Gary Neville insists the Premier League title race is ‘NOT over yet’ with Ruben Dias’ injury handing a ‘boost’ to Liverpool’s chances – and ex-Man Utd defender believes Wolves or West Ham could shock Pep Guardiola’s side
- Liverpool dropped points on Saturday night as they drew at home to Tottenham
- Yet Manchester City thrashed Newcastle on Sunday to move three points clear
- With just three games left, City are in pole position to defend their crown
- Yet Gary Neville believes Wolves and West Ham are still tricky games for City
Gary Neville insists the Premier League title race is not over yet despite a decisive weekend at the top of the table.
Liverpool dropped points at home to Tottenham in a 1-1 draw while Manchester City took advantage by thrashing Newcastle 5-0, extending their lead to three points with three matches left each.
Yet with many believing the title race is done and dusted as a result of the scores at the weekend, ex-Man Utd defender Neville is not in that camp and he pinpoints two main factors which show there’s still plenty to play for.
Gary Neville insists the Premier League title race is not over yet despite Man City’s advantage
Liverpool dropped points as they drew 1-1 against Tottenham in a blow to their title chances
The Sky Sports pundit says the season-ending injury to Ruben Dias alongside games away at Wolves and West Ham means it won’t be a procession to City’s fourth title in five seasons.
‘I do believe Wolves or West Ham could shock Manchester City,’ Neville told The Gary Neville Podcast.
‘With Ruben Dias injured, they are going to teams who have got systems of play that can hurt City. Both teams have had good seasons. They are awkward. City will need to be at their best. The centre back partnership has been obliterated. The injury is a boost for Liverpool’s chances. I do think there is something left in this title race. It won’t go plain sailing to the end.
‘If City get through the next two, they’ll win it. Wolves or West Ham have to pull points off City but it’s not over.
Ruben Dias (right) will miss the final three games of Man City’s season with a hamstring injury
John Stones has also been ruled out for the rest of the season as City close in on the title
‘If Liverpool had to pick two away games to send City to it probably would be Arsenal and Tottenham, but after that it would be West Ham and Wolves. Manchester United have gone and Chelsea have dropped their levels.
‘There is a lot to play for. It’s good for the league that Liverpool are playing first and can get level. I don’t think Liverpool will drop points. They will do their job.’
Despite Liverpool targeting an unprecedented quadruple, and now looking likely to fall just short in the league, Neville refused to echo voices that Jurgen Klopp’s side have let history slip through their fingers.
‘Whoever finishes first or second you won’t say the other one has blown it or bottled it,’ he added.
‘These two teams never disappoint with their work-rate or attitude. Being professional and preparing well is a permanent thing. These two teams do it so well. They care about their work, their attitude, their ethos. It’s constant. Under Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp, it’s been faultless.’
Liverpool next face Aston Villa at Villa Park on Tuesday night while City face Wolves at Molineux 24 hours later.
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