The Premier League weekend Arsenal fear most that could define Liverpool and Man City title race

By Staff

It is the Premier League title run-in. Ten games to go. One point separates the top three. Who comes out on top come May 19?

There are sure to be twists and turns along the way, although none of the trio have been dropping too many points of late, so there may not be any twists, nor turns at all.

However, with all three facing tough fixtures in the run-in – all three have to play Tottenham, two face Manchester United and Manchester City vs Arsenal is the game after the international break ends – you can imagine there will be changes to the order at the top in the weeks to come.

That City vs Arsenal game could be a pivotal one. Either side picking up three points leaves the other with ground to make up. Arsenal travelling to fierce north London rivals Tottenham on April 27 could also be a key one for the Gunners as they aim to claim the Premier League crown for the first time since 2004.

Liverpool face West Ham away and Man City go to Nottingham Forest when the North London Derby takes place, with all three clubs away from home. That could be a big weekend. While Arsenal’s record away at Spurs is not great, Liverpool have an almost faultless record against the Hammers away in the last seven seasons, winning five, drawing once and losing once. Man City, meanwhile, drew away at Forest last season on their return to the Premier League.

One other weekend stands out as being one that Arsenal may be fearing the most. The penultimate weekend of the season could also be a pivotal one in determining in whose trophy cabinet the Premier League trophy sits come the end of the season.

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Once again all three title contenders are away from home. Arsenal face the daunting trip to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United, while Liverpool go to Aston Villa and Man City make the trip to Fulham.

None of those matches look particularly easy, with Villa gunning for a Champions League spot and Fulham enjoying a fine home record this season, having beaten both Arsenal and Tottenham at Craven Cottage this year.

However, Liverpool have beaten Villa eight times in the last ten seasons at Villa Park, while City have won seven of the last ten trips to Fulham in the Premier League, losing none of them.

Arsenal, meanwhile, have an unenviable record away at United. The Gunners have won just once at the home of the Red Devils in the last ten campaigns, drawing five times and losing on four occasions. As much as supporters may be fearing the Spurs match, it is the United one, given the other two teams’ fixtures on that weekend, that could have the biggest fear factor.

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