What is so special about Sunday 12th May? Well, it just so happens to be the final day of the 38 game Premier League season, and it's now only eight weeks away so you better get it stamped firmly in your diary. Although, we expect that most of you already have.
Sunday 12th May is also the day that could decide the Premier League title race. Of course, we may already know the identity of the victor by then. In fact, here at The Sportsman we’ve meticulously scanned the fixture list and plucked out FOUR crunch clashes that take place over a pivotal 25 day period, which could decide whether the coveted trophy ends up in Manchester or Merseyside.
Let’s get cracking.
Liverpool vs Tottenham - Sunday 31st March
The first of our selected four matches takes place on Anfield’s famous hallowed turf in two weeks time when Liverpool host Tottenham. The riveting race for the Premier League title was a three-pronged affair a few weeks ago, only for a rotten run of form to completely rupture Spurs’ chances of glory, meaning Mauricio Pochettino’s men must now instead focus on securing a top-4 finish.
History tells us that Liverpool tend to do rather well in this fixture; accumulating seven wins from the last dozen top-flight duels between the teams, including a 2-1 victory at Wembley back in September. Furthermore, the Merseyside outfit are unbeaten in their last seven league home games against Spurs, who have only won once at Anfield since 1993.
Stat: Tottenham have won only one of their last 24 league visits to Anfield dating back to 1993.
Liverpool v Chelsea - Sunday 14th April
Liverpool fans still shudder when they think back to this infamous date: 27th April 2014. Brendan Rodgers’ men, as they were then known, had the chance to soar eight points clear at the summit with just two games remaining - City had three - but were downed by scrooge Jose Mourinho during his second spell at Chelsea. The rattled Reds then blew a 3-0 lead in their following fixture against Crystal Palace, and City went on to snatch the title.
Liverpool will hope it’s a very difficult outcome this time around when they tackle Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea in a month’s time. They haven’t beaten the Blues in five league and cup matches, and it took an 89th minute equaliser from Daniel Sturridge for Klopp’s men to steal a draw at the Bridge back in September.
A nerve-tingling afternoon awaits, for both sides.
Stat: Both teams have found the back of the net in 8 of the last 9 Premier League encounters.
Man City v Tottenham - Saturday 20th April
The third leg in this pack includes Manchester City for the first time as Pep Guardiola’s men welcome Mauricio Pochettino to the Etihad in April.
The clubs have only just found out that they will go head-to-head in a sizzling Champions League quarter-final tie next month, meaning the Premier League is guaranteed an entry in the semi-finals of Europe’s elite competition.
The teams will subsequently face each other a grand spanking total of three times in the space of just 12 days, starting with the first-leg at Tottenham (9th March), followed by the return fixture at the Etihad a week later, then the aforementioned league clash three days after.
They are going to be sick of the sight of each other.
Stat: Man City have taken 10 points from the last 4 games between the teams.
Man Utd v Man City - Wednesday 24th April
Huge doesn't even come close to it. The final match of this pivotal blockbuster quadruple takes place at Old Trafford.
Never in the history of Liverpool Football Club will the club’s passionate fan base have ever roared on fierce rivals Man Utd in the manner that they will on Wednesday 24th April. There was previous murmurings of United supporters wanting their side to gift City the win, however there’s absolutely no chance of that happening, especially with a place in the top-4 at stake.
The Derby was originally scheduled for this upcoming weekend but it’s been tantalisingly moved to a midweek vacancy in April under the famous Old Trafford lights. Who knows how the table will look when the Manchester giants lock horns; City could be streets ahead/or playing catching up by this point, while United could be nestled comfortably in the Champion League places.
Back in November the Citizens brushed aside their rivals 3-1 at the Etihad, meaning they’ve now won three of the last five Premier League meetings, including both of their last two visits to the Theatre of Dreams, and five of the last seven.
Stat: Man City have been triumphant in 5 of their last 7 league visits to Old Trafford.