Liverpool are increasingly after the English Premier League (EPL) distinction and there seems to be hardly anything stopping the team. Their own impeccable score is now complemented by the fact that their main competitors have lost in contested matches. Manchester City might just try and stop them.
Manchester City, A Favorite in Trouble
Manchester City are definitely a team to be admired. However, we think that they may have slipped – somewhat badly, too. Let’s establish the facts really quick. The team was doing pretty well and then the unimaginable happened – they lost to an opponent that was deemed to be much less skilled: Crystal Palace.
The Crystal Palace derby was not an all-out derby. It was a spectacle worthy of admiration. The game was progressing at a fast pace with City opening in 27′ and making sure that they settled with 1-0 advantage.
PEP: We have to work harder and change immediately to bring our confidence back..
— Manchester City (@ManCity) December 27, 2018
But that was not to be cherished for too long when the team made two mistakes in the space of 3 minutes. In 33′, Crystal Palace got back with one point and then 35′ with another. Manchester City were taken by surprised that had cost them dearly.
The same would happen in the second half. With Crystal Palace returning, the blues hit another point in the 51′, now leading with 3-1. City fought long and hard but Crystal Palace knew that they ought to be careful.
A lot of passes and keeping the ball from the enemies helped the team buy time. City finally pressed the attack and managed to steal another point in 85′. Again, the team launched a flurry of attacks, but Crystal Palace quickly re-focused on slow-defending and buying time.
Nevertheless, the victory of Crystal Palace was a worthy one and most certainly not the result of chance.
Liverpool’s Unstoppable March
Looking at the games delivered by Liverpool so far, the team has managed to rout everyone. At the beginning of December, they started with Bournemouth beating them at 4-0. Manchester United fell with 3-1.
Wolverhampton put up quite a bit of fight, but lost 2-0 and finally Liverpool again dominated over Newcastle with 4-0. Analysts are increasingly inclined to agree that Liverpool will win the cup for yet another year. In order for others to have an even miniscule chance, both Arsenal and Manchester City will have to defeat the unstoppable team.
Still unbeaten and top of the table. 🙌
UP THE REDS. 🔴🔴 pic.twitter.com/51kgZHSlCF
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 26, 2018
Arsenal is playing on December 29 and Manchester City are meeting Liverpool on January 1, 2019. If Liverpool beats even one of these teams, it will almost certainly be crowned a champion in what appears to be another effortless season for the team.
Liverpool have long been an unstoppable force and definitely competitors to be respected and feared. However, unless other teams pull their weight and put up a fight, we will have yet another year with a pre-determined outcome.
As much as we love Liverpool ourselves, that’s never fun to watch. We do believe that Man City will come into the game determined to win the points and give themselves the boost to pursue the tournament to the end, seeing themselves clinch the first place.
In the January cold, it’ll be a most taxing battle.