For much of this season it has appeared somewhat inevitable that Manchester City would retain the Premier League title.
However, City have dropped points recently — they drew with Southampton in January and were beaten at home by Tottenham in February.
That opened the door for Liverpool, who have been in superb form, winning their last six league games in succession. And just like that the title race has been busted wide open.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are only three points adrift of Pep Guardiola’s team, which could make the meeting between the two sides at the Etihad Stadium on April 10 a title-deciding clash.
Below are the remaining schedules for both Man City and Liverpool, and an explanation of the scenario should the two sides finish the season even on points at the top of the table. FiveThirtyEight gives Man City a 72 percent chance to retain its title, while Liverpool are projected at 27 percent.
Manchester City remaining Premier League schedule
City will be looking to regain momentum with a trip to Everton before a derby at home to Manchester United.
The April 10 clash against Liverpool could be vital in determining the outcome of the title race, though its schedule seems favorable in comparison to Liverpool’s. City’s final three matches come against complicated sides that have provided tough tests to opponents all season: Newcastle, West Ham and Aston Villa.
Liverpool remaining Premier League schedule
Based on the Premier League table to date, Liverpool clearly have a tougher run-in than City. Liverpool still have to play Manchester United, Arsenal, City and Tottenham, as well as West Ham. Those are all teams sitting in the top eight of the standings.
It certainly won’t be easy for Klopp’s team, but if they can come away with a win at Man City on April 10, then the final six matches on the other side of that clash should be more manageable on paper.
Who wins title if Man City, Liverpool finish level on points?
In the event that City and Liverpool finish level on points, the winner will be decided on goal difference.
City currently have a goal difference of +46, while Liverpool’s is +50. If the teams are level on goal difference, the number of goals scored will come into play. City have found the net 63 times so far, with Liverpool having scored 70 goals.