as reported by the sentinel.co.uk,

Gary Neville believes Stoke City can yet escape relegation from the Premier League.. .but doesn’t think they will.

The Sky Sports pundit was on duty for last night’s 1-1 draw at West Ham , and in his post-match analysis the former Manchester United defender said: “I think that goal from Andy Carroll is a hammer blow for Stoke, I really do

“(Stoke manager) Paul Lambert says they can win three games . Well yes they could, no doubt about that, but I don’t think they will. I don’t think there’s anything we’ve seen to suggest that they will, and it would be a huge shock if they did.”

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Stoke are now level on 28 points with Southampton in the top-flight relegation zone, still five points adrift of safety. They also have a much poorer goal difference compared to most of their rivals.

Next up are high-flying Burnley at the bet365 Stadium on Sunday, followed by a trip to Liverpool the following Saturday. The Potters complete their programme with a home game against Crystal Palace and a final-day trip to relegation rivals Swansea.

Neville told Sky: “West Brom are gone, but those two teams (Stoke and Southampton) have to go and do something that’s out of the ordinary if they are to survive.

“Southampton have to win their next two matches. They have to go and beat Leicester and Bournemouth to have a chance.

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

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“They’ll start to get nervous and all sorts of things could start coming into play. The anxiety could spread among those clubs up towards Brighton.

“So Southampton and Stoke, it’s all on them. But are they capable of winning two or three matches? I’m not sure they are.”

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