Gary Neville predicts his Premier League title favourites after gameweek 26

Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville believes Manchester City hold the advantage in the pursuit of the Premier League crown following a run of three successive triumphs. The Citizens embarrassed Chelsea by a comfortable 6-0 win over the weekend and this sees them at the top of the standings on goal difference to Liverpool, although they have played a game more than Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Speaking on The Gary Neville Podcast via Sky Sports, the former England international has that the Citizens should be fancied to secure a second-straight title based on the form showcased since the surprise defeat at St James Park last month. He added that the Reds should feel the psychological pressure of the title race, given the team does not have the experience of competing for league honours, he said:

“This City team has know-how and so does Pep Guardiola. Jurgen Klopp has won a league before but not in this country. What City have done this week does apply psychological pressure.”

City could have found themselves seven points behind Liverpool after the shock defeat at Newcastle United but the Reds face to capitalise on their match against Leicester City during the same gameweek. Since then, Jurgen Klopp’s side have dropped another two points at West Ham United and this combined with the additional game played by the Citizens, sees the holders at the top of the table.

Liverpool’s next league game comes against Manchester United following the FA Cup week and that game offers them the opportunity to restore their lead at the top, although it is far easier than said, considering United’s present league form and their unfruitful record at Old Trafford over the years. The Citizens will be in League Cup final action against Chelsea during the same weekend.

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Author: chris darwen