightonAston Villa
20Sheffield UnitedNewcastle

​Krishan Davis: If I were to describe the Premier League so far this season in one word, it would probably have to be 'unbalanced'. While the top two are setting incredible standards for relentless winning and mesmerisingly geometric football, the rest of the division has been underwhelming to say the least, making it very difficult to predict beyond the top two.

I think the mettle and winning mentality Jurgen Klopp has instilled in his players - evidenced in the Champions League win - will see them through domestically, while Man Utd will slip further towards mid-table mediocrity alongside several other underachievers such as Everton. Aston Villa have shown they have it in them to survive, while their fellow promoted sides may not be so lucky.

Sean Walsh: As a Spurs fan, these eight games have been tough to take, let alone because I was convinced this season would be a prelude to a title charge. The January transfer window will be huge in shaping the outcome of this season, but until I see what business happens, I can’t imagine Tottenham making the top four after this dreadful start.


Leicester have impressed me, but I don’t think they’ll have enough to sustain their push for a Champions League spot, while I think Manchester United will recover to at least qualify for the Europa League.

Honourable mentions go to Brighton and Sheffield United who I expected to do well, but my anger goes toward Southampton and Watford, who have performed well below the standards I had set for them.

​2​Man City
​7​Man Utd
​8​West Ham
​12​Crystal Palace
​14​Aston Villa
​18​Sheffield United

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