As Premier League Race Enters Final Stretch, Which Club Has The Easier Path?
The 2018-19 English Premier League season is entering its final stretch of the season and for the first time in five years, it may come down to the last game to crown a champion.
How poetic that it is a race between the same two teams.
In 2014, Manchester City sealed the Premier League title with a win over West Ham. Liverpool did its part with a win over Newcastle, but needed City to lose for to hoist the trophy.
Liverpool suffered a huge home loss to Chelsea in the third-to-final game of the season, sending the EPL title in a gift basket to City.
This season Liverpool will meet the Blues again for a crucial game with Chelsea having another chance to spoil as it plays for its Champions League lives just three points out of fourth place.
The last five EPL seasons have shown fans for the most part some runaway winners with Leicester City and Manchester City winning by more than 10 points.
Manchester City currently holds a one-point lead for the trophy as well as an arguably easier remaining schedule.
Liverpool will play three top-seven teams (Chelsea, Tottenham and Wolverhampton) to close out the year as well as four teams fighting against relegation.
Liverpool star Mo Salah has struggled against England’s best all year as he has netted just one goal against the big six (eight games).
Mo Salah against the Big Six this season1 goal
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City will play two top four teams (Tottenham and United) as well as five teams fighting for their EPL lives.
The two have faired well against their remaining opponents (as they have against just about all their opponents).
Liverpool is 7-1-0 against the remaining teams with +16 goal differential. City is 7-0-1 against their remaining opponents with a +18 goal differential.
If history repeats itself this season with these stats, Liverpool would get the extra point from the draw tying the two at 95 points but would still come up short thanks to City beating and drawing against Liverpool.
Liverpool is still looking for its first EPL title and has not won the then-Football League since 1989-90, which ended its domination of the '80s, where it won seven titles.
City on the other hand is looking to be the first team to win back-to-back titles since United won three straight from 2006-2009.