Premier League: Gary Neville believes ‘it would be a huge shock’ if Stoke or Southampton survive

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  • Southampton are five points adrift of Swansea with five matches remaining 
  • Stoke are also locked on 28 points and face huge battle to stay up this season 
  • Gary Neville doesn’t believe either team have what it takes to survive   

Gary Neville weighed in on the battle for Premier League survival, claiming it would be a ‘huge shock’ if Stoke or Southampton pull off a great escape.

The Sky Sports pundit was speaking in the wake of Stoke’s 1-1 draw with West Ham and admitted he can’t see either side stringing together the necessary wins. 

Both teams have amassed 28 points in total and remain five points adrift of Swansea in 17th.  

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Stoke were agonisingly close to three points but a late Andy Carroll goal denied them victory at London Stadium. 

‘I think that’s a hammer blow for Stoke that goal from Andy Carroll, I really do,’ Neville said on Monday Night Football. 

‘Paul Lambert said that they can win three games. Yes they could, no doubt about that but I don’t think they will, I don’t think there’s anything to suggest that they will, it would be a huge shock.’

He added: ‘Southampton have to go and win the next two matches. They have to go and beat Leicester and Bournemouth. That’s where those two teams are looking now, West Brom are gone, but those two teams have to go and do something that’s out of the ordinary.’

The former Manchester United defender went on to add that if either team do manage to scrape some points together, all bets are off.  

‘The thing for me would be if Stoke or Southampton could get within one or two points of those clubs above the clubs above will start to get very very anxious. 

‘They start to get nervous and all things start coming into play. The anxiety could spread among those clubs up towards Brighton. 

‘Southampton and Stoke, it’s all on them. Are they capable or winning two or three matches, I’m not sure they are,’ he concluded.  

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