A shocking result Tuesday has provided the Reds with a golden chance Wednesday
Remember that hugely important win by Manchester City against Liverpool earlier in the month that blew the title race in the Premier League wide open? Well, there’s an opportunity that result could possibly be, in ways, completely removed after what transpired on Tuesday. Manchester City was surprised at Newcastle, 2-1, blowing a 1-0 lead for its fourth loss of the season. After Sergio Aguero scored in the first minute, it was Salomon Rondon’s goal in the 66th minute that drew level. Then in the 80th minute, Newcastle was awarded a penalty and Matt Ritchie finished for the winning goal.
That result means Liverpool could go seven points clear atop the table with a win over Leicester City at Anfield on Wednesday (), a lead that wouldn’t be insurmountable but would be commanding.
The expectation still is for Liverpool and City to be neck-and-neck to the finish line, but this shocking loss by City gives the Reds a chance to earn the three points back that it dropped at the Etihad.
Nobody could have seen this result coming. City outshot Newcastle 12-6 but only four went on frame. With eight corner kicks, the chances were there to get something out of this game, but all the team got was upset.
And boy do things now get interesting. City and Liverpool’s upcoming league schedules are quite different. Take a look:
City: vs. Arsenal, at Everton, vs. Chelsea
Liverpool: at West Ham, vs. Bournemouth, at Manchester United
There’s no doubt that City’s is more challenging, despite having two at home.The truth of the matter is that Liverpool, assuming the club wins on Wednesday, could probably lose two or three even more games the rest of the way but win the league as long as it continues to get wins in the others. There is still a long way to go, but Manchester City simply hit a speed bump that may help Jurgen Klopp’s team accelerate toward the final line.
Liverpool’s game on Wednesday will air on NBC Sports Gold. The match on Monday against West Ham will air on fuboTV (Try for free).
Tuesday’s other Premier League scores
Wolves 3, West Ham 0
Everton 1, Huddersfield 0
Fulham 4, Brighton 2
Arsenal 2, Cardiff City 1
Manchester United 2, Burnley 2
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