Gary Neville has maintained Manchester City are his pick for the Premier League title but has explained weakness that may affect Pep Guardiola’s men and Liverpool, while Chelsea could profit
Gary Neville has explained theory on the title race and the weaknesses which could “bite” two contenders.
The three teams largely considered serious challenges for the Premier League trophy are Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City.
And it is the latter pair who Neville has warned could falter down the line, with the trio currently separated by three points, having all played one another once so far this season.
Although the former Manchester United captain has maintained his prediction from the beginning of the campaign, he has noted why he now thinks the current league leaders could claim the crown come next May.
“You have to go City because I picked them at the start of the season but I do think Chelsea,” Neville explained.
“They’ve played Arsenal, City, Tottenham, Liverpool and they’re top of the league, they’ve had a really tough start.
“[Romelu] Lukaku’s not at his best either so again that’s another good sign, you’re top of the league and your main striker’s not firing so he’ll fire later in the season.”
Chelsea lifted the Champions League last term just four months into Thomas Tuchel’s reign, and Neville has explained why he thinks their squad could prove to be more set for the run compared to the previous two English champions’ rosters.
“I do think City’s issue with no centre forward might just bite them,” the player-turned-pundit continued.
“Liverpool best XI but I’m not sure one or two things go wrong like it did last season with Van Dijk or if Salah got injured, I think they’re a little bit exposed to that.
“I think Chelsea’s side is really strong, we’ve seen without two or three centre-halves they can perform.
“I’m saying City but I do think Chelsea could go close if not win it.”
Neville admitted: “I think they will [drop points] if you think what City and Liverpool were doing where they were getting high 90s, 100 points then we’re not going to get that because I think the quality of the league is really high.
“Liverpool and City two years ago were out of this world, two of the best standards I’ve ever seen in this league, they’re still at an outstanding standard but just not at that same level they need to be to achieve it and I think the others have improved.”
On Saturday, all three sides picked up three points.
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool hammered Watford 5-0 before City took care of Burnley at home.
In the late kick-off, Chelsea edged Brentford away from in what has already proved to be a difficult fixture, with Pep Guardiola’s reigning champions the only one of the trio yet to travel there.
One thing is for sure, the title race is not short of worthy challengers.
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