It’s open season as Man City, Liverpool chase three remaining titles

One is chasing an unprecedented quadruple. The other is eyeing a treble.

As we come to the business end of the season, Liverpool and Manchester City can potentially face each other four times in 12 days in April.

Although, if you ask their fans, they want the clubs to face each other in the FA Cup and Champions League finals in May.

But, if fate has its way, here is how the two giants can play each other four consecutive times from April 5-17.

Both are through to the quarterfinals of the Champions League and await the draw next Friday.

There is no seeding and country protection, and they might be drawn together in the last eight.

The two are also in the quarterfinals of the FA Cup, with Liverpool visiting Nottingham Forest, and Manchester City going to Southampton.

If both win, there is a chance they meet in the semifinals.

So, here is how it could play out.

The first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals is on April 5 or 6; followed by an English Premier League match on April 10; the return leg of the Champions League on April 12 or 13; and finally, the FA Cup semifinals on April 16 or 17.

A dream scenario or nightmare?

To make it harder for Liverpool, it faces bitter rivals Manchester United and Everton in the following seven days before ending April with a game against Newcastle.

City, meanwhile, has Wolves, Watford, and Leeds, for its final three matches in April.

But before that, both teams face tough opponents in the latest round of matches. Liverpool travels to Brighton tomorrow (8.30pm), and Manchester City goes to London to take on Crystal Palace on Tuesday (4am).

With the League Cup safely in its cabinet, Liverpool needs to shrug off its defeat to Inter Milan on Wednesday morning to stay on course to become the first English team to win the quadruple – League Cup, FA Cup, Premier League and Champions League.

It has the perfect opportunity against a freefalling Brighton, which has lost its last four matches.

City holds a six-point lead over Liverpool, having played a game more.

Its 4-1 demolition of Manchester United last week was an ominous sign that it will not easily relinquish its Premier League title.

Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira, who played 46 times for City, will look to throw a spanner in his former side’s title charge.

Vieira’s team is unbeaten in three, but faces its toughest test against City.

Meanwhile, Arsenal has slowly crept up to fourth in the table and has played three matches less than Manchester United and West Ham.

Separately, Chelsea’s future is in limbo as Roman Abramovich’s assets were frozen by the British government over his ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Abramovich is unable to sell the club. If the British government allows the sale, he cannot profit from it.

Other penalties include only seasoned ticket holders being allowed into Stamford Bridge and no selling of merchandise, except for retailers who have existing stock.

The club is prohibited from buying or selling players and cannot renew contracts.

FIXTURES (Malaysian time)

SATURDAY
Brighton vs Liverpool (8.30pm)
Brentford vs Burnley (11pm)

SUNDAY
Manchester United vs Tottenham (1.30am)
Chelsea vs Newcastle (10pm)
Leeds vs Norwich (10pm)
Everton vs Wolves (10pm)
West Ham vs Aston Villa (10pm)
Southampton vs Watford (10pm)

MONDAY
Arsenal vs Leicester (12.30am)

TUESDAY
Crystal Palace vs Manchester City (4am)