The Premier League Title race
With 9 games remaining in the Premier League the title race is the closest it has been for years. City faced Bournemouth on the weekend and Liverpool did not have to travel far as they faced Everton in the Merseyside derby. City did not have the best of games against Bournemouth, however, Mahrez came off the bench to score. Bournemouth could not even muster up a single shot and the game finished 0-1. Liverpool played the day after knowing that anything but a win would mean they finish the weekend in second. Liverpool were wasteful of their chances and Salah could not covert the best two opportunities of the match and the game ended 0-0 meaning City are currently top of the Premier League.
Every game will be difficult from now on and the pressure will be on every time Liverpool grace the field. Their remaining matches are four away games against Fulham, Southampton, Cardiff, and Newcastle and their remaining home games are against Burnley, Spurs, Chelsea, Huddersfield, and Wolves. The away games seem winnable on paper; however, all these teams are trying to avoid the drop and will be fighting in each match so Liverpool will have to be careful not to slip up. There are two tough home fixtures in there where they have to face Spurs and Chelsea who will also be fighting for top four and will be looking to win their games.
Manchester City, on the other hand, face Watford, Cardiff, Spurs, and Leicester at home and then have to travel to Fulham, Crystal Palace, Man United, Burnley, and Brighton meaning they have one more away game than Liverpool does. The toughest games that city have to play in these fixtures are away to United and home to Spurs. Spurs have now been brought into the top four battle and will want to make sure that they don’t miss out on the Champions League and the same goes for United. It will be a difficult situation for United as they are watching their two rivals fight it out for the title. The feeling is that United supporters prefer City to win the title, however, this doesn’t mean that they will let City win their match against them.
The title will be deiced on very fine margins and Liverpool have had a slight dip in form at the wrong time in the season. The other cup competitions such as the Champions League and FA Cup might also have an effect on the team’s performances in the League. Both teams will be looking to win all of their remaining games and hope the other one slips up.