December 6, 2019, 20:27

Will Man City respond against Leicester after Liverpool win?

Will Man City respond against Leicester after Liverpool win?

And now it’s over to Manchester City.

Just when it seemed Liverpool’s relentless Premier League title bid was finally set to run aground, there was yet another remarkable late twist in what’s proving to be the title race to end all title races.

Manchester City were just four minutes away from being able to all-but secure the defence of their crown against Leicester on Monday Night Football. Then, Divock Origi struck at St. James’ Park.

Liverpool’s thrilling 3-2 win over Newcastle has shifted the pressure back on the champions, who find themselves two points behind the Reds and must win on Monday to keep the title destiny in their hands ahead of the final round of Premier League fixtures.

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Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers came agonisingly close to ending Liverpool’s long wait for the Premier League title in 2013/14, but five years on Rodgers could give his former club the biggest helping hand if his side can become the first to take points off the champions since January 29.

Pep’s record vs Leicester

History suggests that if City are to slip up in either of their final two games – and that’s a big ‘if’ for a side that have won their last 12 league games – then it’s most likely to come against Monday night’s opponents.

Pep’s record vs Leicester Premier League All competitions Played 5 Played 7 Won 3 Won 3 Drawn 0 Drawn 2 Lost 2 Lost 2 GD + 12 GD + 14 GD – 8 GD – 10

Leicester have inflicted two Premier League defeats on Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, one of which came in the reverse fixture at the King Power Stadium in December.

It’s a record that only Chelsea (3) have bettered, while Liverpool are the only other side to match the Foxes’ tally of two.

Neville: Reds have kept City honest

Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville continues to be amazed by the standards Liverpool and Manchester City have set in this season’s exhilarating title race.

“More and more it’s looking like we’re going to see two months of flawless results, with each team winning every game until the end,” he said, after Liverpool’s win at Newcastle. “I can’t believe it.

“I think City will win on Monday and I think they’ll beat Brighton. I think Liverpool will beat Wolves, and I’ve not seen anything that would tell me otherwise.

“Liverpool kept Man City honest, which is the main thing. You need one of those on the road to the title, and they need City to now help them in terms of dropping points.”

Can the Foxes spring a surprise?

“They definitely can,” Jason Burt, chief football correspondent at the Daily Telegraph, told the Sunday Supplement. “They are playing really well, Brendan Rodgers has done really well, organised them and changed their style of play.

“James Maddison is playing really well, Jamie Vardy is doing really well and scoring lots of goals. They have a dangerous threat to them, for sure.

“That said, it is at the Etihad and with just two games to go, City’s final home game of the season, they do not have Champions League football to worry about.

“I think they will win, but Leicester will be a real test, absolutely, and you can certainly see them scoring. So, we will see what happens if they score…”

Klopp: Destiny will decide title

“I accepted long ago that we do everything, absolutely everything,” Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said after Saturday’s win at Newcastle.

“The boys throw whatever they have on the pitch. Whether we are champions or not it’s destiny, we cannot do any more.

“[But] now we have three points and our qualified for our final, which is brilliant.”

Whether Manchester City take their place alongside Liverpool on what will be a decisive final day remains to be seen.

In an exclusive interview with Sky Sports, Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum revealed he is too nervous to watch Manchester City’s match with Leicester, one of two games where a slip-up could hand the Reds the title.

“I’m too nervous,” the Dutchman said. “Not when I’m playing but I’m really nervous when I have to watch my own team playing or, in this case, City. I don’t look at the games. I will watch TV, it depends what’s on.

“The only thing we can do is try to win our games and hope that City slip in one of theirs. The focus has to be on the games we played because if we drop points it’s over. We have to win and hope they slip.”

Over to you, Manchester City

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