Premier League Title Race

The Premier League title race has started to heat up over the past couple of weeks. Manchester City currently sits atop the standings with Liverpool hot on its heels and Tottenham just behind. So, who is going to the top of the tree come May?

This season’s title race has been one of the closest for years. Liverpool has led the way for most of the campaign but Manchester City leapfrogged to the top last weekend after the Reds failed to get all three points from the Merseyside Derby.

Let’s take a closer look at how each of the three contenders could win the title.

Manchester City

City has been completely unplayable at points this season and they find themselves top once again despite Liverpool’s blistering form. Pep Guardiola’s side still has to face the likes of Manchester United and Tottenham in the run in. These fixtures could cause a hiccup for the likes of Raheem Sterling and Fernandinho as both sides have had a turn-around in form of late. United, in particular, will be looking to add the scalp of their local rivals to their recent list of impressive victories.

The Blues also must face the likes of Fulham, Cardiff, Crystal Palace and Leicester. Both the Cottagers and the Foxes have recently brought in new managers in Brenden Rodgers and Scott Parker. They will be hoping to find form and there is no better fixture to win than the champions. So, you can bet your life that they and everyone involved in the remaining nine fixtures will be looking to beat the champions.

City is also still in contention for two other trophies. They still will face Schalke for a spot in the next round of the Champions League as well as Swansea in the quarterfinals of the FA Cup.

However, personally, I believe that the fixtures against United and Spurs are the only potential speed bumps for Pep Guardiola’s men but that is not to say the others could pull off a result.

Remaining Premier League fixtures:

Watford (H), Fulham (A), Cardiff (H), Crystal Palace (A), Tottenham (H), Manchester United (A), Burnley (A), Leicester (H) and Brighton (A)

Liverpool

The word ruthless has been used to describe Liverpool this season and you can’t disagree with that. However, it seems that over the past few weeks the Reds’ ruthless nature in front of goal has died down. Are teams starting to work Liverpool out? Draws have been the major downfall for Jürgen Klopp’s side in recent times. They shared the points with Everton, Manchester United, West Ham, and Leicester, teams they beat earlier on in the season.

Klopp’s men have some tough fixtures ahead of them in the next couple of weeks. They still must face the likes of Tottenham, Chelsea, and Wolves. All three of these teams are chasing European football for next season and a win at Anfield could massively boost their hopes. Much like City, they also have a Champions League second league to fit into their schedule, the likes of Andy Robertson and Virgil Van Dijk have to travel to Germany to face Bayern Munich. However, unlike the blues, Liverpool doesn’t have a FA Cup fixture to add which could work in their favor.

Looking at the fixture list, the Reds have some very tough trips ahead of them. Finding their blistering early season form will be key if they are to reach the summit come to the end of May.

Remaining Premier League fixtures:

Burnley (H), Fulham (A), Tottenham (H), Southampton (A), Chelsea (H), Cardiff (A), Huddersfield (H), Newcastle (A) and Wolves (H)

Tottenham

However unlikely it is for Tottenham to win the league this time around, it would just be rude not to include them in this bracket. Spurs have had an up-and-down season. One moment they look like world beaters and the next they look ordinary. Mauricio Pochettino has significantly changed their fortunes over the past couple of years. A few top-quality signings in the next transfer window could propel them toward becoming title contenders.

As previously mentioned, Tottenham has to play both of the top two – difficult fixtures for Harry Kane and his men. A huge boost over the recent weeks is the return of both Kane Son Heung-Min to boost the Spurs’ in attack. With the imminent return of Deli Alli, Tottenham could have a huge say in where the title ends up.

As well as the top two Spurs are still in the Champions League after a brilliant two-legged affair with Borussia Dortmund. If the Premier League isn’t their main aim, maybe a good Champions League run could be the focus. It is very unlikely that Tottenham will win the league this year, but they can have a huge say in whether the title has blue or red ribbons at the end of the campaign.

Remaining Premier League fixtures:

Southampton (A), Crystal Palace (H), Liverpool (A), Brighton (H), Huddersfield (H), Manchester City (A), West Ham (H), Bournemouth (A) and Everton (H)

In summation, I think that the trophy will be Manchester City’s come to the end of the season. I believe they will avoid major hiccups in their remaining games. That will be very harsh on Liverpool as they have only lost one league game all year. However, their season can be a success with a major title challenge and the only step up is to lift the trophy next year.

 

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