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Why Man City and Liverpool FC fixtures after international break could give Pep Guardiola edge in title race

Share Comments By Stuart Brennan 06:00, 11 SEP 2019 Sport Get the biggest Manchester City FC stories by email Subscribe We will use your email address only for the purpose of sending you newsletters. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email Manchester City have made a habit of hitting the accelerator pedal as they come out of the first international break of the season.

In the last two seasons, in which the Blues have won consecutive Premier League titles, they have dropped points in August by drawing a game.

But they have then moved through the gears between the September and October international breaks, winning seven of their eight games in those two seasons.

The only points dropped in that spell were due to the goalless draw at Anfield last season, when Riyad Mahrez ’s penalty miss denied them all three points.

Both clubs have difficult away trips in Europe in this next phase of the season, City facing the long trip to Ukraine to face Shakhtar Donetsk, while Liverpool head into the fierce atmosphere of Napoli, so no edge to be gained there.

Read More Man City have plugged gap which threatened title challenge last season So what are the chances of City making up the two-point gap which Liverpool have eked out at the start of this campaign?

Sept 14

Liverpool v Newcastle

Norwich vs City

Hard to see anything other than the two-point gap remaining intact, unless Newcastle can reprise their shock win at Tottenham – or Premier League player of the month Teemu Pukki can continue his scoring streak against the Blues.

Sept 21/22

City vs Watford

Chelsea vs Liverpool

City are likely to get an early chance to leapfrog their rivals at the top, as crisis club Watford arrive at the Etihad. Three points would increase the pressure on Liverpool’s trip to Stamford Bridge the following day.

Raheem Sterling's hat-trick gave Manchester City a 3-1 win over Watford last season Sept 28

Sheff Utd v Liverpool

Everton vs City

The hardest fixture of City’s next four is the trip to Goodison, although it is not a fixture that causes the trepidation it used to do after two wins from the last two visits. You would expect Liverpool to ease to victory at Bramall Lane.

Oct 6

Liverpool v Leicester

City v Wolves

A snowy pitch and a gutsy Foxes team saw Liverpool drop a couple of points in this fixture last season – and Brendan Rodgers’ team nearly took a draw at the Etihad too. Leicester are tucked in to third position, the only other unbeaten team so far, ad will not be a walkover.