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Premier League title race: Manchester City & Liverpool fixtures and analysis of the run-in for both sides

Sporting Life goes inside the title race as Liverpool challenge champions Manchester City
Sporting Life goes inside the title race as Liverpool challenge champions Manchester City

Liverpool buried the ghosts of facing Chelsea at Anfield but Man City still have it in their own hands. We look at what that does for the rest of a pulsating title race.

We are right at the sharp end now with the final push for the Premier League title coming up in the next few weeks. Liverpool lead but Man City still have that game in hand meaning they control their own destiny, but they have a couple of tasty games still left to play.


Remaining fixtures

Man City: Tottenham (H) Man United (A) Burnley (A) Leicester (H) Brighton (A)

Liverpool: Cardiff City (A) Huddersfield Town (H) Newcastle United (A) Wolves (H)


Below, we look back at the drama of what's become a thrilling two-horse racing since March - and how the odds have changed - before analysing the pulsating run-in...

Matchday 30

Saturday March 9: Man City 3-1 Watford

Sunday March 10: Liverpool 4-2 Burnley

As it stands..

  1. Man City P30 W24 D2 L4 GD+58 Pts74
  2. Liverpool P30 W22 D7 L1 GD+51 Pts73

Man City moved four points clear on Saturday evening thanks to Raheem Sterling's hat-trick - albeit with more than a hint of offside about the opener. It was enough though to pile all the pressure on Liverpool though, who then conceded a controversial early goal against Burnley.

The Reds responded well by banging four goals in and looking a lot more like their old selves in front of goals, especially Sadio Mane who was picking up the mantle from Mohamed Salah with the Egyptian playing well but not scoring.

Title odds: Man City 1/3 | Liverpool 11/4


Matchday 31

Sunday March 17: Fulham 1-2 Liverpool

*Man City playing in the FA Cup

As it stands..

  • Liverpool P31 W23 D7 L1 GD+52 Pts76
  • Man City P30 W24 D2 L4 GD+58 Pts74

With Man City in FA Cup action, The Reds had the chance to go back to the top of the table and they were cruising at Fulham until a huge defensive mix-up between the usually excellent Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker gifted Ryan Babel a goal cheered on more in Manchester than west London.

James Milner rescued the three points though as he kept his cool to convert a l ate penalty after Sadio Mane, again Liverpool's goal scorer, was brought down. Jurgen Klopp summed up his Sunday in the dugout as "Average game - massive result!"

Title odds: Man City 4/11 | Liverpool 2/1


Matchday 32

Saturday March 30: Fulham 0-2 Man City

Sunday March 31: Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham

Business as usual for Man City at Fulham on Saturday lunchtime, this time with Bernardo Silva taking a starring role with a goal and assist for Sergio Aguero to get his now customary goal. An early goal meant there was no real drama down at Craven Cottage as City went back to the top of the table and pile the pressure back on Liverpool.

That pressure didn't seem to be weighing heavy on the Reds as they dominated Spurs in the first half, but the visitors hit back in the second to level as nerves started to fray on the Kop. The hosts kept plugging away though, and Hugo Lloris' error led to a 90th minute own goal from Toby Alderweireld - send Anfield into delirium and sending Liverpool back to the top of the table. What a title race this is turning out to be!


Man City game in hand

Wednesday April 3: Man City 2-0 Cardiff

Kevin De Bruyne: The Belgian celebrates his early goal for Man City against Cardiff
Kevin De Bruyne: The Belgian celebrates his early goal for Man City against Cardiff

City cruised to victory at the Etihad, thanks to first-half goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Leroy Sane.

Like the Fulham game, they were comfortable throughout and now have an 11-day break before their next league game. No rest though, with FA Cup involvement v Brighton followed by their Champions League quarter-final first leg with Spurs.

The result lifted Pep Guardiola's side a point above Liverpool with both teams having six games to play.

As it stands..

  • Man City P32 W26 D2 L4 GD+62 Pts80
  • Liverpool P32 W24 D7 L1 GD+53 Pts79

Title odds: Man City 4/9 | Liverpool 15/8


Matchday 33

Friday April 5: Southampton 1-3 Liverpool

Saturday April 6: Man City v Brighton in FA Cup semi-final

City's continued quest for the quadruple means that Liverpool had the chance to go back ahead, but it did not look good as they conceded early against a vastly-improved Saints side.

It was a performance full of character though as Klopp's men left it late to win the game at St Mary's with subs James Milner and Jordan Henderson changing the momentum of the game and Salah scoring wonderful solo effort.

As it stands..

  • Liverpool P33 W25 D7 L1 GD+55 Pts82
  • Man City P32 W26 D2 L4 GD+62 Pts80

Tuesday April 9

Champions League quarter-finals

Liverpool v Porto & Tottenham v Man City


Matchday 34

Sunday April 14

Crystal Palace 1-3 Manchester City

Liverpool 2-0 Chelsea

Man City made no mistakes at Selhurst Park with Raheem Sterling doing the damage with a brace before Gabriel Jesus finished the Eagles off - putting City back to the top and piling all the pressure back on Liverpool.

But once again Liverpool responded against their bogey team of recent years Chelsea with a fine performance at Anfield - Sadio Mane nodding them ahead before Mo Salah scored an absolute screamer to give them three vital points to go back to the top of the table.

As it stands..

  • Liverpool P34 W26 D7 L1 GD+57 Pts85
  • Man City P33 W27 D2 L4 GD+64 Pts83

Title odds: Man City 4/5 | Liverpool 11/10


Wednesday April 17

Champions League quarter-finals

Man City v Tottenham & Porto v Liverpool


Matchday 35

Saturday April 20: Manchester City v Tottenham (1230)

Sunday April 21: Cardiff City v Liverpool (1600)

It's a recurring theme that City seem to be playing first a lot of the time down the stretch, and this time the fact they're playing Saturday lunchtime after a Champions League game is negated by the fact it's their European opponents Tottenham who have to make the second trip to the Etihad in three days.

They'll be sick of the sight of each other by the time this game's over and you've got to think that over a three-game stretch in such a short space of time, City's extra squad strength and depth will see them through.

Cardiff will be fighting for their Premier League lives so it'll be another tough afternoon at the office for Liverpool in what should be a cracking atmosphere down in the Welsh capital.


City game in hand

Wednesday April 24

Manchester United v Manchester City (2000)

Where do we start with this one!? There are all kinds of factors going into this game, perhaps more so off the pitch than on it as if it's still close United fans will almost certainly rather City go on to win the league than arch rivals Liverpool.

The players will think a little differently though, especially with a place in the top four up for grabs, and it is a local derby game after all. This is arguably the most fascinating game of the entire run-in and could provide the strangest atmosphere at Old Trafford depending on the current state of play in the title race.

Would United's fans really be celebrating if their team beat City to help Liverpool take a step closer to a 9th league title?


Matchday 36

Friday April 26: Liverpool v Huddersfield Town (2000)

Sunday April 28: Burnley v Manchester City (1405)

A second Friday night game for Liverpool in a weekend that ordinarily would be an easy couple of wins for the best two teams in the league against two strugglers - but funny things can happen in a title race at this very late stage.

Huddersfield could have already been relegated by this stage but Burnley should still be in there fighting for their survival, and a Sunday afternoon game at Turf Moor has provided plenty of problems for big teams over the last season or so - it's no gimme at this stage.


Matchday 37

Saturday May 4 15:00 Newcastle United v Liverpool

Saturday May 4 15:00 Manchester City v Leicester City

*Times/days subject to moving for TV

Another couple of fascinating encounters with two former Liverpool managers providing the opposition for our title contenders, which adds an extra twist in their penultimate scheduled fixtures.

Rafa Benitez has already done Liverpool a favour this season by beating City at St James' Park, but can Brendan Rodgers do the same with a Leicester side that has already beaten City once this season?

Newcastle's home form has kept their heads above water all season and reds fans will just hope that there's nothing really on the line for the hosts by this stage.


Matchday 38

Sunday May 12

15:00 Brighton v Manchester City

15:00 Liverpool v Wolves

All signs are pointing to the possibility that it could all come down to these final games, which would be one of the most thrilling title chases for years. Brighton are certainly better at home than away, and they could be after revenge for an FA Cup semi-final defeat as well as clearing up any lingering relegation issues.

Liverpool have the advantage of playing at home but Wolves will provide the toughest test outside of facing one of the top six sides, and they'll be able to play with freedom with nothing to lose at the end of a fabulous debut season in the Premier League.

If it comes down to these games we're all in for one exciting final Sunday.


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