LONDON. – Manchester City can secure a third English Premier League soccer crown in record time today although bitter rivals Manchester United will be aiming to spoil the party at the Etihad Stadium.
Victory would clinch the title for City with six games to spare, which would be the earliest the Premier League has ever been won, but they will have to put behind them the disappointment of their 3-0 Champions League quarterfinal first-leg defeat by Liverpool.
Three points would also move City within eight of the Premier League record haul for a season and put them two wins away from matching the record number of campaign victories set by Chelsea last year.
Beating their neighbours to seal a title success would be the icing on the cake for City fans, who had to look on as United dominated English football for the majority of the past three decades.
“I know what it would mean – it would be like Barcelona winning the title at Madrid or Real winning at Barca,” City manager Pep Guardiola said.
“It would be special.” And Manchester City remain focused on wrapping up the Premier League title against local rivals Manchester United today even if they have some unfinished business against Liverpool, captain Vincent Kompany has said.
(All 4Pm Unless Otherwise Stated)
Today: Everton v Liverpool (1:30pm); Brighton & Hove Albion v Huddersfield Town; Bournemouth v Crystal Palace; West Bromwich Albion v Swansea City; Leicester City v Newcastle United; Watford v Burnley; Stoke City v Tottenham Hotspur; Manchester City v Manchester United (6:30pm).
Tomorrow: Arsenal v Southampton (3:15pm); Chelsea v West Ham United (5:30pm). – Reuters.