The Premier League title is still up for grabs after the two main contenders squared off at the Etihad on Sunday. Liverpool twice came from behind to claim a 2-2 draw with Manchester City to remain a point behind the Blues at the top of the table with seven games to go.
Whereas both teams before the weekend could say that the title race was in their hands, Jurgen Klopp’s side are now reliant on a slip from City after seeing their winning streak ended by them. Pep Guardiola and his players from him held Liverpool off three years ago in a high-quality title race and will look to use that experience to claim a fourth title in five years.
However, there are 11 other Premier League teams that can have a say on where the title ends up. Amid Champions League and FA Cup fixtures, here are the games City and Liverpool must navigate as they look to find a road to victory.
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LIVERPOOL vs United
CITY vs Brighton
City could end a day off top spot in the league for the first time since December as Liverpool play a day earlier after their FA Cup semi-final. United is traditionally a huge rival for Liverpool and their fans would love nothing more than to stop Liverpool’s momentum, although while Ralf Rangnick’s side are fighting for European qualification they have shown nothing to suggest they can win games of football against good teams.
Guardiola will doubtless talk up how difficult their match with Brighton is, knowing the respect he has for Graham Potter. However, the Seagulls are not in great form with just one win in five and have slid down into mid-table.
CITY v Watford
LIVERPOOL vs Everton
Watford should be a home banker for City, despite the fact they are battling for their lives at the bottom of the table. They play a day before Liverpool, so they can either return to the top of the table if they stumbled against Brighton or stretch their lead if they were able to beat Potter’s side.
Liverpool face another huge match on paper as they play their closest rivals Everton, although the United criteria applies; they are not a good team. The first leg of the Champions League semi-final follows this round of fixtures.
Newcastle vs LIVERPOOL
Leeds vs CITY
Newcastle look to have pulled clear of trouble under Eddie Howe, currently sitting 10 points clear of the relegation zone. A trip to St. James’ Park is a potential banana skin for any team, and the Saturday lunchtime kick-off could be tested depending on the Champions League fixture list.
City take on Leeds later that day at Elland Road, another side who have picked up their form in recent weeks to pull clear of the teams in trouble. This will be the first time the Blues have played at a full house at Leeds given pandemic restrictions were still in place when they went there last season.
LIVERPOOL vs Tottenham
CITY vs Newcastle
Following the second leg of the Champions League semi-finals, Liverpool play probably the hardest game either team have remaining: Antonio Conte’s Tottenham. Spurs shocked City at the Etihad and have found their consistency recently to become the favorites to land fourth place in the table and that crucial final Champions League spot.
Newcastle at home is no gimme but it is easier than Newcastle away, and with it being closer to the end of the season there is more chance that Howe’s side will be safe. This is another fixture that the Blues will be disappointed if they drop any points from it.
Aston Villa vs LIVERPOOL
Wolves vs. CITY?
Liverpool’s rearranged game from the FA Cup semi-final has been penned in for a midweek in May, and while City’s trip to Wolves has not been confirmed there are not many other times to play it. Steven Gerrard being Villa manager adds to the narrative, although his team is struggling for consistency.
Wolves is possibly City’s toughest match remaining, with Bruno Lage’s team enjoying a terrific season and expected to still be in the hunt for European qualification at this point. There are few teams that City have struggled against more than Wolves in recent years.
Southampton vs LIVERPOOL
West Ham v CITY
Two tricky away games, complicated by the fact that one of these games will be moved because one of the teams will be in the FA Cup final. Southampton took points off City recently and have the style to hurt Liverpool, although Chelsea did show at the weekend that Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side can implode.
West Ham knocked City out of the Carabao Cup the last time the sides met in East London, even if both teams did not play their strongest XI. There is a sense that West Ham are running out of steam after a grievous run that has included an impressive run to the Europa League quarter-finals.
LIVERPOOL vs Wolves
CITY vs Villa
The final day of the season. City take on Gerrard’s Villa at the Etihad while Liverpool have the exact same fixture that they had at the end of the 2018/19 season when the Blues pipped them to the title by a point.
If the title race is still on at this point, it is set for one hell of an ending.