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Roy Keane, Emmanuel Adebayor and Ian Wright agree on Man City title slip-up prediction

In Europe
April 30, 2024

A number of former players and pundits have backed Manchester City to win all four of their remaining Premier League matches, which would see them lift the title.

The Blues are going for a record fourth straight crown and know they will clasp hands on the trophy should they win all of their matches. Liverpool’s chase has tailed off with losses to Crystal Palace and Everton while Arsenal’s defeat to Aston Villa means they are playing catch-up.

The Gunners sit at the top of the table by a point but have played a game more after Sunday’s 3-2 win over Tottenham. Mikel Arteta will do all he can to heap the pressure on his former club but many analysts believe Man City will go through all games without slipping up.

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Emmanuel Adebayor, who played for both clubs, is unsure whether Arsenal have the ability to overcome Bournemouth, Manchester United and Everton without blemish, with City set to face Wolves, Fulham, Spurs and West Ham to close out the season.

Emmanuel Adebayor

Premier League Productions

“This Arsenal team is very young and talented, but if you ask me now if I am sure they are going to get nine [points] out of nine, then I am not sure, because anything can happen.

“We saw a couple weeks ago, against Aston Villa, we all thought they would win that game, they ended up losing 0-2 at home which made it difficult.

“But when it comes to Man City, if you ask me if I think they can win their next 20 games, I would tell you with confidence, yes, because how they approach the game, they have some experienced players.

“If Spurs play like [they did v Arsenal] against Man City, with the big man [Erling Haaland] coming back full of confidence, scoring, looking sharp, looking fit, then it will be very, very difficult for them.”

Roy Keane

Sky Sports

“It’s a really good habit they’ve got from over the last few years, winning football matches. I think City will win every game now.”

He added: “I think so [that the Forest match was City’s biggest hurdle]. I think the title is City’s now.”

Ian Wright

Premier League Productions

“[The Spurs result] would have been relief more than anything because they know they can’t afford to lose any games. You look at City and it looks like City can win all of theirs [fixtures], I’ll say we can win all of them.

“Bournemouth will be the toughest one. We’ve seen how open Man United are, we might be able to go there and be disciplined and beat them. Everton are safe. You think Bournemouth will be the one, but again you look at Man City’s games and I don’t know who is going to stop them.”

Tim Sherwood

Premier League Productions

“I think Arsenal will win their last three [matches], but I don’t think it will be enough. I just think Man City will win their last four.

“I know Tottenham’s not a good ground for Man City, but the way Tottenham played today [in the 3-2 defeat to Arsenal], if they leave the same spaces for Man City, they are going to get exploited.”

Gary Neville

Sky Sports

“You never know what is going to happen at Old Trafford. It can be a graveyard for teams. Even with the way Manchester United are at the moment, you have to regard that as a massive match.

“Teams have won at Old Trafford that have been in the bottom half of the table, but teams in the top half of the table have gone there and struggled.

“Liverpool famously in the last month or two have lost an FA Cup quarter-final there and they drew in the league and that was probably the start of Liverpool’s downfall. You can never underestimate a game at Old Trafford.

“I think they [Arsenal] will achieve a 100 per cent record. The one doubt is the Old Trafford game. It will all depend for me on how City do in the next week or two as well.”

Paul Merson

Sky Sports

“I can’t see Man City not winning any of their games. Wolves are not at full strength. Fulham’s the one. They’re the team who might hurt them. If City give Fulham the chances they gave Forest, they can cause problems. But City just seem to become a better team when they have to win a match.”

Micah Richards

Sky Sports

“Spurs can trouble Man City. They have done before. The way they play, how aggressive they are with the press, in transition, got pace on the wings. That’s the game I’m looking at.”

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