GARY NEVILLE and Jamie Carragher disagree on which crew will win the Premier League this season.
Arsenal at present paved the way, having picked up an astonishing 50 factors from 19 matches to date.
They sit 5 factors above Manchester Metropolis with a sport in hand.
With the 2 title rivals nonetheless to play one another twice, the Premier League crown stays up for grabs.
And the Sky Sports activities pundits picked totally different winners throughout their annual MNF mid-season predictions present final evening.
They even backed totally different groups to beat the drop.
Nonetheless, they have been in settlement over who the participant and supervisor of the season ought to be.
Right here, SunSport check out Neville and Carragher’s picks as we enter the second half of the marketing campaign.
Neville: Man Metropolis
On the title race, Carra stated: “I believe the factor with Arsenal is not only the factors hole, it is their efficiency in massive video games.
“In the event you return to the World Cup ending, they obliterated Brighton, drew with Newcastle, one of the best defence within the league, though they solely simply acquired over the road (towards Man Utd).
“We’re all expecting City to kick on, they will, but once they start getting to March and April I cant help but think those City players know that if they win the Champions League it won’t matter that they wont win the league.”
Neville, in the meantime, reasoned: “I get requested this each 10 minutes in the meanwhile. Even Arsenal followers, they have to get uninterested in asking these questions.
“It is too far out to be eager about the title. Going again to my very own expertise, I believe Metropolis are nonetheless messing about, they have not actually began this season but, once they begin to purr they may hunt Arsenal down.
“That doesn’t always work. Blackburn held us (Neville’s Man Utd) off, Newcastle didn’t. The run in doesn’t start until nine games in.”
Carragher: Arsenal, Man Metropolis, Man Utd, Newcastle
Neville: Man Metropolis, Man Utd, Arsenal, Tottenham
Former Liverpool ace Carragher reckons his outdated membership, in addition to Tottenham and Chelsea, have given themselves an excessive amount of to do to overtake the present prime 4.
Citing two particular elements that can give Newcastle the sting over them, he reasoned: “They’re not involved in European football and they’re defensively the best team in the league.”
Neville went on to ask: “Have your ruled your own mob out then?”
And Carra responded: “No, I don’t think Liverpool will get in the top four.”
Tottenham are Neville’s decide to pip Newcastle to a spot in subsequent season’s Champions League – regardless of their poor run previous to final evening’s 1-0 win at Fulham.
Antonio Conte’s aspect are at present three factors behind Newcastle having performed a sport extra.
The previous Man Utd ace has backed ex-Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa to maintain Everton within the Premier League.
Bielsa, 67, is the Toffees’ first selection to exchange Frank Lampard, and Neville claimed: “I think you can see Bielsa’s influence at Leeds now. He’d get the fans on side at Everton.”
Carragher, in the meantime, has been impressed by Wolves boss Julen Lopetegei, saying: “I simply assume the supervisor’s are available and finished a very good job.
“Getting them a very robust crew to beat. I believe his expertise when it comes to managing Sevilla, Actual Madrid and Spain – he’s a prime supervisor.
“And I just think when you actually look at some of the quality, certainly in midfield with the likes of Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho…”
Neville then appeared to hedge his bets, including: “I don’t think Wolves will go down either by the way for the matter, just to be clear.”
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Carragher: Erling Haaland
Neville: Erling Haaland
The Norwegian striker has already scored 25 Premier League targets this season, and has bagged FOUR Man Metropolis hat-tricks.
Each Neville and Carragher picked him as their unanimous Participant of the 12 months, though the latter had second ideas.
Pointing to the league leaders, Carra stated: “I think all the players will vote for Haaland, that’s what I’m trying to say.”
Urged by Neville to “have his own mind”, Carragher added: “I believe Odegaard at Arsenal has been completely sensational, however I simply know what gamers are like, I have been within the dressing room once they get the [ballot].
“Clearly Haaland’s scored so many targets, he is been wonderful and I completely get it, however I simply assume if Arsenal go on to win the title, the function of Odegaard… he is been sensational, I believe he is good.
“I think he’s the closest thing to Kevin De Bruyne. That player, every time he gets the ball you think something’s gonna happen, he was fantastic, he was unbelievable.”
MANAGER OF THE YEAR
Carragher: Mikel Arteta
Neville: Mikel Arteta
The Arsenal boss is a straightforward selection as supervisor of the 12 months this time period.
Neville, 47, has constantly claimed in latest weeks that the Gunners will not win the league… however that does not imply he hasn’t been impressed.
He stated of the Spaniard: “You discuss younger managers breaking in direction of the ‘super-managers’ like Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp, Antonio Conte – league winners – it is so robust.
“And Arteta has got an unbelievable chance. If you win the league with Arsenal you are into Barcelona and Real Madrid territory where you could achieve something magical.”