Gary Neville insists the Premier League title race is ‘not over’ as Robin Dias injury has given a ‘push’ to Liverpool’s chances – and believes Wolverhampton or West Ham could shock Pep Guardiola’s side
- Liverpool dropped points on Saturday night after drawing at home to Tottenham
- But Manchester City crushed Newcastle on Sunday to move three points clear
- With only three matches left, City are in pole position to defend their title
- However, Gary Neville believes that Wolverhampton and West Ham are still tricky matches for City.
Gary Neville insists the Premier League title race is far from over despite a crucial weekend at the top of the table.
Liverpool squandered points at home against Tottenham in a 1-1 draw, while Manchester City took advantage of the 5-0 win over Newcastle to continue its lead to three points, with three games remaining for each.
However, with many believing the title race is over and in dust with the results at the weekend, former Manchester United defender Neville is not in that camp and he has identified two key factors that show there is still plenty to play for.
Gary Neville insists that the race for the Premier League title is not over yet despite Manchester City’s three-point lead; Pep Guardiola’s team (right) crushed Newcastle 5-0 on Sunday
Liverpool lost points after drawing 1-1 against Tottenham in a blow to their chances of winning the title
The Sky Sports The analyst says Robin Dias’ injury at the end of the season combined with away matches at Wolverhampton and West Ham means he won’t be a convoy to win City’s fourth title in five seasons.
“I really think that Wolves or West Ham can shock Manchester City,” Neville said. Gary Neville podcast.
With Ruben Dias injured, they go to teams that have playing systems that could harm City. Both teams had good seasons. They are embarrassed. The city will have to be at its best. The center-back partnership has been eliminated. Injury boosts Liverpool’s chances. I think there is something left in this title race. It will not pass an ordinary sailing to the end.
If City gets past the next two, they win it. Wolverhampton or West Ham must withdraw points from City, but it is not over yet.
Robin Dias (right) will miss the last three games of Manchester City’s season due to a hamstring injury
John Stones was also left out for the remainder of the season as City neared the title
If Liverpool had to pick two away games to send City to, it would probably be Arsenal and Tottenham, but then it would be West Ham and Wolves. Manchester United are gone and Chelsea have fallen behind.
“There is a lot to play for. It is good for the league that Liverpool plays first and they can be level. I don’t think Liverpool will drop points. They will do their job.
Despite Liverpool targeting an unprecedented quartet and now looking likely to fail in the league, Neville refused to echo the sounds Jurgen Klopp’s history side let slip through their fingers.
He added, “Whoever finishes first or second, you will not say that the other has blown it up or mobilized it.”
These two teams never disappoint with their rate of work or behaviour. Professionalism and good preparation is always a thing. These two teams do it well. They care about their work, their behavior and their soul. It is fixed. Under Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp it has been faultless.
Liverpool will next meet Aston Villa at Villa Park on Tuesday evening, while they face City Wolves at Molino 24 hours later.