Discussion points about the title battle between Manchester City and Liverpool



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Manchester City face Chelsea on Saturday when Liverpool play in Bournemouth.

City of Manchester drive Liverpool by two points in the Premier League, with both sides still undefeated. Here, the Press Association Sport looks at what looks to be becoming a two-team title race.

Advent advantage

Manchester City have managed only two of 15 games, beating the other 13; Liverpool have 12 wins and three draws. The city difference of +38, is the best in the English first division in the first 15 games in 126 years. Tottenham are second best, six points behind Liverpool. Chelsea have lost two of their last three Premier League games and were 10 points behind City. Arsenal are behind the Blues in the goalscorer, while Everton, Bournemouth and Manchester United have eight points less than the Gunners, with 23 points.

Stars on top

Manchester City of Pep Guardiola is in an enviable position before in the Premier League in December
Manchester City's Pep Guardiola is in an enviable position before in the Premier League in December (Martin Rickett / PA)

City has been in this position before, in winning the title last season. After 15 games last season, City led by eight points from Manchester United. This extended to a 14-point lead on New Year's Day thanks to a series of 18 wins. Liverpool were fourth, 18 points behind. The Reds are hoping to maintain their unbeaten run this season and see City take on the pressure of a rival ready to attack any slip.

Holiday Games

The most difficult challenge for Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool this month seems to be against Manchester United's Jose Mourinho
The most difficult challenge for Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool this month seems to be against Manchester United by Jose Mourinho (Martin Rickett / PA)

Liverpool are hoping to keep pressure on City before the Jan. 3 clash at Etihad Stadium. Chelsea host the host city on Saturday, attempting to end the champions' undefeated match and respond to the season's first defeats in the competition – City also beat Chelsea in the Community Shield. City, whose Premier League defeat came in April at the Manchester derby, faces Everton (H), Crystal Palace (H), Leicester (A) and Southampton (A). Liverpool play in Bournemouth on Saturday, followed by games with Manchester United (H), Wolves (A), Newcastle (H) and Arsenal (H) before the end of 2018.

Returning key players

Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero are expected to return soon to Manchester City
Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero are expected to return soon to Manchester City (Steven Paston / PA)

Sergio Aguero has lost his last two games and is expected to return to City against Chelsea while Kevin De Bruyne is close to returning from a knee injury. The pair of stars will complement the already impressive cast of City, which means that Pep Guardiola can make perfect switches for their initial XI. Jurgen Klopp's first-choice line-up is more obvious, but he still has the quality to make changes and win victories.

Winter window

Both Guardiola and Klopp are predicting a quiet January as far as the winter transfer window goes. Both bosses say they have what they need, but if an opportunity to fortify themselves or a serious injury occurs, expect them to move quickly. Continuity is key to the city and Liverpool.

Riyad Mahrez, Manchester City striker, celebrates against Watford on December 4, 2018

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