PREMIER LEAGUE legend Dimitar Berbatov believes Manchester City will fail to retain the title – and will finish in just third place.
The former Bulgarian international has also tipped his former employers to shine in the top-flight, believing Manchester United and Tottenham will lead the way.
EPA Former Tottenham star Dimitar Berbatov is backing Spurs to finish second in the table
Jamie McPhilimey – The Sun Berbatov, 37, believes former employers Manchester United will win the top-flight Sign up for Dream Team 2018/19 now
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Berbatov signed for Spurs in 2006 from Bayer Leverkusen, before joining the Red Devils in 2008, and then finishing his career in England with Fulham.
Speaking to Betfair, the 37-year-old gave his thoughts ahead of the new season – believing the top four from last campaign will stay the same.
He said: “The top four will be the same as last season but in this order – Manchester United, Spurs, Manchester City, and Liverpool.
“I was going to say Chelsea because of the “new manager” effect, the team start to perform better especially the first couple of matches, but I think Liverpool will finish above them because they’ve bought more talented players, so I’ll stick to the same four as last year.”
Mark Robinson – The Sun Berbatov won two Premier League titles with the Red Devils – netting 56 goals in 149 games
AFP Former Bulgarian international Berbatov believes Manchester City will finish in third place
While the ex-Monaco maestro has tipped Huddersfield, Watford and Cardiff to drop down to the Championship, as well as backing Harry Kane to win his third Golden Boot.
Berbatov also believes the Cottagers will impress back in the big-time, declaring Slavisa Jokanovic’s men will prove to be a tough match for anyone.
He said: “Whatever Fulham do this season, I don’t want to believe they are happy with just staying up.
“I want them to have targets to achieve more, now they’re back in the League.
PA:Press Association Berbatov banged in 20 goals in 54 games for Fulham between 2012-2014