The Premier League title race is set to be a thoroughly entertaining one this season with consistency hard to come by in the top-flight. The 2020/21 campaign has been massively affected by the coronavirus pandemic, with an even more congested fixture schedule for clubs up and down the country to deal with.
The ongoing Covid-19 crisis has caused postponements all over the Premier League, meaning games have had to be cancelled and rescheduled.
This has seemingly affected the rhythm of some sides, as well as the frequent injuries they are suffering as a result of the tighter turnaround in fixtures.
Last season’s champions Liverpool have struggled to replicate the form they showcased in their record-breaking 2019/20 campaign.
Manchester City and Manchester United are both a lot closer to the Reds this season and after 18 matches played, Jurgen Klopp’s side sit in fourth place.
They battled it out with United on Sunday afternoon, but the highly anticipated top-of-the-table clash ended in a 0-0 stalemate at Anfield.
This allowed City to close the gap on their Manchester rivals and overtake Liverpool, with a comfortable 4-0 win over Crystal Palace on Sunday evening.
Pep Guardiola’s side are looking like the team to beat in the Premier League as things stand, with the Citizens winning eight games on the bounce in all competitions.
City are now just two points behind United, but they also have a game in hand on their neighbours.
Leicester City are in third place and should not be ruled out of the title running by any means, but it’s the two Manchester clubs and Liverpool who remain the favourites to be crowned champions in May.
With that being said, Express Sport have listed and compared Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool’s next 10 Premier League fixtures – with the date and time subject to change.
Fulham (A) – Wednesday, January 20 – 8.15pm
Sheffield United (H) – Wednesday, January 27 – 8.15pm
Arsenal (A) – Saturday, January 30 – 5.30pm
Southampton (H) – Tuesday, February 2 – 8pm
Everton (H) – Saturday, February 6 – 3pm
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West Bromwich Albion (A) – Saturday, February 13 – 3pm
Newcastle United (H) – Saturday, February 20 – 3pm
Chelsea (A) – Saturday, February 27 – 3pm
Manchester City (A) – Saturday, March 6 – 3pm
West Ham United (H) – Saturday, March 13 – 3pm
Aston Villa (H) – Wednesday, January 20 – 6pm
West Bromwich Albion (A) – Tuesday, January 26 – 8.15pm
Sheffield United (H) – Saturday, January 30 – 3pm
Burnley (A) – Tuesday, February 2 – 7.45pm
Liverpool (A) – Saturday, February 6 – 3pm
Tottenham Hotspur (H) – Saturday, February 13 – 3pm
Arsenal (A) – Saturday, February 20 – 3pm
West Ham United (H) – Saturday, February 27 – 3pm
Manchester United (H) – Saturday, March 6 – 3pm
Fulham (A) – Saturday, March 13 – 3pm
Burnley (H) – Thursday, January 21 – 8pm
Tottenham Hotspur (A) – Thursday, January 28 – 8pm
West Ham United (A) – Sunday, January 31 – 4.30pm
Brighton & Hove Albion (H) – Wednesday, February 3 – 8pm
Manchester City (H) – Saturday, February 6 – 3pm
Leicester City (A) – Saturday, February 13 – 3pm
Everton (H) – Saturday, February 20 – 3pm
Sheffield United (A) – Saturday, February 27 – 3pm
Fulham (H) – Saturday, March 6 – 3pm
Wolves (A) – Saturday, March 13 – 3pm
By the time Liverpool take on Burnley on Thursday, United could be six points above them, while City could extend their advantage to four points.
The Reds will be hoping for a slip-up from their title rivals, but the two Manchester clubs go into their games as big favourites.
United take on a struggling Fulham side at Craven Cottage – with Solskjaer’s side’s away record this season being almost perfect.
Whereas City welcome Aston Villa to the Etihad Stadium, which could prove to be a difficult game considering the visitors’ recent form.
Whatever happens, by the time we reach March we will have a clearer picture of the way one of the closest title races in recent history might play out.