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City, Liverpool and Arsenal agree on fixture farce that could have big title say

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In a thrilling three-way Premier League title race that could be settled by fine margins, Manchester City must this weekend overcome a fixture hurdle that all three championship contenders agree is an unnecessary obstacle.

With City, Liverpool and Arsenal separated by just three points with eight games to go, there is little room for error in the final weeks of the campaign. All three still have European aspirations while City remain in the FA Cup as they chase a repeat of last season’s incredible treble.

With the fixtures stacking up, City’s trip to Crystal Palace on Saturday will shine a light on the 12.30pm lunchtime kick off that Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and Mikel Arteta all feel is a huge hindrance when it follows midweek matches.

The 12.30pm slot, usually for broadcast on TNT Sports and at prime time for viewing audiences in Asia, has long irked Liverpool boss Klopp while Guardiola himself launched an extended rant at City’s schedule last week.

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