Premier League title race: How Liverpool, Man Metropolis and Chelsea stand after newest video games
How do Liverpool, Man Metropolis and Chelsea fare within the tightest title race in years after the latest spherical of Premier League video games?
Metropolis made it eight wins in a row with a convincing victory at Newcastle, whereas Liverpool and Chelsea had been held to attracts – that means the highest contenders now sit inside six factors of one another.
Pep Guardiola’s aspect had been 4-0 winners over Newcastle, Liverpool performed out a 2-2 thriller at Tottenham, whereas Chelsea suffered a second succesive attract a goalless stalemate at Wolves.
Right here, we run by means of the contenders, their festive schedules, damage lists, stats and extra…
Evaluation of Sunday’s outcomes: A superb weekend for Man Metropolis
Sky Sports activities’ Gerard Model on Chelsea
“Chelsea weren’t at it on Sunday, and what was shocking was their lack of efforts on purpose, simply two photographs once they’ve been averaging 11 per recreation this season.
“I feel one of many issues is a little bit of an absence of consistency of their beginning XI lately – and that is clearly been right down to damage and Covid, but additionally due to the choices they’ve.
“The factor is with choices is that on the one hand it retains individuals on their toes, it is squad depth for once they’re in European competitors, however they’ve made 60 beginning XI modifications this season, it is probably the most by a ways within the Premier League, it is 11 greater than ‘Fantasy Soccer’ Pep Guardiola, and 19 greater than Liverpool.
“I feel they’re firmly the third finest group within the Premier League – that is just about evident in all of their attacking and defensive stats. I do not see them being drawn right into a prime 4 battle, to be sincere, however Tuchel might have to search out some personnel consistency when all of this settles down.”
Sky Sports activities’ Ben Ransom on Chelsea
“Tuchel simply hasn’t been capable of get that consistency of choice. He has been denied having Lukaku match for a big half, however we speak about Metropolis dropping De Bruyne for a big chunk, and out of the blue they’ll match somebody in like Bernardo Silva who has been among the finest gamers within the Premier League this season.
“Tuchel is sounding pissed off, he is bemoaning an absence of luck, however they have to make their luck. That is his job as supervisor.”
Sky Sports activities’ Gerard Model on Liverpool
“I’ve lined Liverpool perhaps a dozen occasions this season and in each single recreation they’ve supplied the opponent at the very least 4 or 5 respectable probabilities.
“They do not concede many photographs per se, however the high quality of the probabilities they do concede are fairly excessive, and I ponder if will probably be their downfall within the title race.
“Metropolis are favourites, they are a machine actually, they barely come out of third gear typically, and so they have the most effective defensive document once more within the Premier League. Do not get me flawed, Liverpool are the most effective group to look at as a result of it is at all times a recreation, however their model this season particularly is unapologetically dangerous.
“I feel they’ve really reverted to the Liverpool of Klopp’s second and third season the place they had been scoring so much, conceding fairly just a few – and other people will level to the title win in 2020, however many overlook that that Liverpool aspect had been very typical at occasions, and I am undecided they’ve discovered that model of play – controlling video games with out danger – persistently since then.
“If that is going to be a 90+ level season, if Metropolis are going to hit 90 odd factors, Liverpool are going to have many extra video games like Sunday and I do not suppose they’re going to attain that factors tally.”
Sky Sports activities’ Ben Ransom on Liverpool
“I feel this comes right down to personnel. The actual fact they did not have Van Dijk, and the modified midfield three in opposition to Spurs, meant they could not get that management as Spurs feasted on that. It additionally meant that the service as much as Salah wasn’t fairly as efficient.
“I feel they may outscore most groups, however the problem will are available in these types of video games in opposition to respectable groups.
“However that apart, if AFCON goes forward, I do not suppose Liverpool can win it anyway, with out Salah for a handful of video games.”
Sky Sports activities’ Gerard Model on Man Metropolis
“The factor is with Metropolis they’ll simply go on 10, 12, 14, 16-game successful runs with out inflicting a lot of a fuss. It appears weird to say a couple of aspect that has gained 4 of the final 5 titles, however they go about their enterprise beneath the radar.
“It isn’t that folks overlook about Metropolis, however they’re so machine-like, they dismantle sides so simply. It is like: ‘Oh, Metropolis have gained once more, and once more.’
“For me, they’re positively favourites. I feel Pep has mastered the psychology of this Metropolis aspect, the place he reduces exterior noise to a minimal.”
Sky Sports activities’ Ben Ransom on Man Metropolis
“Metropolis are enjoying improbable soccer once more. They’ve gone onto one other degree within the final couple weeks, which coincides with what we noticed of them final yr, happening that 21 match successful run.
“Pep is aware of the gamers are in tune with what he needs, all tactical shifts from the summer season are as much as commonplace, and so they look harmful.
“It is that ruthlessness which has come synonymous with Metropolis’s nice sides. There was no probability each Newcastle and Leeds had been having any probability as a result of Metropolis would not enable it.
“Metropolis are successful, they’ve momentum, and all of that once they did not signal a striker, and that is worrying for the remainder of the Premier League. They give the impression of being unstoppable in the intervening time.”
How the desk stands
It is tight on the prime. Solely six factors separate the three sides as we enter the festive tail-end – however Manchester Metropolis have prolonged a one-point lead over Liverpool to 3 over the previous week. Likewise, the Reds at the moment are three factors away from Chelsea.
The title chase
Present kind: Metropolis pulling away?
Eight in a row for Metropolis, however Liverpool six-game win streak ended with the 2-2 thriller at Tottenham. In the meantime, Chelsea have registered two successive attracts to fall six factors adrift of the league leaders…
Festive fixtures: Who may stutter?
The busy festive interval usually separates contenders from also-rans, with three Premier League video games in a single week.
However who has the toughest run?
Each Liverpool and Metropolis have two away video games, however Jurgen Klopp’s aspect even have a Carabao Cup quarter-final with Leicester to navigate, in addition to that massive conflict at Chelsea on January 2.
Chelsea, in the meantime, have two dwelling video games, but additionally have a Carabao Cup quarter-final vs Brentford on December 22, whereas all three title contenders face present top-half opposition in two of their three league outings.
High scorers and creators
Liverpool dominate the highest of the objectives, photographs assists and probabilities created standings…
The Africa Cup of Nations will run from January 9 to February 6, with 40 Premier League gamers probably being known as up for responsibility for the event in Cameroon.
These known as as much as AFCON may miss at the very least one Premier League spherical (weekend of January 15/16), the FA Cup third spherical (weekend of January 8) and the Carabao Cup semi-finals (w/c January 3 and January 10) within the best-case state of affairs.
Nevertheless, relying on when golf equipment launch their gamers, and the way match they’re on return, within the worst case, gamers may miss 4 Premier League rounds, each Carabao Cup semi-finals and each the FA Cup third and fourth rounds.
Chelsea gamers probably chosen: Edouard Mendy (Senegal), Hakim Ziyech (Morocco)
Liverpool gamers probably chosen: Mohamed Salah (Egypt), Sadio Mane (Senegal), Naby Keita (Guinea)
Man Metropolis gamers probably chosen: Riyad Mahrez (Algeria)
Watch title race unfold on Sky Sports activities
Chelsea are at Aston Villa on Boxing Day, dwell on Sky Sports activities Premier League at 5.30pm, earlier than their big dwelling conflict with Liverpool on Tremendous Sunday, January 2 at 4.30pm.
Later in January, Man Metropolis’s journey to Saints is on Saturday Night time Soccer on January 22 at 5.30pm, earlier than Palace vs Liverpool (2pm) and Chelsea vs Spurs (4.30pm) the next day on Tremendous Sunday.
Reside Renault Tremendous Sunday
Sunday twenty sixth December 5:00pm
Reside Renault Tremendous Sunday
Sunday 2nd January 4:00pm
Sunday December 26: Aston Villa vs Chelsea, kick-off 5.30pm
Sunday January 2: Chelsea vs Liverpool, kick-off 4.30pm
Saturday January 22: Southampton vs Manchester Metropolis, kick-off 5.30pm
Sunday January 23: Crystal Palace vs Liverpool, kick-off 2pm
Sunday January 23: Chelsea vs Tottenham, kick-off 4.30pm