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It is benefit Man Metropolis on the finish of 2021 – however the place do Chelsea and Liverpool stand after the current spherical of Premier League video games?

In a pivotal midweek, which noticed Liverpool lose at Leicester and Chelsea pegged again by a last-minute equaliser by Brighton, Manchester Metropolis pulled eight factors clear on the high of the desk with a 1-0 win at Brentford.

Chelsea are second, with Liverpool 9 factors behind Pep Guardiola’s aspect, with a sport in hand – though that hole might stretch additional earlier than Chelsea and Liverpool meet on Tremendous Sunday.

Right here, we run by means of the contenders, their festive schedules, damage lists, stats and extra…

Evaluation of the midweek outcomes: Man Metropolis take management as Chelsea, Liverpool falter

Sky Sports activities’ Adam Bate on Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp’s finely-tuned machine was not functioning because it ought to have finished in Leicester. The area was out huge for Liverpool however the midfielders have been too sluggish to search out it. After they did, the supply from the flanks was not fairly what it ought to have been.

Possibilities have been nonetheless created however once they have been, they have been wasted. Most notably by Mohamed Salah in squandering the prospect to attain from the spot however there was additionally an enormous miss by Sadio Mane and a collection of half-chances spurned by the wasteful Diogo Jota.

Fatigue shouldn’t have been an element and Klopp appreciated the irony of shedding to a group that had performed on Boxing Day given his fixture complaints. However the feeling persists that the sheer relentlessness required to maintain tempo with Manchester Metropolis has caught up with them.

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Leicester’s win towards Liverpool within the Premier League.

Sky Sports activities’ Lewis Jones on Chelsea

Chelsea have been three factors away from Liverpool and 4 factors forward of Manchester Metropolis after 12 Premier League video games on the finish of November.

They now path leaders Metropolis by eight factors and are only one forward of Liverpool having performed a sport extra.

The west Londoners have gone from 15/8 photographs with Sky Wager for the title all the best way out to 16/1. And there will not be many takers at that value contemplating Manchester Metropolis’s type, and Chelsea’s for that matter. Regardless of solely shedding their lead in stoppage time vs Brighton, they have been second finest for big elements to a group who pressed effectively, handed intelligently and appeared extra assured than their supposed title difficult rivals.

Such is the relentless tempo on the high of the Premier League, you merely cannot afford to undergo a spell of profitable simply 4 out of 10 video games like Chelsea have. Within the blink of a watch, the title has slipped out of their grasp.

Sustaining assaults and creating high quality possibilities is turning into an actual downside for Thomas Tuchel, who reduce a pissed off determine in his media duties after dropping but extra factors. Their lack of sustained, high quality assaults could be showcased by means of an anticipated objectives determine of simply 0.67 within the 1-1 draw.

Romelu Lukaku’s aim got here from a set-piece, as did most of Chelsea’s possibilities. Bear in mind it is a group that towards Arsenal on the second week of the season created 18 possibilities from open play in a single fixture. Such is their present malaise, they’ve created a complete of 18 possibilities from open play of their final three fixtures mixed towards Brighton, Aston Villa and Wolves.

It was the identical story within the 3-2 win over Leeds the place two Jorginho penalties bought them out of jail and papered over the cracks of their lack of leading edge within the ultimate third. That is now greater than only a blip for Tuchel and Chelsea. They’ve inquiries to reply.

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Chelsea’s draw with Brighton within the Premier League.

Sky Sports activities’ Ben Grounds on Man Metropolis

The title contenders are high-quality groups however are made to appear to be they’ve too many flaws, when up towards this runaway Metropolis prepare. Right here, they have been at their ruthlessly environment friendly finest, scoring by means of Phil Foden 56 seconds after Joao Cancelo had cleared the ball off his personal aim line.

‘Boring, boring Metropolis’ sang the Brentford followers as their opponents stroked the ball round within the closing phases. Boring, perhaps. However given the Liverpool and Chelsea outcomes over the previous 24 hours or so, a win right here was extraordinarily invaluable to Metropolis within the larger scheme of issues.

They roll on, maybe over the hill now within the title race.

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Manchester Metropolis’s win towards Brentford within the Premier League.

How the desk stands

Man Metropolis are pulling away, with an eight-point hole between them and second-placed Chelsea. Third-placed Liverpool have a sport in hand so might shut that distinction to 6 factors – however Guardiola’s aspect are in management now.

The title chase

Present type: Metropolis pulling away?

Ten in a row for Metropolis and so they’re in ominous type.

As for Liverpool, they adopted up their draw at Tottenham with defeat and failed to attain for the primary time in 29 Premier League video games.

Chelsea have drawn three of their final 4.

Festive fixtures: Crunch Tremendous Sunday conflict


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Sunday 2nd January 4:00pm


It is all eyes on Stamford Bridge for the Tremendous Sunday match-up between Chelsea and Liverpool, stay on Sky Sports activities.

Guardiola and his Metropolis gamers will likely be watching that one with curiosity. Extremely they might be 11 factors forward of Chelsea by that time, with their subsequent match towards Arsenal approaching Saturday lunchtime.

With the best way this fixture has fallen, we might see Chelsea or Liverpool knock their opposition out of the title race altogether, whereas a draw would solely actually go well with Metropolis at this stage.

Prime scorers and creators

Liverpool dominate the highest of the objectives, photographs assists and possibilities created standings…

Damage lists

Who might be off to AFCON?

The Africa Cup of Nations will run from January 9 to February 6, with 40 Premier League gamers probably being referred to as up for responsibility for the event in Cameroon.

These referred to as as much as AFCON might miss not less than 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 situation.

Nevertheless, relying on when golf equipment launch their gamers, and the way match they’re on return, within the worst case, gamers might miss extra Premier League rounds, each Carabao Cup semi-finals and each the FA Cup third and fourth rounds.

Watch title race unfold on Sky Sports activities

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

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