The race for the Premier League title is back, but Manchester City have the advantage

The race for the Premier League title is back, but Manchester City have the advantage

However, a draw or defeat for City would allow the chasing Liverpool quartet a chance to steal and snatch the title away from the defending champions.

Three years ago, City beat Liverpool for the Premier League title by a point, and they will be favorites to do so again.

Since a 2-2 draw with Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium on 10 April, City have comfortably won their next three home games, scoring 13 goals.

Ahead of Sunday’s round of matches, Guardiola’s side also took a week off, while Villa played on Thursday, drawing 1-1 with Burnley. Liverpool were also in the middle of the week, winning 2-1 at Southampton.

The model book notes Liverpool’s victory over Wolverhampton at Anfield on Sunday. Since losing away to Leicester on December 28, Liverpool have not lost, winning 14 of their last 17 league games.

Should Liverpool win the title, Jurgen Klopp’s side have a chance to secure an unprecedented quadruple by beating Real Madrid in the Champions League final on May 28 at the Stade de France in Paris.

“We reached the final in everything we competed for,” Klopp said before Sunday’s game against Wolverhampton.

“Two domestic cups, the European Cup – and moving the Premier League to the last round is the equivalent of reaching the final. To say I am proud of our team and club is to say the least.”

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Ten years ago, City almost caused chaos in a home match in similar circumstances against Queens Park Rangers – until Sergio Aguero made his mark in the 94th minute.

With City trailing 2-1 in the 92nd minute but requiring a win over Queens Park Rangers to win their first English Premier League title in 44 years, Edin Dzeko equalized.

Then, at 93:20 in the final minute of the match, Aguero slashed his way through QPR’s defense and fired a winner to secure victory and clinch the 2011/12 Premier League.

Aguero’s goal has been immortalized in the form of a statue outside the Etihad Stadium, it was revealed earlier this month.

Fight to the end

Sunday’s game at the Etihad is likely to offer plenty of plot twists.

Aston Villa’s manager is former Liverpool star Steven Gerrard, who would surely love to help deliver a title to a club he couldn’t win as a player.

Villa’s current squad also includes former Liverpool players – Philippe Coutinho and Danny Ings.

“It’s more difficult [to win the Premier League]”There are a lot of weeks, matches and struggles with injuries, bad moments and strong opponents,” Guardiola told City’s website.

Pep Guardiola has led Manchester City to three Premier League titles since becoming the club's manager.

“Success has been there all the time in the past five years, except for the year when Liverpool were unstoppable,” Guardiola added, referring to Klopp’s team winning the Premier League title in the 2019/2020 season.

“It’s every day, when you fight in the Premier League and you fight to the end, it gives you happiness. You are happier when you win.

“It’s not a cup, it’s a routine. Doing a chore is the most difficult of our lives.”

After 370 Premier League games this season, eight of Sunday’s 10 games have implications for the title, qualification for next season’s European competitions, or relegation to the Championship.

Tottenham Hotspur could secure Champions League football by avoiding defeat to already-sloping Norwich – and denying rivals Arsenal in the process.

With Norwich City and Watford already relegated, Burnley must match Leeds United’s result to ensure the safety of the Premier League.

The Premier League is Manchester City's last chance to win trophies this season.

But if this season has taught us anything, expect the unexpected on both ends of the scale.

According to Opta, this season is the first in the history of the competition where it is mathematically possible for each position to change going into the final round of matches.

2022-05-22 09:17:00

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