Manchester City and Liverpool are battling for the Premier League title (Picture: Getty)Paul Merson believes Manchester City and Liverpool will both win their final games of the season, leaving Pep Guardiola to lift the Premier League title.
City stormed to the title last season, finishing 19 points clear of second-placed Manchester United after amassing 100 points and scoring more than 100 goals.
Despite finding more competition from Liverpool this term, the title remains in City’s hands and they will defend the trophy if they clinch a win at Brighton on Sunday.
A draw or a defeat will open the door to Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, who can then win the Premier League if they beat Wolves at Anfield.
But Arsenal hero Merson cannot see either side dropping points this weekend, meaning City will win the league ahead of Champions League finalists Liverpool.
‘I just can’t see Man City not winning,’ Merson told Sky Sports. ‘Nothing shocks me in football after the Champions League this week.
‘But when you look at this week, the two teams who came back are very good teams, with very good players.
‘Even though it was a miracle, people will say miracles happen, Brighton have a chance – they’re not the same class as the players who did what they did this week.
Arsenal hero Paul Merson expects City to lift the title (Picture: Getty)
‘They’re grinding results out as well. At the start of the season they were wiping the floor with teams, now they’re not but they’re keeping clean sheets, being hard to beat and nicking goals.
‘There was a bit of panic with Man City on Monday – no disrespect but Vincent Kompany’s shot should have gone 50 yards over! But they should be fine. Brighton 0-3 Manchester City.’
On Liverpool’s home clash with Wolves, Merson added: ‘If Man City go ahead early, Liverpool have got to just get this game out of their memory, get it out of the way.
‘They might need to get in front early doors, but if Man City go 2-0 up, they’ve got to start thinking about the game in three weeks in my opinion.
‘Wolves will be dangerous, but there’s no place like Liverpool. It’ll be a hard game for them, though. Liverpool 2-1 Wolves.’
Liverpool produced a stunning comeback victory to knock Barcelona out of the Champions League and progress to the final on Tuesday evening.
But Klopp now wants his team to focus on the Premier League, saying: ‘We are not used to moments of glory but we win from time to time.
‘Coming in on Wednesday you needed a hammer to punch the smile out of faces. From our point of view it could be a big football moment on the weekend, the week is not over yet.’
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