Sky Sports pundits reveal predictions for the rest of the season – plus explain how the pub impacts on their commentary.
April and May are packed with a host of stirring clashes and fixtures from the Premier League as the season draws to a close, including a Manchester derby at the end of the month.
Meanwhile, at a roundtable discussion, the Sky Sports commentators hailed the pub when it comes to thinking about their punditry.
Former Ireland striker Niall Quinn said: “I hear opinions [at my local] which help me formulate what I need to be thinking about when I come to work.
“Not all are broadcast-able… but it’s the nearest I get to being in a crowd again and understanding what the topics of conversation are. It’s a dose of the real world I take on board.”
And the quality of upcoming matches is set to be high, according to veteran Sky Sports commentator Martin Tyler.
He said: “It’s looking likely that Chelsea will be crowned champion at some point but the fight for the other spots will go right to the wire.
“That being said, if Chelsea loses on Wednesday it could open it up – Tottenham are close enough to make it a two-horse race.”
Who will take the top four?
There were mixed opinions in the room about which order the top four would finish, but most agreed it would be Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City and Liverpool.
The group, which also included Liverpool legend Graeme Souness, were excited for the Manchester and London derbies (dates below), in which they think both have the chance for one side to end the other’s top four aspirations.
Sunday, April 16 Manchester United v Chelsea, 4pm (Easter Sunday)
Thursday, April 27 Manchester City v Manchester United, 8pm
Sunday April 30 Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal, 4:30pm
All aired on Sky Sports 1.