Sunday 26 May 2019

Race for the Premier League title: With six games to go for Man City and Liverpool, here are the predictions

Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola
Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola
Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp

Jim van Wijk

Liverpool and Manchester City are set to battle it out for the Premier League title over the closing matches of the season.

City moved a point ahead of their rivals after a comfortable win against Cardiff on Wednesday night and here is a look at how the run-in could unfold.

Southampton v Liverpool (April 5)

With no midweek match for Liverpool, Pep Guardiola's moved back to the summit by beating Cardiff and Liverpool will be playing catch-up when they play Southampton on Friday night at St Mary's Stadium. Another strong showing should see them leapfrog City once again.

Prediction:

1. Liverpool: Played 33 Points 82

2. Man City: Played 32 Points 80

Crystal Palace v Manchester City; Liverpool v Chelsea (April 14)

With Liverpool not in FA Cup semi-final action like City are, Jurgen Klopp's squad will face something of a wait before they can get back to the title battle. City will be first up on Sunday, April 14 with a potentially tricky trip to Selhurst Park. You suspect the Eagles still need a couple of results to secure their own survival and Roy Hodgson's side have already shown City what they can do with a superb 3-2 win at the Etihad Stadium before Christmas, so City could drop points again. Liverpool will know just what they have to do when Chelsea run out at a packed Anfield later on the same day - win. Game on.

Prediction:

1. Liverpool: Played 34 Points 85

2. Man City: Played 33 Points 81

Manchester City v Tottenham (April 20); Cardiff v Liverpool (April 21)

Despite their late defensive mishap proving so cost against Liverpool on Sunday, Spurs were just moments away from leaving Anfield with a hard-earned draw. Mauricio Pochettino's men have enough quality to cause City problems, and with Cardiff still battling on, both of the title rivals could drop points.

Prediction:

1. Liverpool: Played 35 Points 86

2. Man City: Played 34 Points 82

Manchester United v Manchester City (April 24); Liverpool v Huddersfield (April 26)

United would love nothing more than to silence the 'noisy neighbours' - just like they did last season in delaying City's title party after fighting back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at the Etihad. With Liverpool at home to already-relegated Huddersfield on the Friday night, it could prove a decisive blow.

Prediction:

1. Liverpool: Played 36 Points 89

2. Man City: Played 35 Points 82

Burnley v Manchester City (April 28)

Turf Moor will host what could well be City's last stand in their title challenge. The Clarets are likely to still be looking over their shoulder at the relegation zone, but expect City to come through and leave the champagne on ice at Anfield for a while longer.

Prediction:

1. Liverpool: Played 36 Points 89

2. Man City: Played 36 Points 85

Manchester City v Leicester; Newcastle v Liverpool (May 4)

With potential Champions League fixtures and broadcast schedules yet to be confirmed, it remains to be seen which of the title rivals will play their penultimate match first. City, though, will have no margin for error against the Foxes. With the title in sight, Liverpool should be able to pick up at least a point on Tyneside, just to keep things interesting. Who said this was going to be easy?

Prediction:

1. Liverpool: Played 37 Points 90

2. Man City: Played 37 Points 88

Brighton v Manchester City; Liverpool v Wolves (May 12)

So after gazing into our crystal ball, it will all come down to the last day of the season. Well, maybe. It would, though, be a fitting way for Liverpool to finally end their long wait for the title, with victory over Wolves - who could just have one eye on the FA Cup final - in front of their own fans at Anfield.

Prediction:

1. Liverpool: Played 38 Points 93

2. Man City: Played 38 Points 91

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