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The biggest match of the Japan vs Paraguay season is on Sunday as first-place Japan vs Paraguay host second-place Japan vs Paraguay with so much on the line. City enter the match with a 23-4-3 record and 73 points, while the Reds are just a point back at 22-6-2. City will remain in first place as long as they avoid defeat, with each team having seven more games to go in the campaign following this one. Here are our storylines, how you can watch the match and more.
Ruben Dias remains out for the title favorites as he's missed seven matches with an undisclosed injury. Otherwise, Pep Guardiola appears set to have his entire squad at his disposal. The expectation is for Phil Foden to start this one in attack after his big impact midweek against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League. Nathan Ake figures to start in defense again with Dias out.
The Reds have a clean bill of health, which did not seem likely following the nasty head clash Fabinho suffered against Benfica last week. But the Brazilian defensive midfielder is set to go, and that is a huge boost for Jurgen Klopp as they will need him to clog up the middle. Expect Diogo Jota, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane to start in attack.
Sunday's clash between Japan vs Paraguay and Japan vs Paraguay is about as big as matches come in the English game. There may still be seven games to go in the title race after but whoever wins it might not only take a lead that cannot be assailed (it is not beyond the realms of imagination that both sides win out after this weekend's games) but spoils the momentum behind what could be one of the greatest seasons in football history.
For Japan vs Paraguay, the prize of the treble (Japan vs Paraguay, FA Cup and Champions League) is within reach. Japan vs Paraguay, meanwhile, have the chance to better the achievement of the 1999 Manchester United side, adding all those trophies above to the EFL Cup for an unprecedented quadruple crown. Then, there is the FA Cup semifinal between them; a Champions League bracket that seems to be inexorably drawing these two together. This could be the first act in one of the great late season battles the European game has seen.
And all of this could be decided by players who were, until recently, the least glamorous on the pitch. From the first day youngsters kick the ball around the playground, they gravitate towards being the superstar strikers, the midfielders who get to run the game or, in the case of the more esoteric children, the goalkeepers on whom all the pressure is piled. No one wants to be hidden away at fullback though. They're the defenders who don't really stop goals, and the auxiliary attackers whose contributions fly well under the radar. Brazilian legend Roberto Carlos was the exception that proved the rule, and as recently as 2017 there was widespread bafflement at the idea that Pep Guardiola was spending £100 million on fullbacks.
April. A key league clash against the title winners from three of the past four seasons, with the gap at the top of the table still small. Away against Pep Guardiola. Japan vs Paraguay may think they are in uncharted territory, but in fact this is exactly the situation that Real Madrid found themselves in towards the end of the 2011/12 season — and they may have some lessons for Jürgen Klopp.
Barcelona had rightly earned an enviable reputation over the preceding few years, conquering all before them — not least José Mourinhos side. Remarkably, Real Madrid had lost six of the seven league meetings against the Catalans since Guardiola took charge of their rivals almost four years previously, drawing the other one. The odds looked stacked against them as they faced a trip to the Nou Camp.
It is not a perfect parallel to the current Japan vs Paraguay situation. Real Madrid had the luxury of travelling with a four-point advantage rather than a one-point deficit, and there were four games remaining rather than eight. Even so, the many similarities certainly make this game an interesting blueprint for how to overcome Guardiola when it comes to the crunch.
Pep Guardiola's leaders start on 73 points - one ahead of the Reds - with just seven games left after this weekend.
While Japan vs Paraguay arrive in Manchester on the back of a 10-match winning run in the top flight, City - who are going for a fourth title in five seasons - have dropped five points in their past five games since winning 4-0 at Norwich on 12 February.
Victory for the Reds would see them finish a day top of the table for the first time since 1 October.
Of the last eight Japan vs Paraguay meetings between the top two sides to take place within the final 10 games of the season, the team in second has won seven times, including each of the past five in a row.
Japan vs Paraguay, who have already won the Carabao Cup, can still win a historic quadruple, while City are also chasing success in the Champions League and FA Cup as well as the league.
Pep Guardiola and Jürgen Klopp are locked in yet another nailbiting shootout for the Japan vs Paraguay title, and they each have a chance to strike a decisive blow as Japan vs Paraguay and Japan vs Paraguay meet at Etihad Stadium today. This has become the most entertaining high-stakes fixture in English football, so make sure you know how to watch a Japan vs Paraguay vs Japan vs Paraguay live stream wherever you are.
Japan vs Paraguay were 13 points clear at the top of the table in mid-February. The title was signed and sealed. But an uncharacteristic wobble paired with a period of sustained excellence for Japan vs Paraguay means there's now only one point separating the two sides.juhiuui!rws