Manchester City and Liverpool: Who will win the Premier League title?

Either Jurgen Klopp or Pep Guardiola will be celebrating the Premier League title come the end of the season

With the 2018-19 Premier League season coming to a close, we take a look at the title race as Manchester City and Liverpool go head-to-head in an entertaining two horse race.

Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp’s Reds currently sit at the top of the Premier League table, with 79 points from 32 games.

A dramatic 2-1 win over Spurs gave Liverpool a much-needed three points after Manchester City cruised past 19th-placed Fulham at Craven Cottage.

Despite City having a game in-hand over their title rivals, Liverpool are refusing to back down.

Toby Alderweireld’s 90th minute own goal gifted the hosts the victory, after Lucas Moura cancelled out Roberto Firmino’s opener.

Reds prevail: Mohammed Salah celebrates Liverpool’s 90th minute winner against Spurs. [checkpointcharley.net]

Liverpool will finish on 97 points if they win their last six games of the season, though, that may not be enough to stop Pep Guardiola’s side from winning the title thanks to a superior goal difference. Let’s take a look at Liverpool’s last six remaining fixtures:-

  • Southampton (A) – Liverpool ran out 3-0 winners in the reverse fixture in September.
  • Chelsea (H) – Chelsea remain just one point off the Champions League places in 6th.
  • Cardiff City (A) – Relegation threatened Cardiff City will be desperate for the points, with Huddersfield Town already relegated to the Sky Bet Championship.
  • Huddersfield Town (H) – The Terriers are already down and Liverpool will be hoping to rub salt into the wounds at Anfield.
  • Newcastle United (A) – Current Newcastle United and former Reds boss Rafa Benitez will be hoping to avoid a repeat of a 4-0 thrashing in December.
  • Wolverhampton Wanderers (H) – A tense finale against a well organised Wolves side, Klopp will be hoping his side can turn their fortunes around following a 2-1 FA Cup third round defeat at Molineux.

Manchester City

Arguably favourites to pip Liverpool to the title, Manchester City are aiming to lift the Premier League trophy for the second consecutive season, sitting on 77 points from 31 games, with a game in hand over their rivals.

A comfortable 2-0 win over Fulham at the weekend gave Guardiola’s side their 25th win of the campaign, with goals from Bernardo Silva and Sergio Aguero putting them a step closer to their end goal.

Blue moon rises: Sergio Aguero is surrounded by his team-mates after scoring City’s second at Craven Cottage. [sportingnews.com]

Winning their last seven games would put City on 98 points at the end of the campaign, and despite a Centurion-winning title campaign last season, it’s still very impressive reading for an equally impressive team.

Not forgetting City’s 2-1 win over Liverpool in January, with the Champions inflicting the Reds’ first defeat of the campaign after Leroy Sane’s second-half winner. Firmino had equalised for the Reds just after the hour mark, cancelling out Aguero’s superb opener.

Let’s take a look at City’s last seven remaining Premier League fixture

Cardiff City (H) – A tough test against Neil Warnock’s resilient Bluebirds who are fighting for survival in the Premier League.

Crystal Palace (A) – Palace will prove a tricky test for City, with trickery and pace in abundance.

Tottenham Hotspur (H) – City still have to play Spurs three times, including twice in the Champions League last eight.

Manchester United (A) – City’s neighbours have ambitions of their own in qualifying for the Champions League, though, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s revived side may prove a stern test.

Burnley (A) – Burnley are also fighting for their lives at the wrong end of the table, with a resolute display at Turf Moor always proving an issue for the big teams.

Leicester City (H) – Brendan Rodgers’ Foxes are comfortably in mid-table and City will see this as a game where they can pick up three points

Brighton & Hove Albion (A) – 15th placed Brighton & Hove Albion have remained inconsistent throughout this season, but Premier League survival will be their main objective.