The Premier League title race is seemingly set to go down to the wire, with current champions Manchester City being pushed all the way by Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side.
While Tottenham Hotspur appeared to be in the running a couple of weeks ago, their recent poor form means it is now a two-horse race to be crowned England’s top team.
With eight games to play, City lead the way on 74 points but have Liverpool breathing down their necks, one point back in second place.
After letting two points slip against Everton in the Merseyside derby earlier this month, the Reds are now trailing Pep Guardiola’s men for the first time since early December.
While Liverpool are only one point in arrears, their recent slump (four draws in the last seven) coupled with City’s surge (six straight wins) has oddsmakers firmly backing the defending champs.
City are 4/11favorites to repeat last season’s heroics, while Liverpool are between 9/4 and 5/2, depending on the site you choose via MyTopSportsbooks.
Interestingly, both clubs secured progression to the quarter-finals of the Champions League this week, meaning that both Klopp and Guardiola will need to manage their squads to stand a chance of success on two fronts.
Liverpool have a great chance to put pressure back on City this weekend as they travel to bottom side Fulham.
Another victory for the Reds would take them back into top spot, with the Manchester club in FA Cup action and as such potentially having ground to make up in the league.
Liverpool fans are dreaming of their first top-flight crown since 1990 and the attacking prowess in their team means becoming Premier League champions is well within their reach.
At the other end of the pitch, Virgil van Dijk’s presence in the Reds defence has turned the Merseyside outfit’s rearguard into the best in the division – Liverpool have only conceded 17 goals in 30 games in 2018-19.
City have been here before and despite injuries to key man Kevin De Bruyne, look to have the strength in depth to potentially win a momentous four trophies this term.
While Guardiola’s top priority will be the Champions League given that the Etihad Stadium outfit have never won that trophy, their recent domestic form suggests City are hitting their stride at the right time of the season.
Both Liverpool and City still have to play third-placed Spurs and with the title race so tight, it could yet go down to the last day of the season to determine who will be crowned this season’s champions.