Premier League have handed Liverpool FC a hidden title race advantage over Man City

Manchester City have an extra reason to hope Arsenal beat Liverpool on Wednesday after the Premier League released their latest TV fixtures this week.

City learned their fixtures against Wolves and Leeds have been selected for live TV coverage, as would be expected from one of the two title contenders, while the home clash with Brighton has been rescheduled after being postponed due to the Blues’ FA Cup quarter-final involvement.

City now know when six of their last nine fixtures will take place – and crucially, they also know when Liverpool will play.

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However, the latest TV picks follow a pattern that sees Liverpool play before City four times in the next six games. Only once do City have the chance to play first in a gameweek compared to Liverpool, with the reality now set to see both sides leapfrogging each other in the next six weeks.

Liverpool play their game in hand at Arsenal on Wednesday night, with three points able to take them to within a point of City. Even a draw would put them three points behind with a better goal difference.

Then, after the international break, Liverpool can go top if they beat Watford in the early kick-off on Saturday, April 4, or if they take four points against the Hornets and Arsenal. City can return to the top against Burnley in the 3pm kick-off that day.

After that, both sides face each other on April 10 at the Etihad. Assuming they both win their fixtures before that, City and Liverpool both know that victory will take them top of the league in a game that could define the title race.

After that, Liverpool have two opportunities to put pressure on City by playing before the Blues. They face Aston Villa on April 16 before City travel to Wolves the next day. Then, Liverpool host Manchester United on April 19 before City host Brighton on April 20.

It will be four games from now before City next have the chance to make the first statement in a round of matches as they host Watford on Saturday, April 23. Liverpool host rivals Everton on the Sunday in a Merseyside derby that could have implications at both ends of the table.

The final three games of the season are yet to be scheduled. City host Newcastle before traveling to West Ham, while Liverpool welcome Tottenham to Anfield before a long trip to Southampton. The final day of the season will see both sides kick-off at the same time – City face Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa at the Etihad, as Wolves are the visitors to Anfield.

So in the final nine games, City are only guaranteed one chance to secure three points before Liverpool play. The schedule gives Liverpool four chances to do that in their 10 fixtures.

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Back in 2018/19 when both sides were neck and neck, City used the schedule to their advantage as they often played before Liverpool and were able to keep them at arm’s length. This year, Liverpool can turn the tables and keep trading places with City at the top of the table and almost turn Pep Guardiola’s leaders into the chasers. It’s all the more reason for City to hope for a favor from Arsenal this week.

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