This season’s Premier League title race looks to be one of the most exciting in recent years with as many as six clubs still believing they can win the league.
After 11 matches, Liverpool currently lead the way but Chelsea are just one point behind, with Manchester City and Arsenal a further point adrift. Then comes unbeaten Spurs, who are five points behind Jurgen Klopp’s side while Manchester United already find themselves eight points off the pace.
As we all saw from last season, predicting the winner of the Premier League isn’t an easy task. Who saw 5000/1 shots Leicester City beating everyone to glory last campaign? Nobody, that’s who.
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However, that hasn’t stopped Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville from examining this year's title race and identifying his two favourites.
“At the moment Chelsea and Liverpool I think purely are putting themselves out in front because of the fact they’re not playing in European football, they’re both confident and they’re going to take some stopping because of the fact they’ve got free weeks and they’ve got preparation time,’ Neville told the Metro.
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“I think at the moment do I trust any of them to say that you’re going to win the league? I’d say no.
“But I think looking at those two they’re going to take some stopping with the fact that preparation time is key for those teams and we’ve seen it in the past, Liverpool two or three years ago under Brendan Rodgers when they didn’t have Europe they were dangerous.
“Those two teams at the moment are probably the ones on everyone’s tongue but at this moment in time I couldn’t say wholly that I trust them to continue pushing it through.”
Neville chooses Chelsea
However, when pushed to pick who is more likely to win the league out of Chelsea and Liverpool, Neville went for Antonio Conte’s men.
“If anything at the moment I’d say Chelsea more than Liverpool but I wouldn’t rule out Arsenal or Man City either,” he admitted.
Like everyone else, Neville is only tentatively choosing his title favourites because it’s so hard to determine who will last the distance this season. However, it’s Chelsea who have got the nod after five consecutive league wins, without conceding, has seen them rise to second in the table.
Of course, picking Chelsea means Neville doesn’t believe Jose Mourinho can win the league at his former club this season. In fact, the former right-back has written off the chances of United and Spurs of winning the title as he believes they ‘don’t look ready.’
Neville on United's chances
“United would have to improve significantly in the coming months [if they are to challenge],” he admitted.
“I think the injuries as well, particularly at the back, you’d see that could cause them problems.
“It doesn’t feel like they’re ready at this moment in time. But again if you said to me four/five weeks ago [when] Chelsea were beaten by Liverpool and Arsenal – would they be contenders? I would have said no.
“I think it’s going to be that type of league so anybody that puts a run together. But at the moment I would feel Tottenham and United don’t look ready.”