Liverpool have big title race advantage over Man City and Arsenal | Football | Sport

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Liverpool have statistically the easiest Premier League fixtures between now and the end of the season, compared to rivals Arsenal and Manchester City. The Reds sit top of the table after 25 games and their fate is in their own hands as they bid to lift the club’s 20th league title in what is Jurgen Klopp‘s final campaign at the club.

Liverpool thrashed Brentford 4-1 in London on Saturday but lost Curtis Jones, Diogo Jota and Darwin Nunez all to injury. Three other starters in their strongest starting eleven – Alisson Becker, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Dominik Szoboszlai – are also all sidelined.

But as Klopp deals with a growing injury crisis, the German can at least take solace from having the most favourable remaining league fixtures. The statistics from SoccerSTATS show that Liverpool’s remaining 13 matches are slightly easier than what Arsenal and Man City face.

The website crunches the average points per game (PPG) of their remaining opponents. The next team they face are Luton who have averaged 0.82 PPG away from home this season ahead of their midweek meeting on Merseyside. City visit Anfield next month and until now have averaged 2.08 PPG on the road.

Overall, the average PPG of Liverpool’s remaining 13 opponents works out at 1.38. By contrast, Arsenal’s is 1.42 and Man City’s is 1.52. City must still travel to Anfield, a bogey ground of theirs, and to Tottenham. They also host Arsenal, neighbours Manchester United and Aston Villa at the Etihad.

As well as their away match at City, Arsenal must face Brighton, Tottenham and Man United away from home. They also face Chelsea and Villa at the Emirates between now and May 19.

In addition to Liverpool hosting treble-winners City, Spurs and Brighton are visitors to Anfield while the Reds must go to Everton, Man Utd and Aston Villa before the end of the campaign.

Liverpool play seven of the current top 11 teams in the Premier League while Arsenal and City both play eight each. Klopp’s charges will also face five of the current bottom six, with the Gunners and the Citizens only taking on three of the six relegation battlers.

Nonetheless, Klopp will be desperate for his side’s injuries to ease. Joel Matip’s season is already over while there are fears Thiago Alcantara has played his final game for the club and that Jota also faces a lengthy spell out of action with a knee issue.

Liverpool hope to welcome Alexander-Arnold and Szoboszlai back in the next few weeks. But like Jota, the full extent of Alisson, Jones and Nunez’s injuries remains uncertain. Ben Doak and Stefan Bajcetic are long-term absentees, with Liverpool’s total of injured first-team players standing at nine at the moment.

After taking on Luton, Klopp’s team contest the Carabao Cup final at Wembley against Chelsea on Sunday. They then return to FA Cup action against Southampton a week on Wednesday.

Liverpool’s 13 remaining Premier League fixtures

Weds 21st Feb: Luton (H)
Sat 2nd March: Nottingham Forest (A)
Sun 10th March: Man City (H)
Sun 17th March: Everton (A)
Sun 31st March: Brighton (H)
Weds 3rd April: Sheffield United (H)
Sat 6th April: Man United (H)*
Sat 13th April: Crystal Palace (H)*
Sat 20th April: Fulham (A)*
Sat 27th April: West Ham (A)*
Sat 4th May: Tottenham (H)*
Sat 11th May: Aston Villa (A)*
Sun 19th May: Wolves (H)

Man City’s 14 remaining Premier League fixtures

Tues 20th Feb: Brentford (H)
Sat 24th Feb: Bournemouth (A)
Sun 3rd March: Man United (H)
Sun 10th March: Liverpool (A)
Sun 17th March: Brighton (A)
Sun 31st March: Arsenal (H)
Weds 3rd April: Aston Villa (H)
Sat 6th April: Crystal Palace (A)*
Sat 13th April: Luton (H)*
Sat 20th April: Tottenham (A)*
Sat 27th April: Nottingham Forest (A)*
Sat 4th May: Wolves (H)*
Sat 11th May: Fulham (A)*
Sun 19th May: West Ham (H)

Arsenal’s 13 remaining Premier League fixtures

Sat 24th Feb: Newcastle (H)
Mon 4th March: Sheffield United (A)
Sat 9th March: Brentford (H)
Sat 16th March: Chelsea (H)
Sun 31st March: Man City (A)
Tues 2nd April: Luton (H)
Sat 6th April: Brighton (A)*
Sat 13th April: Aston Villa (H)*
Sat 20th April: Wolves (A)*
Sat 27th April: Tottenham (A)*
Sat 4th May: Bournemouth (H)*
Sat 11th May: Man United (A)*
Sun 19th May: Everton (H)

* Fixture dates subject to change


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