Jamie Carragher is backing Newcastle to secure Champions League football this season, while Gary Neville still thinks Manchester City will win the Premier League title.
The two Sky Sports pundits were giving their predictions for the top four at the end of the season after Tottenham’s win over Fulham on Monday night.
Neville still reckons fifth-placed Spurs will be back in the Champions League spots by the end of the season, but Carragher has been suitably impressed by Newcastle to think they will hang on to a top four place.
Eddie Howe’s team sit third in the table and have conceded just 11 goals in 20 league games, fewer than any other side in the division, and Carragher reckons they can keep it up.
‘They’re not involved in European football,’ the Liverpool legend told Sky Sports of the Magpies. ‘I’ve been that impressed with them. They’re the best defensive team in the league, so we’re not talking about some easy touch, scoring goals but they’re all over the place.
‘They’re very organised, the energy they play with…Of course Tottenham or someone else could get there, but no European football, the home games, the atmosphere, it feels like there’s a togetherness between them and the crowd that maybe I don’t see at Tottenham.
Carragher backed Arsenal to take top spot, followed by Manchester City, Manchester United and Newcastle, confirming to fans of his own club: ‘I don’t think Liverpool will get top four.’
Despite Arsenal being five points clear at the top of the table, with a game in hand on Manchester City, Neville thinks Pep Guardiola’s side will retain their Premier League title.
He even thinks Manchester United can finish above the Gunners, with Spurs taking the fourth Champions League spot.
There is a break in the Premier League action this weekend with the FA Cup fourth round being played and the two title contenders meet at the Etihad on Friday night as Manchester City host Arsenal.