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Not an impossibility, given City’s run of fixtures before the weekend of April 4 includes Tottenham (away), Leicester (away), Arsenal (home), Man Utd (away) and Chelsea (away).
City’s fixtures before playing Liverpool
|1||Tottenham (A)||Feb 2||Live on Sky|
|2||West Ham (H)||Feb 9||Live on Sky|
|3||Leicester (A)||Feb 22||Live on Sky|
|4||Arsenal (H)||March 1||Live on Sky|
|5||Man Utd (A)||March 7||Live on Sky|
|6||Burnley (H)||March 14|
|7||Chelsea (A)||March 21||*Possible FA Cup 1/4 final|
|8||Liverpool (H)||April 4|
The very earliest Liverpool could win the title is away at Watford on Saturday, February 29, live on Sky Sports Premier League at 5.30pm. However that would mean Liverpool winning all of their matches, and City losing all of theirs.
At that point, Liverpool would have 10 games remaining, smashing the record for most games remaining when a title has been secured (five – Man Utd 2000/01 and Man City 2017/18). Man Utd also hold the record for the earliest title-winning date – April 14 in the 2000/01 season.
More realistically, if Liverpool keep winning and City slip up a couple of times along the way, the Reds can claim the title at home to Bournemouth on the weekend of March 7, or, and this is a tad more juicy, at Goodison Park on the weekend of March 16, live on Sky Sports Premier League.
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If Liverpool keep winning, and City drop six points between now and the Merseyside derby, Jurgen Klopp’s side would claim the title at Goodison Park on March 16.
It would be only the second time a team have secured the Premier League title at the home of their local rivals, after Arsenal won the league at White Hart Lane in 2004.
Wait, all of this depends on Liverpool winning every game. What if they slip up a couple times?
We’re going with current form, so you can’t blame us. But of course it would take an incredible effort for Liverpool to keep winning, and they would be smashing records along the way.
There are many possibilities if Liverpool drop points here and there, so it’s important to keep tabs on those 27 points that Liverpool need, and work from there.
For instance, if they beat West Ham on Wednesday – take three points off – that will go down to 24 points.
If they then beat Southampton on February 1 – take three points off – it goes down to 21 points.
If City then lose at Spurs on February 2 – take three points off – it goes down to 18 points.
Or if City draw at Spurs – take two points off – it goes to 19 points.
Or if City win at Spurs – don’t take any points off – it’s 21 points again.
And so on and so forth…
Don’t forget about Leicester, either. The maths changes slightly if the Foxes overtake City in the coming weeks; they’re currently three points behind.
I’ve only just taken the Christmas tree down, and Liverpool could win the title pretty soon. What records could they break?
- The points record of 100 (Man City 2017/18) could be smashed; Liverpool will have 112 points if they win every game, and their current points-per-game rate has them finishing on 110.
- The biggest points gap between first and second is 19 points (Man City 2017/18) – if Liverpool win their game in hand against West Ham on Wednesday, the gap will be 19. In this instance, City need to better Liverpool’s results between now and the end of the season to protect that record.
- Liverpool need 11 wins from their final 15 games to beat the win record of 32 (Man City 2017/18).
- Liverpool are four games shy of equalling the most consecutive wins (18 – Man City August to December 2017).
- However, Liverpool need another 52 goals to break the record for most goals, which is 106 (Man City 2017/18), and their current goals-per-game rate would have them finishing on well short on 89.
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You can follow Liverpool’s progress on all fronts, starting with a dedicated live blog for the FA Cup fourth-round clash at Shrewsbury on the Sky Sports website and App on Sunday, followed by a live blog and full-time highlights of the trip to West Ham on Wednesday in the Premier League.
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Liverpool’s February games against Norwich (away – Feb 15), West Ham (home – Feb 24) and Watford (away – Feb 29) will all be shown on Sky Sports, as well as their March fixtures against Everton (away – March 16) and Crystal Palace (home – March 21).