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Why Man City and Liverpool FC fixtures after international break could give Pep Guardiola edge in title race

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Manchester City have made a habit of hitting the accelerator pedal as they come out of the first international break of the season.

In the last two seasons, in which the Blues have won consecutive Premier League titles, they have dropped points in August by drawing a game.



Leicester are tucked in to third position, the only other unbeaten team so far, ad will not be a walkover.



Both clubs have difficult away trips in Europe in this next phase of the season, City facing the long trip to Ukraine to face Shakhtar Donetsk, while Liverpool head into the fierce atmosphere of Napoli, so no edge to be gained there.

So what are the chances of City making up the two-point gap which Liverpool have eked out at the start of this campaign?

A snowy pitch and a gutsy Foxes team saw Liverpool drop a couple of points in this fixture last season – and Brendan Rodgers’ team nearly took a draw at the Etihad too.

Three points would increase the pressure on Liverpool’s trip to Stamford Bridge the following day.
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