Harry Redknapp has backed Manchester City to win the Premier League. The 68-year-old manager thinks the title will come down to a two-horse race between City and Arsenal, but he believes Manuel Pelligrini's side will just edge the contest.

Redknapp – who has been out of work since leaving Queens Park Rangers last year – has also backed reigning champions Chelsea to excel in the second half of the season, suggesting they will still qualify for Europe.

He said, according to the Daily Telegraph: "It is between Arsenal and Manchester City for the title, but I think the big surprise over the course of the second-half of the season is that Chelsea will go on a long unbeaten run to force themselves into the top six. I have a feeling that will be the big story over the next five months, we got a hint of that when they went to Crystal Palace on Sunday and beat them easily.

"I think we saw this weekend, though, why it is a two-horse race for the title. Manchester City came from behind, late on, against a good Watford side and Arsenal managed to grind out a win when they were not playing well against Newcastle. That is not something Arsenal have been able to do in the past and it shows their progress this season.

"These are the games you have to win if you are going to be champions and both Arsenal and Man City managed to find a way to win, even though both managers would probably admit they weren't at their best."

Despite this, Redknapp thinks City have the better players and their title-winning experience will see them over the line this time around. He said: "It's a coin toss to separate them for me. I said Arsenal at the start of the year, because I don't think there is an outstanding team in the Premier League this season and they have a squad that is as good as any other. They have got themselves into a wonderful position.

"Chelsea were the red-hot favourites back in August, but while I still believe they are good enough to get into the top five or six, they are out of the title race for sure. That has played into Arsenal's hands.

"However, if I had to put my money on it, I'm going to tip Manchester City to just pip them to it. They have the better players and they have players who have won league titles before. That can be crucial when the pressure is on. I think that just gives them the edge, but it is going to be extremely close."