In April 2021, Manchester City will play seven matches across four competitions. They will also have an opportunity to potentially win silverware in two of these four competitions this month.
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First, the English Premier League. Manchester City currently sit at the top of the EPL table, 14 points ahead of second-placed Manchester United. City will play Leicester City, Leeds United, and Aston Villa in April. The Sky Blues have already defeated the Foxes this month. Meanwhile, United (who have a game in hand) will face Tottenham Hotspur, Burnley, and Leeds United. Should City win their remaining league matches this month, and if United were to stumble in their games, this could see the Sky Blues extend their lead over the Red Devils. If this were the case, the title could be formally decided by the end of April.
Second, City will face Tottenham Hotspur on 25 April in the Carabao Cup Final. This is their fourth consecutive final with Guardiola, and they won the previous three competitions. They will look to win the competition again for the fourth season in a row. In recent seasons, the winner of the Carabao Cup also won the league, meaning it could serve as an additional boost of momentum for the Sky Blues as they look to win the 2020/21 EPL title. City, however, cannot be complacent as Tottenham will be a difficult opponent.
Third, Chelsea were paired with City in the FA Cup’s Semi-finals on 17 April. The Sky Blues have previously faced the Blues in the competition on six previous occasions, where City won four of these six encounters. Chelsea, however, won the most recent matchup in 2016. Should City win, they would face either Southampton or Leicester City in the competition’s final. Guardiola has previously made the FA Cup Semi-final in three of his five seasons.
Finally, Manchester City will face Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League’s Quarter-finals. Perhaps the two most difficult matches for City in the month of April, they will also be the most important. Manchester City have failed to advance past the competitions Quarter-finals under Guardiola’s tenure, and they have only featured once in their history in the tournament’s Semi-final. Given City’s domestic form, Guardiola will work hard to ensure that his men replicate their form in this European competition.
Overall, much is at stake for Manchester City in April 2021 as this month will define their 2020/21 season. Will the Sky Blues come one step closer to winning the FA Cup and Champions League, and will they retain the Carabao Cup for a fourth consecutive season? Or will they be left with disappointment at the end of this month? Time will tell.