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Premier League title race: Will Arsenal, Liverpool or Manchester City win?

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Football News 1 HOUR AGO LISTEN There’s just one point separating Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City with 10 games to go of the 2023-24 Premier League season After the drama of the draw between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday, it is a good time to take stock of a thrilling three-way Premier League title race with 10 games to go.For the first time since 2014, just one point separates the top three after 28 games played – and it now looks likely that it will go down to the wire.The top three now don’t play again in the league for three weeks – due to the FA Cup quarter-finals and an international break – returning when Liverpool play Brighton and Manchester City host Arsenal on Sunday 31 March.That gives fans far too much time to over-analyse every single permutation – so BBC Sport, with data experts Nielsen’s Gracenote, help to break down the title race match-by-match to see who is projected for glory or heartbreak… Current table Premier League table as of 10 March Team Played Points GD GS Form (past 5 games) 1. Arsenal 28 64 46 70 WWWWW 2. Liverpool 28 64 39 65 DWWWD 3. Man City 28 63 35 63 WWWWD If teams are level at the end of 38 games, the title will be decided on goal difference, and if still level, goals scored What are the remaining fixtures? Liverpool Manchester City Arsenal March Brighton (H) Arsenal (H) Manchester City (A) April Sheffield United (H) Aston Villa (H) Luton (H) Manchester United (A) Crystal Palace (A) Brighton (A) Crystal Palace (H) Luton (H) Aston Villa (H) Fulham (A) Tottenham (A) Wolves (A) West Ham (A) Nottingham Forest (A) Tottenham (A) May Tottenham (H) Wolves (H) Bournemouth (H) Aston Villa (A) Fulham (A) Manchester United (A) Wolves (H) West Ham (H) Everton (H) Postponed to date tbc Everton (A) Brighton (A) Chelsea (H) Pep Guardiola’s City side are in typically formidable post-Christmas form as they aim for an English top-flight record of four consecutive titles. They have 10 wins from 13 league games since December’s 1-0 loss to Aston Villa.As for Liverpool, the 3-1 loss to Arsenal on 4 February remains their only league defeat in nine games so far in 2024. Jurgen Klopp’s team still have a trip to Goodison Park for the Merseyside derby to fit into a busy schedule.On Arsenal, although they end this weekend top of the table, Simon Gleave, head of analysis at Nielsen’s Gracenote says their Euro Club Index simulations have the title battle as a “two-horse race”, rating City and Liverpool higher as well as the Gunners having “trickier” fixtures.He said: “Arsenal have six matches left against teams in the Premier League’s top half but five of those are away from home. Manchester City and Liverpool also both have six matches remaining against teams in the top half of the Premier League, but four of City’s are at home and half of Liverpool’s are.”Match-by-match projectionsMan City’s trip to Spurs has the lowest percentage win prediction from Nielsen’s GracenoteAway trips to Manchester United and Aston Villa have been identified as potential slip-ups for Liverpool by Nielsen’s Gracenote’s predictionsNielsen’s Gracenote projections has Arsenal dropping points against several sides and gives them only a 15% chance of beating Man City When were the other closest 3-way title races? There have only been a handful of three-way Premier League title races where the teams have been separated by just two points towards the end of a 38-game season.2013-14: By as late as 6 May 2014 only two points separated Liverpool, Man City and Chelsea, but City won their game in hand to leapfrog a stumbling Liverpool – characterised by Steven Gerrard’s infamous slip and Crystal Palace’s comeback – and snatch the title.2001-02: On 23 April 2002, Arsenal led Liverpool by a point with Man Utd a further point back. But Arsenal had a game in hand and were part-way through a run of 11 consecutive wins and sealed the title by beating United at Old Trafford.1995-96: In mid-March, with eight games left Man Utd were level on 61 points with Newcastle and Liverpool were on 59 points in third. Despite having played two games more, Sir Alex Ferguson’s side saw off the challenge of Kevin Keegan’s Magpies. Who do the prediction models suggest wins the title? Predicted Premier League final table – Opta Team % chance of winning title Current position & points 1. Man City 46 3rd – 63 points 2. Liverpool 35 2nd – 64 points 3. Arsenal 19 1st – 64 points Opta’s ‘supercomputer’ prediction model estimates the probability of each match outcome (win, draw or loss) by using betting market odds and the Opta team rankings – based on historical and recent team performances. These are simulated thousands of times to create the probabilities. Predicted Premier League final table – Gracenote Team Predicted points % chance of winning title Current position & points 1. Man City 87 47 3nd – 63 points 2. Liverpool 86 36 2nd – 64 points 3. Arsenal 83 18 1st – 64 points Gracenote estimates the probability of each match outcome – win, draw or loss – using their Euro Club Index and then simulates the rest of the season a million times to create the probabilities. What happened at this stage last year? Three draws in a row for Arsenal in April 2023 saw their title challenge loose momentum last season as Manchester City took the trophyArsenal’s title challenge started to fade at the same stage last year.Gleave says: “Manchester City came into their own at the end of last season when the title race was transformed from a 50/50 battle at the beginning of April into a near-certain league title for Pep Guardiola’s team less than a month later.” What if they finish level on points? Going into Sunday’s game, the chance that at least two of the three title contenders finish level on points at the top of the Premier League was 9.4%, according to simulations run by Gracenote. The chance that all three finished level on points was just 0.5%.Should there be a tie, the league is decided on goal difference, then goals scored, then most points in the head-to-head matches, then most away goals in the head-to-head record.Whatever happens, there are certain to be plenty of twists and turns between now and the final day of the campaign on 19 May.

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