Liverpool Handed Big Premier League Title Boost As Manchester City Fixture Pile Up Deepens
The Premier League title race between Liverpool, and Manchester City is turning into something special.
The two giants of the division have been trading blows like heavyweight contenders in recent weeks and go into the International break just two points apart and with 2nd placed City having a game in hand.
Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola have proven to be two of the best managers in the world during their careers and that has been confirmed over the past few months with both men overseeing remarkable campaigns up to this point.
Plenty of experts suggest that the race itself will go down to the wire but it could be settled before that with April set to be the crucial month. The rearranged TV fixtures list has been announced today and it isn't good news for the defending champions with the Etihad club set for an extremely tough schedule.
The freshest team could well have the edge when all is said and done and it is starting to look Liverpool could have the upper hand in that regard.
Man City will have to play eight games in just 25 days starting on April the 3rd with a live TV match against Cardiff and it is likely to test the squad to its limits. The talk out of the Etihad at the moment is about a potential quadruple but their success so far this term is the reason for the pile up in games for Pep and his band of merry-men.
A two legged Champions League clash with Tottenham is sure to be a tough ask physically whilst City will also have to play the White Hart Lane club in the Premier League and also have a visit to Old Trafford during that make-or-break 25 day period.
If there is any team in world football that can withstand that run of games in various competitions then it is Man City but any dropped points during that period could leave the door open for a hungry Liverpool team.
The Anfield club have six games during the same period and on paper at least look to have a much more comfortable Champions League quarter-final against Porto, a team that the Reds wiped the floor with last season.
There is no doubt that the challengers do have the easier run-in in terms of fixture congestion and as they look for their first title since 1990, Jurgen Klopp will know that April could be the month they have to pounce if and when the Citizens slip up.
Man City remain the favourites of course having been there and done it but their squad is going to be stretched to breaking point in April which may just be enough to give Liverpool the opening they need to make history.
30th Mar: Fulham (a)
3rd Apr: Cardiff (h)
6th Apr: Brighton (Wembley)
9th Apr: Spurs (a) UCL
14th Apr: Palace (a)
17th Apr: Spurs (h) UCL
20th Apr: Spurs (h)
24th Apr: Man United (a)