Premier League Title Race Sunday Preview
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Sunday 14th April could be seen retrospectively as a huge day in the title race of 2018/19, with both Liverpool and Manchester City in action. Firstly, Manchester City travel to Crystal Palace, who pulled off a shock win at the Etihad Stadium in the reverse fixture.
Crystal Palace v Manchester City - Eagles Looking for Second Manchester City Shock
Crystal Palace’s home form has been well below par, taking three points off just two teams in their last eight Premier League matches at home. However, despite their poor home record in terms of points haulage, The Eagles have scored in eight consecutive home matches across all competitions.
This marks a distinct change for a side that has generally struggled for goals throughout the season. A good start will be vital if Palace are to upset the odds, with Roy Hodgson’s men leading at half time in a majority of their league wins this season.
Manchester City, meanwhile, have been on fire since the turn of the year, winning nearly all of their competitive matches. Goals have been flying in, and with Pep Guardiola’s men still averaging well over three goals per match across all competitions, the quadruple dream remains a realistic goal.
Additionally, City also boast the Premier League’s best win-rate from games they entered as the bookmakers’ favourite. Naturally, Sergio Agüero will be the danger man for City as ever, with the Argentinian hotshot ending March on the back of nine goals in eight league games.
Liverpool v Chelsea - Can Liverpool Erase Chelsea Nightmare?
Five years ago, this fixture became infamous as one of the key fixtures in the demise of Liverpool's 2013/14 title challenge under Brendan Rodgers.
Given Chelsea’s erratic away form, Liverpool are huge favourites in the Premier League spread betting matchday market, having won all Premier League home games, bar one.
The Reds have since proved that their 1-1 Anfield draw with Leicester in January was an anomaly, subsequently winning four successive home games in the Premier League, and scoring 3+ goals on three occasions.
Consistency is the key behind every successful title race, and Liverpool’s first-half home PL performances certainly have that in abundance. Indeed, prior to their 2-1 win over Tottenham, Liverpool had netted exactly twice before the break, with Sadio Mané scoring at least once in each of their three prior home wins in the league.
Chelsea’s last trip to Merseyside, in the form of Liverpool’s rivals Everton, began promisingly, and better finishing could well have seen them take a handsome lead into the Goodison Park dressing room after a dominant first half. As we know, the tables turned to hand Everton a 2-0 win, and mark a dreadful return to L4 for Ross Barkley.
Despite winning at Cardiff in their next away league game, Chelsea were far from convincing in the Welsh capital, taking full points at the death in controversial fashion.
Chelsea have, however, now won their last three Premier League games, and Sarri will be encouraged by the fact that two of those wins, against Brighton and West Ham, also saw Chelsea secure victory without reply.
Who is the Current Favourite to win the Premier League?
Despite facing what many believe to be a more difficult run-in than Liverpool, Manchester City remain narrow favourites in the current Premier League Outright Index, with their title spread standing at 50-53 ahead of Sunday.
Liverpool may lead the Premier League at the moment but the fact remains that City still have the destination of the title in their own hands, having played one less game than Liverpool.
Liverpool also have a rich history of surrendering Premier League title leads. The Reds led the league on the Christmas Day, just as they did in 1996, 2008 and 2013. On all previous occasions, a club from Manchester has overhauled the Merseysiders’ lead to snatch the title.
Of course, a huge difference between the Liverpool squads of yesteryear and the current crop is the presence of Virgil Van Dijk. Aggressive, pragmatic and disciplined in healthy measures, the £75m Dutchman has also established himself as a set-piece hero. So too have defensive wingers Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson, the latter of whom is a genuine contender to be the club’s player of the season.
Additionally, the fact that City’s game in hand comes at Old Trafford will further boost the beliefs of Liverpool fans, most of whom feel that they have been starved of English football’s greatest prize for too long. Though City won the Old Trafford derby last season, nothing is guaranteed on derby day.
Furthermore, with the last three games of the season looking set to give the two title contenders maximum points, everything will likely hinge on the next two weeks.
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