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Manchester City win should be the catalyst for title success

Manchester City’s 2-1 victory over Liverpool on Thursday sent out a message that they won’t give up their Premier League title easily this season.

Goals by Sergio Aguero and Leroy Sane moved City back up to second place in the table, four points behind the Reds.

Tottenham Hotspur are just two points further adrift in third, although many bookmakers believe the title battle is a two-horse race.

There is little to choose between City and Liverpool in the outright betting market and you can see more at if you’re planning to wager on the outcome.

With a four point lead and a favourable run-in, Liverpool will be confident that they can win the Premier League for the first time in their history.

They have faced both City and Arsenal twice already this season and have the advantage of their remaining games against both Spurs and Chelsea being at home.

City have a tougher schedule with four of the ‘Big Six’ to play, while Spurs must play all of their rivals at the top of the table, including away matches at Chelsea, City and Liverpool.

However, City have won 12 of their last 16 matches against the top six sides and their squad knows what it takes to win a title.

Of the three challengers, Spurs have lost the most games and it’s difficult to imagine them navigating through the rest of the campaign without slipping up again.

In terms of their best starting XIs there is probably little to choose between City and Liverpool. Pep Guardiola’s side certainly have more strength in depth, and that could prove crucial over the coming months.

Kevin De Bruyne’s return to fitness is another plus point for City, with his enforced absence meaning he won’t be fatigued during the run-in.

Liverpool’s current lead does give them a slight advantage, but they appeared nervy at times at the Etihad Stadium and it would not be a surprise to see them blow a winning position as they did four years ago.

Klopp’s side will fancy their chances of negotiating the next few weeks relatively unscathed, but two fixtures standout as being the ones that could cost them the title this term.

Visits to Manchester United and Everton during February and March were never going to be easy, but with Liverpool chasing the title there is even more incentive for their biggest rivals to throw a spanner in the works.

Liverpool remain marginal favourites to win the title, but City look tempting at odds of around 13/10 to knock them off their perch.

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