The Premier League title race is set to take more twists and turns this week as Liverpool host Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday.
The top two go head-to-head in a mouthwatering match that should have a significant impact on the race to be crowned Premier League champions.
The intrigue is further added to by the fact United and Manchester City are in action this midweek to play their games in hand on Liverpool.
If United beat Burnley at Turf Moore they go into Sunday’s crunch clash three points clear at the top of the table, whilst Pep Guardiola’s men will be one point behind Liverpool should they beat Brighton and will still have played one game fewer.
With this in mind, MEN Sport takes a look at the title contenders’ next 10 Premier League matches to decide who could have a slender edge in the title race.
Man Utd fixtures
Jan 12: Burnley (A)
Jan 17: Liverpool (A)
Jan 20: Fulham (A)
Jan 27: Sheffield United (H)
Jan 30: Arsenal (A)
Feb 02: Southampton (H)
Feb 06: Everton (H)
Feb 13: West Brom (A)
Feb 20: Newcastle United (H)
Feb 27: Chelsea (A)
Manchester United will face all of the bottom three in their next 10 fixtures – Fulham, Sheffield United and West Brom.
Their away trip to Anfield this Sunday is the standout fixture but there are a couple of mid-table banana skins, with matches against Southampton and Everton.
All in all, it’s a relatively kind looking fixture run-in, with six fixtures against teams in the bottom half of the table.
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Manchester United got back to winning ways with a low-key 1-0 victory over Watford in the FA Cup.
Scott McTominay’s early header was enough for the win at Old Trafford, as United booked their place in the hat for the fourth round.
United will now refocus on their league campaign with crucial games to come this week against Burnley and Liverpool.
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Jan 17: Man Utd (H)
Jan 21: Burnley (H)
Jan 28: Spurs (A)
Jan 31: West Ham (A)
Feb 03: Brighton (H)
Feb 06: Man City (H)
Feb 13: Leicester City (A)
Feb 20: Everton (H)
Feb 27: Sheffield United (A)
March 6: Fulham (H)
The Reds have a tricky looking run of matches, with Manchester United, Tottenham, Manchester City, Leicester City and Everton all to come in the next seven weeks.
Home fixtures against Burnley, Brighton and Fulham should offer Jurgen Klopp’s men some rest bite, as well as a trip to bottom-of-the-league Sheffield United.
It’s their fixtures against the top side that will define where the Reds finish though and they’ll hope to have Joel Matip back fit again by the time they travel to north London.
Man City fixtures
Jan 13: Brighton (H)
Jan 17: Crystal Palace (A)
Jan 20: Aston Villa (H)
Jan 26: West Brom (A)
Jan 30: Sheffield United (H)
Feb 2: Burnley (A)
Feb 6: Liverpool (A)
Feb 13: Tottenham (H)
Feb 20: Arsenal (A)
Feb 27: West Ham (H)
Manchester City have, arguably, the nicest run of matches out of the three sides, with six of the bottom half to face.
Fixtures against Liverpool and Tottenham at the start of February stand out but if City can continue to build some momentum against easier-looking opposition, they’ll head into that doubleheader full of confidence.
City have been playing catch up all season, due to inconsistent form and games in arrears but they finally looking to be hitting top form.
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Manchester City shrugged off the difficulties caused by a Covid-19 outbreak to sweep aside Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
First-half goals from Ilkay Gundogan, Phil Foden and Kevin De Bruyne effectively ended the match before the break with the home side only able to score a consolation in injury time.
It puts the Blues in good heart ahead of the Carabao Cup semi-final against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
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Overall, Manchester City look to have the nicest matches coming up, compared with United and Liverpool.
The reigning Premier League champions probably have it toughest and their recent dip in form has come at the wrong time with United and City starting to hit their stride.
Sunday’s clash between United and Liverpool will be pivotal, as will be City’s trip to Anfield on February 6.