With City and Spurs winning their games and Liverpool only drawing against West Ham, the title race is on and it’s tighter than ever. Guardiola’s men are now only three points behind Klopp’s team, with Spurs’ also closing in having won 13 of their last 16 games in the league. Wednesday’s game between Everton and Manchester City could see the blue side of Manchester take the lead in the EPL on goal difference and given their superior squad depth, they might just hold on to first place till the end.
Liverpool have experienced some ill-timed injuries in midfield and defence recently and they do not quite boast the squad depth City do, in terms of quality of players. Guardiola can leave the likes of Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus, Riyad Mahrez, John Stones and Benjamin Mendy out of his starting eleven and still dominate Arsenal. Meanwhile, Klopp had to settle for Camacho, Curtis Jones, Origi, Sturridge, Mignolet and Moreno on the bench.
In terms of upcoming top six fixtures, Liverpool face Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester United, two of those games being at home. Manchester City go to Old Trafford and host Chelsea and Spurs. The harder fixtures are quite similar. However, while both English teams face German opposition in Europe, Liverpool have to handle a difficult tie against current Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich while City face the unfancied Schalke 04. Bayern seem to be getting in good form right ahead of their Round of 16 match against an old foe whom they have bested multiple times: Jurgen Klopp.
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Pochettino’s Spurs will be the outsiders in the race for the title. They still have to visit Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City, not to mention navigating through a feisty Londonian derby against their nemesis Arsenal. They also face strong Champions League opposition in current German league leaders Borussia Dortmund. One undesirable advantage Poch and Klopp could have would be to be dumped out of the Champions League early. With City also playing the League Cup final and still alive in the FA Cup, fatigue will accumulate and could offset them having a better squad depth.
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Needless to say, a titillating title race is coming fast in the English Premier League. Will it finally be Liverpool’s year? Will Pep win a second consecutive title? Can Spurs get their hands on a long awaited trophy? Only time will tell.
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