Manchester City will beat Liverpool and go on to win the Premier League, former Chelsea forward Tony Cascarino has claimed.
Cascarino backed Pep Guardiola’s side to retain their title at the beginning of the season, and he remains behind City despite their recent slip-ups.
Two defeats in their last three league matches leave the Etihad club four points behind Liverpool, who are still unbeaten heading into the midway matches of the campaign on Boxing Day.
While losing to Chelsea is fully acceptable, City’s shock home defeat to Crystal Palace raised real questions about their title credentials – especially with Liverpool riding high above them.
The two main title contenders meet at the Etihad on January 3, in what is sure to be a vital match in the title race.
A draw was the result in the reverse fixture at Anfield – Riyad Mahrez missed a late, late penalty that would have secured City victory – and if Liverpool win this time around they would have one hand on the trophy in the opening days of 2019.
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However, former Chelsea and Republic of Ireland forward, and talkSPORT pundit, Cascarino believes City will claim all three points.
Previewing the festive fixtures in his Times column, Cascarino wrote: “City at home, fired up, will end Liverpool’s unbeaten record.”
And with Guardiola’s side beating Liverpool, Cascarino backed City to go all the way and win the Preimer League, ahead of the Reds.
He continued: “Liverpool have been exceptional but certain moments have gone for them – Riyad Mahrez missing his penalty against them at Anfield in the 0-0 draw for example.
“City are having a little stutter now but they have the easier of the two Champions League ties and they have experience of winning the title last season.
“I just can’t see Liverpool maintaining this form all season. I said City for the title at the start of the season and I’ll stick with that.”