Arsenal have better squad, Liverpool's easier run-in, City eye history - title predictions


With Arsenal, Liverpool and Man City all separated by just one point, we could perhaps have a classic Premier League title race on our hands. With just 10 games to go, it couldn't be any closer with the Gunners currently leading the Reds on goal difference following the epic showdown at Anfield yesterday. Here, Express Sport takes a closer look at the title run-in and who we think will come out on top...

Man City - By David McDonnell

Manchester City may go the rest of the season unbeaten in the Premier League, but that still may not be enough to see them crowned champions.

A point behind Arsenal and Liverpool with 10 games left to play, Pep Guardiola's side remain in with a chance of an unprecedented fourth straight title, but there are red flags on their run-in.

One fixture in particular that stands out as having the potential for a slip-up is City's trip to Tottenham – where they have lost on all four league visits to the new stadium and failed to score – on April 20.

Ange Postecoglou's side earned a thrilling 3-3 draw at the Etihad Stadium in December and have renewed hope of securing a Champions League place after subjecting top-four rivals Aston Villa to a 4-0 hammering at home on Sunday.

City may have beaten Spurs 1-0 in the FA Cup at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in January with a late winner from Nathan Ake, but Guardiola will know what a tough assignment it will be there next month, especially with Postecoglou's side now back to full-strength and back to their early-season best.

Guardiola's men also have to host Arsenal on Easter Sunday, another seismic fixture in the title race, with tricky away trips to Crystal Palace, Brighton, Nottingham Forest and Brighton to also navigate.

City could feasibly end up winning nine of their remaining 10 games and drawing the other. But Liverpool's run-in appears more favourable and, as such, they have every chance of taking maximum points to give Jurgen Klopp the perfect Anfield send-off with a second Premier League title triumph.

Toughest fixtures:

Arsenal (h) - March 31

Aston Villa (h) - April 4

Tottenham (a) - April 30

Arsenal - By Neil McLeman

Arsenal will take the momentum of eight consecutive Premier League wins to Manchester City for a showdown with the champions on Easter Sunday. But Mikel Arteta’s side will not win or lose the title at the Etihad Stadium with more big fixtures to follow.

The Gunners still have to visit Brighton and Wolves and host Aston Villa before the North London derby. Ange Postecoglou’s side will not play for the draw - and the atmosphere in the Tottenham Stadium promises to be electric.

Arsenal are top and the final 10 games of the season will prove how much they have learned from late collapses in the previous two seasons. In 2021-22, Amazon’s All or Nothing series captured the Gunners losing five of their last 10 games to finish fifth and hand the final Champions League place to Spurs.

Last season Arsenal went from leaders to finishing five points behind Manchester City by winning only four of their final 10 games. This is a bigger, better squad at close to full strength with Declan Rice adding an extra dimension and Kai Havertz scoring in the last four Premier League games.

Arsenal are out of the FA Cup - their last defeat was to Liverpool in the competition on January 7 - and will have 19 days to prepare for City after Tuesday’s Champions League tie with Porto. And if they go out of Europe, they will have only two more midweek fixtures - Brighton and the rearranged Chelsea tie - before the end of the season to concentrate on a first title since 2004.

Toughest fixtures:

Man City (a) - March 31

Tottenham (a) - April 27

Man Utd (a) - May 11

Liverpool - By Chris McKenna

Liverpool have without doubt the easier of the run-ins as we head into the final 10 games of the season. But that doesn’t mean it will be smooth sailing for Jurgen Klopp’s Reds when they’ve also got to juggle a Europa League campaign and an FA Cup run.

The Reds have also gone all the way in the Carabao Cup and their squad is struggling with injuries to make matters even trickier.
They are no longer in control of their own destiny after a draw with Manchester City on Sunday but they know Pep Guardiola’s men have to play Arsenal so someone is losing points there.

But there are some hurdles for Liverpool to overcome. One of them is Manchester United. OK, this is not a United side in any sort of form and Erik ten Hag won’t be able to repeat the tactics of the 0-0 draw at Anfield when they’re playing at home, but they are still Liverpool’s greatest rivals.

That means if there’s any game United should be up for between now and the end of the season it is this one. The two teams will also have played each other in the FA Cup just three weeks previously so someone will be out for revenge for however that tie goes.

With Liverpool juggling Europa League, it means some Thursday-Sunday combinations. One which could fall in that is Tottenham. This is likely to be moved to a Sunday should Liverpool reach the Europa League semi-finals.

That also means the Reds may have just had a tricky away leg in Europe just days before. It could be long hours travelling after a draining game and it won’t be easy if they’re in the last four of that competition.

Tottenham will be fresh with no European football and then there will be all the build-up after the Luis Diaz goal - or non-goal - fiasco back in the reverse fixture. Spurs are also likely to be still tussling it out for a top-four spot so will have plenty to play for.

They also have the small matter of a Merseyside derby at Goodison Park against an Everton side fighting for survival. It’s an easier run-in than their rivals but no guarantee they will be champions come May.

Toughest fixtures:

Manchester United (a) - April 7

Tottenham (h) - May 4

Everton (a) - TBC

Predicted results

Liverpool - from Chris McKenna

Brighton (h) - win

Sheffield United (h) - win

Manchester United (a) - draw

Crystal Palace (h) - win

Fulham (a) - win

West Ham (a) - win

Tottenham (h) - draw

Aston Villa (a) - draw

Wolves (h) - win

Everton (a) - win

Arsenal - from Neil McLeman

Manchester City (a) - loss

Luton Town (h) - win

Brighton (a) - win

Aston Villa (h) - win

Wolves (a) - draw

Tottenham (a) - draw

Bournemouth (h) - win

Manchester United (a) - draw

Everton (h) - win

Chelsea (h) - win

Man City - from David McDonnell

Arsenal (h) - win

Aston Villa (h) - win

Crystal Palace (a) - win

Luton Town (h) - win

Tottenham (a) - draw

Nottingham Forest (a) - win

Wolves (h) - win

Fulham (a) - win

West Ham (h) - win

Brighton (a) - win

Predicted final table

1. Man City - 91 points

2. Liverpool - 88 points

3. Arsenal - 85 points

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