The key dates that will decide the Premier League title race between Man City and Liverpool
Four points separate Manchester City from Liverpool at the top of the Premier League, with just 16 games of the season remaining.
Liverpool look imperious this season, and returned to winning ways at Brighton last weekend following the crucial defeat to City at the start of the year.
But City have started 2019 in some style after a Christmas period that saw them fall eight points behind Liverpool. 21 goals in four games this year – and just one conceded – shows they have started the year how they mean to go on.
Having taken four points from Liverpool, City cannot affect what their rivals do in the league any more this season, a fact Pep Guardiola is keen to stress whenever he is asked about chasing down the Reds.
We’ve looked at the remaining fixture list and identified the key fixtures for each side as they look to lift the Premier League trophy on the final day of the season.
Manchester City vs Arsenal (Sunday February 3)
Liverpool have already played Arsenal twice, and this game represents City’s outstanding fixture against the ‘Big Six.’ A 2-0 win on the opening day at the Emirates sent City on their way, but depending on which Arsenal side turn up there is potential to lose more ground over Liverpool.
West Ham vs Liverpool (Monday February 4)
Luckily for City, Liverpool don’t play until the following day so the pressure on them would be to match or capitalise on the result against Arsenal. West Ham have beaten Manchester United and Arsenal at home this season and are revitalised of late, so could prove a tricky opponent for Liverpool.
Manchester City vs Chelsea (Sunday February 10)
Chelsea inflicted City’s first defeat of the season and started their poor run through December, so Pep Guardiola will be looking for revenge. Maurizio Sarri’s side have a good record against their fellow top six sides and is arguably City’s toughest remaining fixture.
Manchester United vs Liverpool (Sunday February 24)
Not only is a trip to Old Trafford a difficult fixture at any time, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has United competing again and will be a different opponent to the side that lost at Anfield in Jose Mourinho‘s last game.
Another side-plot to this game is that the first-legs of the Champions League last-16 ties take place the midweek before the fixture, and Liverpool have a huge game against Bayern Munich to contend with. With City all-but guaranteed a place in the Carabao Cup final, they will not have a league fixture that weekend so will be hoping to gain ground without kicking a Premier League ball.
Everton vs Liverpool (Weekend of March 2)
Liverpool have a good record against Everton, but any Merseyside Derby is difficult and offers a chance for dropping points.
Manchester United vs Manchester City (Weekend of March 16)
The big one. Like Liverpool’s fixture at Old Trafford three weeks before, United won’t roll over as they did in the reverse fixture. Liverpool face Fulham on this weekend, and it is another gameweek that immediately follows a Champions League midweek fixture – but City will hope their tie against Schalke is won as early as possible.
Liverpool vs Tottenham (Weekend of March 30)
Tottenham have had mixed fortunes against the top six so far this season, and could help City in their title bid.
Liverpool vs Chelsea (Weekend of April 13)
Chelsea won in this fixture in the Carabao Cup, and can do City a massive favour at a crucial stage of the season with another win. It is the same fixture that Liverpool slipped up when they last had a realistic run at the title, and it will surely be in the minds of a nervous Anfield crowd.
Manchester City vs Tottenham (Weekend of April 20)
With four games remaining, this fixture could make or break City’s title hopes.
Liverpool vs Wolves, Brighton vs Manchester City (Weekend of May 12)
The last game, and City face a long away trip. Brighton have a good home record, but should be safe with nothing to play for. Liverpool on the other hand face Wolves who have beaten Liverpool in the cup recently and raise their game against the top sides.