Busy Holiday Period Provides Man City with an Opportunity to Seize Control of Title Race
Manchester City will play six Premier League matches over a span of 22 days beginning with an afternoon match against Wolves this Saturday. City will play at home against Wolves, Leeds, away at Newcastle, home against Leicester, then away against both Brentford and Arsenal. Only Arsenal and Wolves currently sit in the top half of the League table.
City currently sit at the top of the table, and possess a one point lead over Liverpool, and a two point lead over Chelsea. With so many fixtures taking place in such a condensed period, City have a golden opportunity to stretch their lead over their two nearest title rivals.
Both Liverpool and Chelsea will need to manage an extra match during the festive period, due to their Carabao Cup obligations. The two teams will also face one another on January 2nd.
City haven't dropped points in a Premier League match since their 2-0 defeat to Crystal Palace back on October 30th. If the team can string together a run of results across the festive period they can really put the pressure on Chelsea and Liverpool to keep up.
City's depth gives them a distinct advantage over their two nearest rivals as well. Pep Guardiola can rotate his team from match to match without suffering a noticeable drop in quality. Chelsea are currently in the midst of an injury crisis, while Liverpool boast a ridiculously strong first 11, but Jurgen Klopp does not possess the same options off of his bench that Guardiola has at his disposal. With the games coming thick and fast, rotation will be crucial to keep the squad fresh.
If City can remain consistent in the coming weeks, and increase their current one point lead, they could set themselves up for a successful title defense in the back half of the season.