Neville and Carragher double-act lays down the punditry law on Sky Sports: Alan McKinlay's TV column – Alan McKinlay

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The title sounds like a legal firm, and Neville and Carragher (Sky Sports) may have just laid down the law for a better style of football punditry.

Banter?

Certainly. What else would you expect from two ex-players who always wore their hearts on their sleeves.

Insider knowledge?

Both men have recently played with or against most of the Premier Leage stars they will be analysing this season.

Facts to back up their opinions?

Hang on a minute, that’s a new one. The Sky Sports researchers have done a great job of providing the tools for N & C to construct – or dismantle – any argument.

And arguments there will most certainly be.

When discussing Liverpool’s promising midfielder Coutinho, Carragher suggested that he will be played on the left this season, but he would prefer him to play centrally, as he has the ability to be a classic “No.10”.

“He’s talented,” agreed Neville, but will he actually turn out to be that good, or will he be like Luis Garcia – a big bag of nothing?”

“Bit harsh on Luis,” said Carragher. “He’ll be sending me texts about that.”

Or when Neville was suggesting Manchester City will be better this season because they have wide players – and Jesus Navas in particular, so that their full-backs don’t have to try to be wingers as well.

“Mancini brought in Maicon and Kolarov to attack more, but they looked like they were wearing parachutes when they were trying to get back to defend.”

“They got them from you, didn’t they?” laughed Carragher.

“I gave mine to Phil,” came the reply.

In the this season’s game of punditry poker, Sky have just raised BT Sport’s opening bid.

It will be fascinating to see what cards the BBC’s Match of the Day are holding.

Carragher more than held his own with and against Neville, except in one area.

When it comes to driving the tactics video screen, the more experienced Neville is Schumacher to Carragher’s Noddy.

The show lasted an hour, and Neville and Carragher – expertly guided by Ed Chamberlin – gave the impression they could have gone on for two more.

More impressively, it only felt like 10 ­minutes.

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