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Manchester City draw hands advantage to title rivals

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Manchester City's title aspirations were dealt a serious blow last night after bottom of the table club Sunderland held them to a 2-2 draw at the Etihad Stadium.

Despite an early goal from Fernandinho just two minutes into the game, Sunderland starlet Connor Wickham equalised after 73 minutes before putting his club ahead 10 minutes later.

Samir Nasri managed to rescue a point for title-chasing City late on after a terrible save from Vito Mannone saw the ball trickle into the net.

Despite the opportunity they had to win it, Sunderland will be extremely happy to have taken a point in a game that was weighted strongly in Manchester City's favour.

City, on the other hand, have now lost their game-in-hand advantage over second-placed Chelsea, who they would finish one point behind - assuming that they win their last game in hand.

While we cannot rule out more drama at the top of the table seeing as all of the top clubs have dropped points against smaller teams this season, it is looking extremely likely that the season will be decided at Anfield on the April 27, when Liverpool defend their place at the top against Chelsea.

While Liverpool are favourites to lift the trophy given their point tally and current form which has seen them win 10 straight Premier League matches, Chelsea cannot be ruled out.

Another Mourinho tactical masterclass - similar to the one seen at the Etihad earlier this season - would put Chelsea in the lead and we all know that Mourinho loves being the underdog.

Chelsea's progression in the Champions League could hinder their chances, though, as they will be travelling to Spain to play Atletico Madrid just five days before the Liverpool game, before again facing the La Liga table-toppers at Stamford Bridge three days later.

Be sure to expect plenty of Mourinho mind games within the next few weeks, unless of course the top of the table takes another drastic turn before the Anfield visit.

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