Is Liverpool v Manchester City really a title decider?

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Plenty of commentators and pundits have said the winner of this game will lift the league title

This weekend’s clash with Liverpool and Manchester City has been billed as the game that could decide the title.

Whoever comes out on top at Anfield on Sunday lunchtime will have the destiny of the Premier League title in their hands – the simple equation of winning all their remaining games will lead to them being crowned champions – with a draw suiting City the most of the two sides.

If Chelsea win at Swansea City this weekend they will keep up the pressure on the two sides at the top, and if Liverpool prevail against City they will just be the two points clear of Jose Mourinho’s men. But if City win two games in hand, the gap would be one point.

It would seem that to say this weekend’s game is a decider or shootout for the title is a little wide of the mark.

There is no doubt that if either side comes out on top at Anfield on Sunday, it would give them a huge lift for their remaining games, and it would become very hard for sides to get anything out of their encounters against them.

But there is still that small issue of Liverpool v Chelsea at Anfield in two weeks' time. On paper you would say that both Liverpool and Chelsea should win their remaining games, whilst the trip to Goodison Park to face Everton looks like a very difficult fixture for Manuel Pellegrini's side.

Momentum is a key word, so is the term 'twists and turns'.

If City were to win on Sunday at Anfield, it would make it incredibly difficult for Liverpool to catch them, and would put them in command, especially with Liverpool and Chelsea meeting during the run-in.

The danger is that all sides have relegation threatened sides to come up against, all potential banana skins but the majority of those games are at home for City - two are at home for Chelsea. They should pick up those points easily. 

Though these sides will be viewed as strong favourites for those games, football can be a funny old game.

After this weekend's games, here's what the three sides will have left. Is it going to be decided purely on this weekend? Not for me!

Liverpool: Norwich City (A), Chelsea (H), Crystal Palace (A) and Newcastle United (H).

Manchester City: Sunderland (H), West Brom (H), Palace (A), Everton (A), Villa (H), West Ham (H).

Chelsea: Sunderland (H), Liverpool (A), Norwich (H), Cardiff (A).

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