Neville offers his thoughts on six-team title race

Date published: Monday 31st October 2016 12:41

Gary Neville: Thinks Liverpool have a chance

Gary Neville believes any of six sides can win the Premier League title this season but seems to be leaning towards Chelsea and Liverpool.

Manchester City lead the current table on 23 points, but are above both Arsenal and Liverpool on goal difference alone.

Chelsea are a point further back in fourth, with Tottenham fifth on 20 points.

Neville believes all five of those sides are capable of winning the league, but the Sky Sports pundit is also keen to include his former side, Manchester United.

United are currently eighth in the table and eight points off top spot, but Neville deems them worthy of mentioning in the title picture.

“I think the fact that Chelsea have free weeks, and don’t have the confusion and disruption of European football, even though it is a good disruption being in the Champions League or Europa League, it gives them a big advantage,” he told the Gary Neville Podcast.

“Certain players in their team – like John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic, Diego Costa, even Eden Hazard and Nemanja Matic – I think they all benefit hugely from it.

“They would have been in that dressing room after the game, having put in a wonderful performance, and be thinking: ‘I’ve got a week now, I can get my body right, have a massage and not think about training on Tuesday ahead of another midweek game.’

“It’s a big thing for players of that nature, so I think that gives them a competitive edge, and Liverpool the same, who have players who give huge energetic performances. Their recovery between games is important.

“It will be an advantage. I think Tottenham are as good as Liverpool, I think Tottenham are as good as Chelsea, there’s no doubt, but because Spurs are in European competition I would put Chelsea and Liverpool ahead of them in the Premier League for that reason.

“I think Manchester City and Arsenal are the better teams, but can you trust either of them fully yet? I don’t think you can. That’s not to say they won’t go and deliver, but because they’re in Europe, and that they’ve shown glimpses of the old Arsenal and old City, they’ve got to give me more yet before I trust them.

“That’s without even mentioning United, who have fallen behind a little bit.”

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