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Sportsmail team submit their reports on the season so far

As the Premier League reaches the half-way point and the end of 2017, our reporters give their predictions and favourite moments of the season so far.

Sportsmail columnist Chris Sutton has omitted Arsenal from his top-four prediction while he tips Manchester City to win both the league and the Champions League.

Here is the round up the action on an eventful first-half to the Premier League campaign.

Manchester City have been tipped to win all four trophies by a host of our Sportsmail reporters

Chris Sutton

Moment of the season so far

The Huddersfield story, coming into the Premier League and beating Manchester United. They were favourites to go down at the start of the season. 

They spent a little bit but nothing too extraordinary so to come up and to mix it up the way they have is remarkable.

Favourite match so far

Arsenal 1-3 Manchester United was a great advert for the Premier League, and an unbelievable game of football.

It had everything – goals, mistakes, drama, excitement. It will be remembered for years. A game between two big guns going at it and slugging it out.

Manchester United overcame Arsenal at the Emirates in an unbelievable game of football

Manchester United overcame Arsenal at the Emirates in an unbelievable game of football

Prediction for top four

1) Man City, 2) Man Utd, 3) Chelsea, 4) Liverpool.

The three to go down and why?

Swansea. I feel for Paul Clement but they were right to change the manager. I don’t think they will recover, unless they have a great January. 

Brighton, because they don’t score enough. And Stoke, because they are conceding goals at an alarming rate. The fans have turned on Mark Hughes. I don’t see how you can stay up when you concede goals at that rate.

And who will win the Champions League and why?

Manchester City. It would not be a surprise for any of the English clubs to go far. It will be hard for City to win the lot but the way they are playing, their rotation in the forward areas, they look formidable. 

Can they maintain the form they have shown? Centre back is maybe their one weakness but I think they can win Europe’s elite competition.

IAN LADYMAN

Moment of the season so far

Kevin de Bruyne’s passing as Manchester City beat Stoke City 7-2. Pep Guardiola is a fine coach but you simply cannot teach things like that.

Favourite match so far

Arsenal 1-3 Manchester United was utterly and captivatingly bonkers. United won while never seeming to have the ball. In 90 minutes we saw why Arsenal will not achieve anything significant this season while United just might.

Prediction for top four in order

1) Man City, 2) Liverpool, 3) Chelsea, 4) Man Utd

The three to go down and why?

Bournemouth, Brighton and Swansea. 

Swansea are the worst in the league – that’s why they are bottom – while the other two don’t have enough goals in them.

Paul Clement was sacked as Swansea manager as the Welsh side slip further into the drop zone

Paul Clement was sacked as Swansea manager as the Welsh side slip further into the drop zone

And who will win the Champions League and why?

Manchester City. The draw has opened things up a little for City so I will stick my neck out and tip them. By the time we reach the last eight, two of Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona and Chelsea will no longer be there.

Kieran Gill

Moment of the season so far

Raheem Sterling scoring a winner in the 97th minute at Bournemouth in August. It gave Manchester City the first of their 16 successive wins and us a glimpse into how reliable Sterling would become this season.

Favourite match so far

Bournemouth 1-2 Manchester City, but not only because Sterling scored in the 97th minute then got sent off in the 99th for his celebration. Charlie Daniels scored a wondergoal, and a Cherries steward claimed he was assaulted by Sergio Aguero. Bonkers.

Sergio Aguero faced the police after Raheem Sterling's late winner against Bournemouth

Sergio Aguero faced the police after Raheem Sterling’s late winner against Bournemouth

Prediction for the top 4

1) Man City, 2) Man Utd, 3) Chelsea, 4) Arsenal.

The three to go down and why?

Brighton for their alarming lack of goals lately, Newcastle because they really don’t have a Premier League squad and Swansea for simply appearing atrocious this season.

And who will win the Champions League and why?

Manchester United, for whatever reason, I have a feeling they can repeat their Europa League heroics in the Champions League while City dominate domestically.

CRAIG HOPE

Moment of the season so far

Wayne Rooney’s goal from halfway against West Ham, a rare moment when you find yourself rewinding the tape and watching over and over.

Favourite match so far

Arsenal 1-3 Manchester United because, too often, games are tense and predictable. This wasn’t, it was a real throwback and one you couldn’t take your eyes off.

Prediction for top four in order

1) Man City, 2) Man Utd, 3) Chelsea, 4) Liverpool.

The three to go down and why?

Swansea, West Brom and Stoke. Time is up for this established top-flight trio, each of whom appears to have lost some of the identity which made them successful in the first place.

And who will win the Champions League and why?

Paris Saint-Germain. Quality all over the pitch and they have the superstar players to make the difference in the biggest matches.

Paris Saint-Germain continue to look strong in Europe and could go on to win the trophy

Paris Saint-Germain continue to look strong in Europe and could go on to win the trophy

JOE BERNSTEIN

Moment of the season so far

Injured Benjamin Mendy sprint-hobbling down the touchline to celebrate with goalscorer Raheem Sterling after his last-gasp winner against Southampton.

Favourite match so far

Arsenal 1-3 Manchester United, because early goals help big matches and this was an instant classic once Antonio Valencia had fired United ahead after four minutes.

Antonio Valencia  fired United ahead after four minutes as Arsenal lost 3-1 at home

Antonio Valencia fired United ahead after four minutes as Arsenal lost 3-1 at home

Prediction for top four in order

1) Man City, 2) Man Utd, 3) Chelsea, 4) Tottenham.

The three to go down and why? Huddersfield, Swansea and Brighton. The newly-promoted teams made great starts but are within a few points of the drop.

And who will win the Champions League and why?

Real Madrid. They could get stuffed by Paris Saint-Germain in the first knockout round. Then again Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos will have something to say about that.

RIATH AL-SAMARRAI

Moment of the season so far

Someone from Manchester City throwing milk at Mourinho. I imagine it turned sour on impact.

Favourite match so far

Bournemouth 1-2 Manchester City was absolutely bonkers. City won it five minutes into stoppage time. Raheem Sterling scored, then was sent off for celebrating. Drama where you would least expect it.

Sterling was sent off for his celebration against the Cherries after netting a late winner

Sterling was sent off for his celebration against the Cherries after netting a late winner

Prediction for top four in order

1) Man City, 2) Man Utd, 3) Chelsea, 4) Tottenham.

The three to go down and why?

Stoke, West Brom and Swansea. The only unknown are Newcastle, who look awful but will surely spend big in January to keep the club’s sale on track.

And who will win the Champions League and why?

Barcelona. Walking away with La Liga ought to free them up.

ADAM CRAFTON

Moment of the season so far

That Kevin de Bruyne pass against Stoke. It was the moment we all started to realise we are witnessing greatness from Pep Guardiola.

Favourite match so far

Arsenal 1-3 Manchester United had brilliant saves, card drama, superb counter-attacking goals.

Prediction for top four in order

1) Man City, 2) Chelsea, 3) Man Utd, 4) Liverpool.

The three to go down and why?

West Brom, Brighton and Swansea. Newcastle, however, will run them close without significant January investment.

Newcastle need significant investment in January to get themselves out of a relegation scrap

Newcastle need significant investment in January to get themselves out of a relegation scrap

And who will win the Champions League and why?

Manchester City, because it’s difficult to imagine them not winning any game and this may be the year they finally take off in Europe.



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