Thursday night’s game will give a real indication of who’s going to spend next year playing amongst the very elite.
With Chelsea and Tottenham seemingly running away in the race for the title and both in pretty insurmountable form, it leaves Liverpool sat in 3rd on 66 points, followed by Manchester City in 4th on 64 and Manchester United in 5th on 63, each with 2 games in hand on the Liverpudlians .
City will be looking to bounce back after their recent defeat to Arsenal in the FA cup semi-final, whilst United are on a strong run of form, after winning their last 5 games, including a 2-0 victory over title favourites Chelsea.
- Sergio Aguero has been declared fit to play, whilst Brazilian superstar, Gabriel Jesus, has been described as ‘not in optimal condition’ by boss, Pep Guardiola.
- David Silva is a doubt after receiving a knock against Arsenal
- Manchester United are without French midfielder Paul Pogba after a muscle injury picked up in training
- Finally, Ander Herrera looks fit to start despite being a doubt after claims of a knock to his ankle.
- The 2016-2017 season looks set to be Pep’s first without silverware in 9 years of management, whilst Mourinho is still on track to pick up the Europa League to add to their earlier success in the Capital One® Cup
- “I would say it can be the first season of the next five or six or seven, who knows, but it can be the first season of better years.” Is what Mourinho had to say at a recent press conference following their extra time victory over Belgian side, Anderlecht.
- While Guardiola had this to say about his upcoming rivals “They [Manchester United] are good. Good rival, good quality and a long run in the Premier League without defeat.”