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Man City v Villa: Neville - Hosts should beware unpredictable Villa

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Man City v Villa: Neville - Hosts should beware unpredictable Villa


Gary Neville says Man City should beware Villa on Wednesday because the claret and blues are capable of producing "daft" results.

Following Liverpool's 3-3 draw at Crystal Palace, Manuel Pellegrini's side know that four points from their final two games of the season - against Villa and West Ham - should secure them the Barclays Premier League title.

However, a repeat of the scoreline from B6 earlier in the season - when Paul Lambert's team picked up a 3-2 victory over City - would see Liverpool remain a point clear going into the final round of matches.

Sky Sports expert Neville says Pellegrini must make sure his players are focused against a side that have also beaten Chelsea and Arsenal this season.

"Man City will have to be careful," he told Sky Sports.

"If you were Pellegrini and the experienced players in the spine of the team who have won a championship before then you would be guarding massively against complacency. They must really prepare to have to win these last two matches.

"Villa put in some daft performances, some performances that surprise you ever so often. They are capable of it certainly.

"Villa will be relieved. Those young players have been under pressure in these last few weeks.

"They could have gone into the weekend, lost the home game and if other results had gone against them they were under huge pressure.

"They'll have probably had a little bit of a celebration, I would think, on Saturday or Sunday which could help them in relieving pressure on Wednesday night.

"For Man City it's purely about them getting their minds right in the next two or three days and not thinking that the job's done.

"It's all transferred towards City. It's City's to lose now."

Fellow Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher also believes the title is far from assured as Villa face the top-flight favourites for the crown.

He added: "I remember the Villa game at Villa Park this season. They lost 3-2.

"You'd expect at home they would win the game, but I've seen Villa at Anfield this season and they sometimes do put in a performance every few months that takes you totally by surprise.

"That's what Liverpool supporters will be hoping for and Man City fans and players will be fearing."

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By @AVFCOfficial 6th May 2014
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