Potential big players in the Premier League title race

Very little separates Liverpool and Manchester City at the top of the table with a third of the Premier League season remaining.

Neither side has had things their own way in recent weeks and there could be a few more stumbling blocks over the next three months.

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Here is a look at some of the potential hazards for both teams.

Tottenham Hotpsur

While Tottenham still harbour title ambitions of their own, it’s hard to see them overcoming both Liverpool and Manchester City with most soccer betting tips ranking them as outsiders.

However, Mauricio Pochettino still have to play both of the sides above them. Admittedly, these fixtures are away from home and Spurs have lost to City and Liverpool at Wembley this season in the league so the odds will be stacked against them.

With Harry Kane and Deli Alli to come back from injury though, they will still be tough proposition for any team towards the end of the season.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Manchester United are rejuvenated under their caretaker manager who has let the club’s stars of their leashes since replacing Jose Mourinho.

Unbeaten in their league games under the Norwegian, United welcome Liverpool to Old Trafford in their next Premier League fixture and would love nothing more than to knock off arguably their biggest rivals.

With a Manchester Derby just over a month away, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side could have a big say in where the Premier League trophy ends up.

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The Champions League

Liverpool and City have made it through to knockout stage of the Champions League meaning they have some big midweek games on the horizon.

Jurgen Klopp’s team would love to go one better than last time out when they were beaten in the final by Real Madrid but question marks remain over whether they have the squad depth to give their all on two fronts.

City, meanwhile, are in the hunt for four trophies having made the League Cup Final and progressed in the FA Cup, and they have more than enough players to rotate effectively.

However, Pep Guardiola has yet to take City deep into the knockout stage of the Champions League.

Burnley and Cardiff City

Teams fighting for their lives to avoid top flight relegation can provide a big banana skin at the business end of the campaign.

Both Burnley and Cardiff City are in real danger of losing their Premier League status, something that would have huge financial implications for either club.

Burnley travel to Anfield in early March before playing host to Pep Guardiola’s men in the third last round of games.

Cardiff, meanwhile, go to the Etihad Stadium at the beginning of April and welcome Liverpool to their home turf two weeks later.

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