Manchester United and Manchester City enjoyed a fruitful midweek as they both claimed three points whilst Liverpool lost.
Ole Gunnar Solskaer ‘s side beat Southampton 9-0 at Old Trafford in a joint club-record win, whilst Pep Guardiola’s men made it 13 matches unbeaten with a 2-0 win at Burnley.
Liverpool, meanwhile, lost a second successive Premier League match at Anfield after losing to Brighton & Hove Albion.
With that in mind, here’s a look at how all three clubs’ next 10 league matches compare.
Man City fixtures
Feb 6: Liverpool (A)
Feb 13: Tottenham (H)
Feb 20: Arsenal (A)
Feb 27: West Ham (H)
March 6: Man United (H)
March 13: Fulham (A)
March 20: Wolves (H)
April 3: Leicester (A)
April 10: Leeds United (H)
April 17: Aston Villa (A)
Manchester City are the team in form right now and are enjoying a 13-game unbeaten run heading to Anfield on Sunday.
They lead Liverpool by seven points, with a game in hand, so a win at Anfield would all-but diminish any slender hope of Liverpool being crowned champions again.
It’s a big week City, though, who face Tottenham and Arenal after a trip to Anfield, followed by Manchester United at home at the start of March.
Afterwards, the fixture list eases up although they may have European and FA Cup commitments to juggle too, whilst travelling to Leicester City on April 3.
Man United fixtures
Feb 6: Everton (H)
Feb 13: West Brom (A)
Feb 20: Newcastle United (H)
Feb 27: Chelsea (A)
March 6: Man City (A)
March 13: West Ham (H)
March 20: Crystal Palace (A)
April 3: Brighton (H)
April 10: Tottenham (A)
April 17: Burnley (H)
Manchester United will be hoping to take all three points against Everton and then to sit back and watch their two biggest title competitors fight it out on Sunday.
It was victory at Goodison Park which began United’s long unbeaten run and they’ll be confident matches against West Brom and Newcastle can wield six points before they face Chelsea and Manchester City away in back-to-back weekends.
They then have another favourable run of games where they’ll target maximum points, before an away trip to Tottenham on April 10.
Feb 6: Man City (H)
Feb 13: Leicester City (A)
Feb 20: Everton (H)
Feb 27: Sheffield United (A)
March 6: Fulham (H)
March 13: Wolves (A)
March 20: Chelsea (H)
April 3: Arsenal (A)
April 10: Aston Villa (H)
April 17: Leeds United (A)
It doesn’t get much easier for Liverpool in the short-term as they face Manchester City, Leicester City and then welcome Everton to Anfield for the Merseyside derby, all in the next three weeks.
Klopp will be hoping to recover players as soon as possible, with Sadio Mane and Diogo Jota potentially able to play some role in that run of matches.
How far Liverpool are behind City by that point will dictate their chances, with three kinder-looking matches at the start of March before they host Chelsea and travel to the Emirates.
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Manchester United smashed nine goals past Southampton on Tuesday night as they bounced back from disappointing results against Sheffield United and Arsenal in emphatic fashion.
The game was effectively over as a contest inside the first two minutes as Southampton were reduced to 10 men, but United still had to find the goals and they did exactly that, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Marcus Rashford, Edinson Cavani, Anthony Martial (two), Scott McTominay, Bruno Fernandes and Daniel James all getting on the scoresheet.
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Manchester United have the nicest run of fixtures ahead, facing three of the ‘big six’ and only one top-half team outside of that.
Liverpool face three of the ‘big six’, with City playing four, on top of trips to The King Power Stadium to face Leicester. Both sides face two more matches against top-half team, leaving only three fixtures against those below 10th.
Obviously, given Liverpool current injuries, matters are made worse for them as they immediately face City, Leicester and Everton inside the next three weeks, whilst they’re still trying to recover key attackers.
Guardiola’s incoming fixture list is equally difficult but with City having a lot more players available, they should be able to cope better.
Overall, Manchester United are the clear winners.