Five Premier League Games That Will Decide Title Race

Five Premier League Games That Will Decide Title Race

Arsenal, Liverpool, and Manchester City find themselves embroiled in an exhilarating Premier League title chase as they enter the pivotal final stretch of the season, each with ten games remaining.

At the forefront, Arsenal leads the pack, holding a slender advantage over Liverpool in second place, determined by goal difference. Hot on their heels, Manchester City trails by just one point behind the top two, positioned in third.

AFP Sport scrutinizes five upcoming fixtures poised to shape the destiny of this season’s championship race.

Manchester City v Arsenal, March 31

The pivotal clash of the title race unfolds at the Etihad Stadium following the international break.

A third loss to Arsenal this season could deal a fatal blow to City’s aspirations of clinching an unprecedented fourth consecutive Premier League title.

Arsenal secured a 1-0 victory over Pep Guardiola’s squad at the Emirates Stadium in October, courtesy of Gabriel Martinelli’s late goal.

Moreover, they triumphed over City on penalties in the Community Shield back in August.

Under Mikel Arteta’s guidance, Arsenal has surged, winning their last eight league matches.

However, City remains formidable, boasting an unbeaten streak of 22 games across all competitions and maintaining an unblemished home record since November 2022.

Manchester City v Aston Villa, April 3

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If City manages to clinch a crucial victory against Arsenal, their celebration will be short-lived, with top-four contenders Villa scheduled to visit the Etihad just three days later.

Villa, enjoying an unexpectedly strong season and formerly European champions, currently hold fourth place as they aim for their first appearance in the Champions League era.

Unai Emery’s team surprised City back in December with Leon Bailey’s 74th-minute goal securing a 1-0 win.

Since then, City have remained undefeated, while Villa has successfully held onto a top-four position despite facing competition from Tottenham.

Manchester United v Liverpool, April 7

Liverpool is gearing up for a fierce showdown at Old Trafford, fueled by a desire for redemption following their agonizing 4-3 defeat to arch-rivals in the FA Cup quarter-finals.

Despite leading 2-1 and 3-2 towards the end of regular and extra time respectively, Jurgen Klopp’s squad faltered, succumbing to Amad Diallo’s late winner, crushing their hopes of a quadruple triumph.

Nevertheless, Liverpool still harbors aspirations of granting Klopp a memorable farewell in his final season by securing the Premier League and Europa League titles to complement their League Cup triumph in February.

Securing a victory at Old Trafford, a feat not achieved since 2021, is imperative for Liverpool as they strive to match United’s illustrious record of 20 English titles.

Tottenham v Arsenal, April 28

With so much on the line for these longstanding adversaries, the perennially intense north London derby promises an added intensity.

Notably, Arsenal secured league victories at White Hart Lane in 1971 and 2004, moments etched in the club’s history.

Now, they have the chance to further their pursuit of glory by triumphing over their archrivals in the newly constructed stadium, standing on the very grounds of those historic triumphs.

Despite Arsenal’s last championship title being two decades ago, their recent track record in the north London derbies is formidable, with just one loss in the last six encounters.

However, their dominance was challenged in a thrilling 2-2 draw at the Emirates in September, where they twice surrendered their lead.

Under the fresh guidance of Ange Postecoglou, Tottenham Hotspur have experienced a resurgence, embracing an attacking style in their quest for a top-four finish. Expect them to be assertive as they go toe-to-toe with their rivals in this highly anticipated clash.

Aston Villa v Liverpool, May 11

While Liverpool comfortably defeated Villa 3-0 at Anfield back in September, they anticipate a tougher challenge in the upcoming rematch. As Klopp prepares for his last away league game as Liverpool’s manager, he aims for a fourth consecutive victory at Villa Park.

Villa’s last triumph over Liverpool dates back to 2020, marked by a memorable 7-2 victory that led Klopp to acknowledge his team’s shortcomings.

As Liverpool eyes a potential first title in four years, they must steer clear of any potential collapse akin to that past defeat.

Judgement Day

If the title contenders remain evenly matched after those matches, the season’s final day on May 19 will see Arsenal hosting Everton, Manchester City against West Ham, and Liverpool facing Wolves.