Phil Thompson believes Chelsea and Arsenal are ‘fragile’ mentally and will miss out on a top-four finish.
The two London sides are locked in a four-way battle for the final two Champions League spots, with Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United also in the mix.
Spurs currently occupy third spot and looked a dead cert to qualify for Europe’s premier competition next season but have amassed just one point from their last four league games and are now in danger of missing out.
Arsenal have closed the gap behind their london rivals to just one point following their important 2-0 win over Manchester United, who sit within striking distance of the two sides in fifth place.
Chelsea are only a point behind United and it’s set to be an incredibly close run race for a top-four finish.
But Liverpool legend Thompson is convinced that Spurs have greater ‘togetherness’ than both Chelsea and Arsenal, while United are reaping the benefits of the ‘Solskjaer effect’, which should carry them both into next season’s Champions League.
‘Chelsea are still a bit fragile, on and off the pitch,’ he told Sky Sports.
‘It doesn’t seem to be quite right and results are fluctuating, quite similar with Arsenal really.
‘Although they seem to have good results, you cannot rely on them and then they have a couple of bad results. It is how they can capitulate in games.
‘Manchester United should be fourth because it is the Solskjaer effect and the feel-good effect of what he has done. It will probably be enough to see them in there at the end of the season, they are in an easier place than the other two. It will be very tight between them all but that is how I see it panning out.
‘Although Tottenham have had a dodgy spell, football-wise they have a bit more togetherness than Arsenal and Chelsea so you can see them having enough to win their games, as well as getting the players fit such as Harry Kane and Dele Alli. Kane is a more consistent goalscorer and I would rely upon him more than Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at Arsenal and Gonzalo Higuain at Chelsea.’