7 Fixtures that could define the Premier League title race
The Premier League is twenty-five match-days old and push has officially come to shove. The title race looks primed to culminate in a grand-stand finish, distinctly dissimilar to the romp Manchester City enjoyed last season.
At the moment, Liverpool sit at the top of the table but their lead has been trimmed to three points in recent weeks. The defending champions are hot on their heels and could move level with the Reds if the former win their mid-week fixture on Wednesday.
However, the title race isn’t only restricted to the aforementioned duo as Tottenham have shown dogged determination to remain in the equation and are only a couple of points adrift of second place.
Thus, one gets the sense that any glitch by either of the three wouldn’t go unpunished by the others.
With the Premier League entering its home stretch, there are bound to be encounters which have the capacity to weaken or strengthen one’s title credentials.
Hence, through the lens of this article, we would look at seven match-ups which have the potential to tilt the title race in a trice.
#7 Bournemouth vs Manchester City (Scheduled for 2 March 2019)
Manchester City will take on Eddie Howe’s men at the Vitality Stadium in their 29th league fixture. Though the Cityzens have tricky games against Chelsea and Everton preceding the above match, one gets the feeling that their performance against Bournemouth could yet play a massive part.
Manchester City has lost four league games this term and all of them bar one has come against a ‘non-Big six’ team, with the only exception being Chelsea.
While it may be a little harsh, the only weakness City has portrayed this season is their inability to motivate themselves for the matches against the relatively smaller teams.
Thus, this match represents another probable banana skin for Guardiola’s troops.
Moreover, the Cherries have been in good form on their home patch and they have been defeated only thrice. Their recent humiliation of Chelsea emphasised that Bournemouth are an extremely tough nut to crack at the Vitality.
Even though Bournemouth might not be the toughest opposition City face between now and the end of the season, it surely is one that can throw a spanner in the Cityzens’ works.
For all we know, Howe could just become an overnight Liverpool legend if he manages to pull this one off.