The Premier League title may well be decided one week from now.
No, it won’t mathematically be impossible for Manchester City or Liverpool to catch the other, but the former’s exit from the UEFA Champions League certainly puts the season’s binoculars in better focus.
To recap: City trails Liverpool by two points but has a match-in-hand on its title rivals, a card which will be played next Wednesday across Manchester at Old Trafford.
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It would be surprising if Liverpool finished with any less than 97 points given its remaining schedule, and downright shocking should the Reds lose a match (yes, we know red cards and penalties happen, and that Premier League does not yet employ VAR).
Liverpool faces Cardiff City, Huddersfield Town, Newcastle United, and Wolves. The final two matches are in contact with a pair of Champions League matches against Barcelona, but dropping points more than once seems like a long shot.
By comparison, Man City has to rebound from Wednesday’s stunning thriller of a loss to Spurs with a rematch at the Etihad Stadium before making it three tough matches in eight days with a Manchester Derby on April 23.
Should Man City manage those two wins in five days, Pep Guardiola‘s men will (likely) have a one point lead on Liverpool with three matches left (two fewer than the Reds). If it comes to that, the advantage is squarely in Pep’s court.
Here are the remaining matches for both teams, not including the FA Cup Final or (possible) Champions League Final.
All times ET
Saturday – Man City v. Tottenham (7:30 a.m.)
Sunday – Cardiff City v. Liverpool (11 a.m.)
Wednesday – Man Utd v. Man City (3 p.m.)
April 26 – Liverpool v. Huddersfield Town (3 p.m.)
April 28 – Burnley v. Man City (9:05 a.m.)
April 30 – Barcelona v. Liverpool (TBD)
May 4 – Man City v. Leicester City (7:30 a.m.)
May 5 – Newcastle v. Liverpool (11:30 a.m.)
May 7 – Liverpool v. Barcelona (TBD)
May 12 – Brighton v. Man City -and- Liverpool v. Wolves (10 a.m.)