Liverpool and Manchester City: Top Teams in Pursuit of the EPL Title
In 2019, the Premier League title race is closer than it has been in years. The battle between Manchester City and Liverpool looks set to go down to the final match. Both sides boast incredible squads, but fatigue may also be setting into these two proud teams, as a consequence of their intense schedules. Read on as Nitrogen Sports blog discusses this two-team race for the Premier League crown.
Liverpool anxious to end a three-decade wait
If you want to get technical, it’s been 29 years since the Scousers last won the Premier League. True, the Reds have won the Champions League in the interim and they have also gained fans from all over the world. But the lack of EPL success is a sore spot. It could prove to be the motivation the team needs to reach the summit.
The remaining fixtures see Liverpool having to look sharp against Champions League contenders Chelsea and Tottenham. Victories should easily be collected against the likes of Huddersfield and Southampton. But if the title does go down to the wire, Liverpool will face Wolves in the final match. Given Wolverhampton’s excellent record against the Big Six teams, Jurgen Klopp’s men will be feeling the pressure to deliver.
Keys to success:
- Getting the best out of their attacking trio composed of Mo Salah, Sadio Mane, and Roberto Firmino.
- Finding a worthy partner in central defense for Virgil van Dijk.
- Avoiding losses to Chelsea and Spurs.
Manchester City, not a team to crumble under pressure
City are the reigning champions. Given this and Pep Guardiola’s excellent resume, it’s unlikely that the Mancunian side will feel the strain quite as intensely as their rivals heading into the last stretch of the season.
Overall, the remaining fixtures put Guardiola’s men in a similar position to Liverpool. There’s one exception. City will be playing their arch nemesis, Manchester United, at Old Trafford. If they overcome this hurdle, they should be in fine form in the following matches. Burnley, Leicester, and Brighton are their three final opponents.
Keys to success:
- Consistent goal scoring from Kun Aguero and Raheem Sterling.
- Keeping Vincent Kompany off the injury list.
- Picking up at least one point against rivals, Man. United.
It’s too close to call. But, if no surprises occur, Manchester City on paper seems to have a slight advantage. Pep Guardiola and his players have the winning pedigree paired with a relatively easy run of matches. However, Liverpool’s enthusiasm and knack for outscoring opponents may finally help the Reds finally triumph in the Premier League.
The talent on the rosters of Liverpool and Manchester City can’t be denied, as they are led by some of the top scorers in the 2018-19 English Premier League. As discussed in this sports betting guide, the EPL title race is a two-team affair, but which between Liverpool and Manchester City will take home the top prize is something that remains to be seen.