We’ve just witnessed what could be a pivotal week in the race for the Premier League title 2018/19.
Pep’s Man City machine has turned around the recent points deficit and now sit top of the table knowing that a win in each of their last 9 games has their title retained.
Back-to-back 1-0 victories over West Ham and Bournemouth coupled with Liverpool’s dropped points at Old Trafford and Goodison, have given the men from the Etihad a single point advantage heading into the latter stages of the season.
Klopp’s men need to regroup and quickly. Four draws their previous six league games, five in seven if you include the Champions League is not the form required in February / March in order to become legends.
It’s worth remembering that just a few weeks ago Klopp’s side could have been 10 points ahead had they managed to despatch City at the turn of the year. Plus Riyad Mahrez’s missed stoppage time penalty kick at Anfield inflicted an earlier defeat on the Kop faithful.
All change now!
Due to the participation in the FA Cup, City’s run will be slightly disjointed from that of their title rivals, only two domestic league games in March could take the numerical advantage back to Merseyside should they deliver and turn recent draws into much needed wins.
Below are the remaining fixtures for each side in the quest to be crowned champions of England;
09/03/19 – Watford (H)
30/03/19– Fulham (A)
06/04/19 – Cardiff (H)
14/04/19 – Crystal Palace (A)
20/04/19 – Tottenham (H)
24/04/19 – Man Utd (A)
28/04/19 – Burnley (A)
04/05/19 – Leicester (H)
12/05/19 – Brighton (A)
10/03/09 – Burnley (H)
17/03/19 – Fulham (A)
31/03/19 – Tottenham (H)
05/04/19 – Southampton (A)
14/04/19 – Chelsea (H)
21/04/19 – Cardiff (A)
26/04/19 – Huddersfield (H)
04/05/19 – Newcastle (A)
12/05/19 – Wolves (H)
On paper the Manchester-based side have the easier run, but we all know that games and more importantly titles are not won on paper.
Spurs who have had what appears to be there annual wobble have to visit both title-hunting clubs and with pressure off they could get into their free flowing rhythm and cause an upset on the day.
Man Utd having recently taken points off Liverpool may find themselves in a catch 22 in mid-April. Win and they have the bragging rights of the City, lose and they may just have handed their biggest rivals their 1st title since 1990.
Could there even be a stranger twist brought about by recent event? Brendan Rodgers will take his hit -and-miss Leicester side to City in the penultimate game. Having seen the title slip away (pun intended) before being sacked – he could now play a pivotal role in derailing Pep’s men with little time remaining to recover.
One thing we believe for certain is that this title race is nowhere near over. Liverpool we believe will actually prefer to be the chaser rather than the chased.
An interesting few weeks ahead and games which will define legacies. It’s that important.
Liverpool and City image sourced from; www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football