Harry Redknapp believes Leicester or West Ham can break into the top six this season.
The Foxes are widely-tipped to breach the upper echelons of the top flight this campaign despite the loss of Harry Maguire to Man United, with Brendan Rodgers adding some solid recruits to his squad in the summer.
West Ham, who also added some big money signings to their ranks, have also been tipped to give the top six a run for their money, with the exception of Man City and Liverpool who are widely expected to be battling it out for the Premier League crown come May.
The Hammers have gone under the radar in the battle for European football, with Leicester, Wolves and Everton all considered to be the leading names to upset the apple cart.
However, Wolves have struggled with the rigours of Europa League football so far this campaign, while Everton have proved to be inconsistent.
Leicester are the only side who are holding their head as genuine contenders, and Redknapp is backing them and West Ham to replace one of the teams in the ‘Big Six’ come May.
“I like the look of West Ham,” he said. “I think West Ham will certainly be top eight this year and if anyone’s getting to the top six it will be them or Leicester.
“They’re the two teams that could knock one of the big six out this year. They look very good.
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“I like what I’ve seen from them so far – I have not seen them live yet but I’ve watched every one of their match on the box.
“They have some great forwards and look really exciting.”
Redknapp also admitted he was pleased to see his nephew Frank Lampard’s largely positive start in charge of Chelsea.
“He will do well. He’s a clever lad, bright as a button and knows the game.
“He’s brought the kids in and the ones that have come in have done great so far.
“The boy [Mason] Mount got an injury last night but Tammy Abraham is scoring goals. He’s doing good.”
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