Former Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink believes Liverpool and Man City “have to” win the Premier League – but thinks Tottenham could pip them both to the title.
After eight games of the season, the top-six is separated by just three points, with Leicester City leading Spurs and Liverpool by a single point.
With games being played behind closed doors, there has been several surprising results, opening up the possibility of an unexpected team to lift the trophy.
But while Hasselbaink thinks a number of teams have a chance, speaking exclusively to Ladbrokes at its launch of the 5-A-Side Bet on Leeds v Arsenal, he is backing last year’s top-two to be leading from the front.
“Everybody has a chance this year. Leicester has a chance – everybody has a chance,” Hasselbaink said. “I don't think you should put the pressure of an expectation to win the league on Frank Lampard's shoulders at Chelsea.
“Liverpool and Man City are the ones that 'have' to win it. Chelsea have to get close to them. If they do that, then next year you can say they 'have' to win it.
“That's when you can put pressure on Frank. Not now. I think it should be between Liverpool and Man City, still. I know Liverpool have some problems at the moment, but their front three is just lethal. Man City are always going to be there or thereabout.”
However, although Hasselbaink believes Liverpool and City “have” to win it, he is tipping Jose Mourinho to end 60 years of hurt at Spurs by winning the league.
He added: “I fancy – and this might hurt Chelsea supporters – Spurs for the title. I really do.
“If you look at their front three, they've got Gareth Bale, Harry Kane and Heung-min Son. On paper that is the best front three in the country.
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“And then on the bench, as replacements for that front three, they've got Steven Bergwijn, Carlos Vinicius and Lucas Moura.
“If you look at all the teams in the league, Liverpool have problems at the back. Man City have problems at the back. So do Chelsea and Man United.
“I think it's going to be Liverpool, Man City, Tottenham and Chelsea for the top four. But Tottenham can easily win it.”
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