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Premier League title race: Who has the best fixtures – Liverpool, Man City or Arsenal?

The Premier League is heading for a classic title race, with Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal set for a three-way battle as the season enters the run-in.

Manchester City, the defending champions, are aiming to win a fourth league title in a row under Pep Guardiola – a feat that has never been achieved in the history of English football. City blew Arsenal away in last year’s run-in, but the Gunners are back in the fight this campaign.

The Premier League is now in Arsenal’s hands after Liverpool, who stood eight games away from the title, dropped points against Manchester United at Old Trafford. Jurgen Klopp has turned to mind games to put the pressure on Mikel Arteta’s challengers, who are attempting to win their first league title in 20 years.

But City are lurking, and now have a favourable run ahead of them. So, with seven games to go, which team has the best fixtures and who has the hardest run of games to end the season?


Aston Villa
Man United

The Gunners won just three of their final nine Premier League games last year, which included a four-game winless run, as they fell away in the title race.

But a 0-0 draw at the Etihad, where they were thrashed 4-1 last season, is a sign that Arsenal are tougher challengers than they were this time last year. They hold the advantage over Liverpool on goal difference, after the Reds dropped points at Old Trafford.

Could that be a sign of the twists and turns ahead? Arsenal lost the title away from home last season – with defeat at the Etihad and costly dropped points from winning positions at Anfield and the London Stadium. Their fate this season will be determined on the road again, but they are looking immense defensively away from home and have kept five clean sheets in a row after making light work of Brighton.

There are still tricky tests to come – first up against Aston Villa on Sunday and then what is shaping up to be an epic against Tottenham on Sunday 28 April. Old Trafford also looms large on the penultimate weekend of the season.

Participation in the latter stages of the Champions League will also make this season’s title race a different challenge. Arsenal will face Bayern Munich and Harry Kane in their first quarter-final since 2010, with the two legs falling either side of the home clash with Villa.

A result of Arsenal’s stunning attacking form – with eight wins in a row in the Premier League before the City draw – is the Gunners now possess the best goal difference in the Premier League. That could be crucial.


Crystal Palace
EvertonWest Ham
Aston Villa

After near misses in 2019 and 2022, Liverpool knew they must be close to perfect to dethrone Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in the title race – so a draw at Old Trafford will hurt.

Jurgen Klopp has told Liverpool not to panic, as the Reds remain right in the race. They will be hoping Arsenal slip up and take advantage of what is a favourable run of fixtures ahead of May – even if a trip to Goodison Park and a midweek Merseyside Derby represents the same sort of emotional occasion that Liverpool struggled with at Old Trafford.

Of the title contenders, Liverpool have the trickiest final-three, and the other key clashes to look out for are those against sides chasing Champions League football. Liverpool face Tottenham at Anfield before a trip to Aston Villa, giving Liverpool a tough final trio of games in May when Wolves at home on the final day is also considered.

Having already won the Carabao Cup, Klopp’s side are also going strong in the Europa League and are favourites to reach the Dublin final on 22 May. They will play Atalanta in the quarter-finals, with either Benfica or Marseille awaiting in the semis.

The Reds are once again heading for a dramatic final few weeks – could Klopp lift the Premier League in his final season?

Manchester City

Nottingham Forest
West Ham

The double treble is still on, and Manchester City are lurking ominously after returning to goalscoring form. The champions were unable to beat either Liverpool or Arsenal in their two title showdowns either side of the international break, results that left the champions third in the title race.

But they have since hit four goals in the wins over Aston Villa and Crystal Palace, a strong response to their frustrating stalemate against the Gunners.

City, after all, have been here before and their fixtures are looking favourable now those games against Liverpool and Arsenal are out of the equation. Up next, City’s April schedule in the Premier League involves games against teams in the Premier League’s bottom four in Luton Town and Nottingham Forest. A visit to out-of-form Brighton follows on Thursday 25 April.

It leaves a trip to Tottenham, where City have never won in the Premier League under Guardiola, as their toughest fixture of the run-in. That could now be played late in the season after City reached the FA Cup semi-finals.

Still involved in three competitions, City have the busiest schedule of the Premier League title contenders, although Luton at home in between a Champions League quarter-final against Real Madrid, to be played across 9 and 17 April, could have been a lot worse. The timing of that Tottenham trip will be crucial, however.

Credit: The Independent

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