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Man City Draw Gives Liverpool Hope For EPL Title



Manchester City dropped points in the title race as they were held to a goalless draw at Crystal Palace, on Monday giving hope to Liverpool.

In January, city held a 13-point lead in the English Premier League. The next time the champions play, they could be in second place.

City extended its advantage to four points but Liverpool will play twice, the first will be against Arsenal on Wednesday, before City are next in action in the league, on April 2. Liverpool also have a superior goal difference.

Victory over Patrick Vieira’s Palace on Monday night would have moved City back to six points ahead, but Liverpool can now cut the gap to a single point if they win their game in hand against Arsenal later in the week.

Pep Guardiola welcomed back Joao Cancelo and Kyle Walker to the starting XI, while Nathan Ake and Zack Steffen and Cole Palmer returned to the bench after all four missed the Champions League draw with Sporting last week.

City had chances against Palace – with Bernardo Silva fluffing his lines after Kevin De Bruyne’s shot was saved, before Aymeric Laporte blazed over with an open goal after Joao Cancelo hit the post.

Palace were the last team to stop City scoring in the league in a 2-0 win at the Etihad on Oct. 30  and did so again, even if Patrick Vieira’s team rode its luck.

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Joao Cancelo and Kevin De Bruyne struck the post for City in a match that was mostly one-way traffic except for some sporadic and dangerous counterattacks from Palace, mirroring what happened in the meeting of the teams 4 1/2 months ago.

Arguably the best chance of the game fell to City midfielder Bernardo Silva, who somehow managed to prod a shot wide from barely two meters out following Jack Grealish’s low center across the face of goal.

Guardiola opted to make no substitutions, saying he was happy with the way his team was playing despite frustration appearing to set in over the final 15 minutes and also complained about the pitch.

But Benardo Silva remained bullish about City’s position with nine games left.

“Still a long way to go,” the Portugal international said. “We are still in a good position. It’s still better to be in our position than Liverpool’s. They still have to play in our stadium as well. It’s going to be exciting.”

Liverpool has the better form, though. While the Reds have won their last eight games in the league, City has dropped points in three of its last seven outings — after a 1-1 draw at Southampton in January and a 3-2 loss at home to Tottenham last month.

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