Gary Neville has warned Man City that their Premier League run-in could end up being tougher than Liverpool’s.
The Citizens were held to a 2-2 draw at the Etihad Stadium by the Reds on Sunday in a pulsating affair between the tough best sides in the Premier League.
It left the situation at the top of the Premier League table unchanged with Liverpool still one point behind leaders Man City with seven games left to play.
When asked who will win the Premier League title from here, Roy Keane said on Sky Sports: “I still stick with City, I think they’ll just about do it yeah.”
And Neville was in agreement with his fellow pundit, he said: “I’ve said City all along and I thought Liverpool, a few weeks ago, they might there. But I think City, just City. There’s no science behind that.”
The run-in suggests Man City have the greater advantage as they face Brighton, Watford, Leeds and Newcastle – all teams in the bottom half – before facing Wolves, West Ham and then Aston Villa away on the final day of the season.
Liverpool, by comparison, have to play top-seven sides Manchester United and Tottenham as well as Merseyside rivals Everton, while also having to tackle Villa, Wolves, Newcastle and Southampton.
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However, Neville reckons Man City could actually end up with the tougher run-in as they could face sides with more to play for.
Neville added: “In the Premier League, we’ve looked at City and thought that’s an easy run-in, but actually that’s because we’re looking at Merseyside derby and Manchester United which in an ordinary season would be tough, those two teams are appalling, they could be easier than any of the teams than any of the teams Manchester City have got.
“Watford are fighting for their lives, Leeds have to win games, Newcastle away. You look at Liverpool’s run in, Merseyside derby, Tottenham – you think it’s a tough run in but it’s not. I’d rather play Manchester United and Everton at home than West Ham away.”
And Neville thinks Man City boss Pep Guardiola could “define his era” this season, he explained: “They’ve won three Premier League titles in the last four years. For Pep and to define his era, he’s won three Premier League titles, if he can win a Champions League, it can define his period here. If he’d not won the Premier League, to win back-to-back or two (Premier League’s) it does define you as a truly great team.”