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Premier League Final Day: Battle for The Title Concludes
Manchester City and Liverpool have battled tooth and nail all season for the Premier League title and the race has gone right down to the wire. Pep Guardiola’s men hold a one-point lead over the Reds as we head into the final round of fixtures. Their destiny is in their own hands and they know that victory over Brighton on Sunday would make them the first team in a decade to win back-to-back Premier League titles. Yet Liverpool are poised to capitalise on any slip ups and they will be hell-bent on securing victory over Wolves at Anfield.
All or Nothing in the Premier League Title Race
Man City looked set to embark upon an extended period of domestic domination after they seized the Premier League title with a record-breaking points haul last season. Yet Liverpool already boasted a world-class strike force, they invested heavily in the midfield and on a new goalkeeper in the summer and totally closed the gap on Guardiola’s side. For much of the season it looked as if the title would finally be heading to Anfield, but Man City secured a crucial 2-1 victory over Liverpool in January to claw their way back into contention.
Guardiola’s men have gone on to achieve a magnificent run of form at the perfect time of the season. Man City have won their last 13 league games on the bounce and that has seen them overtake Liverpool and hold a one-point lead as we head into the final day. It has been tense, but they have now kept four clean sheets in a row and they keep finding a way to win. Brighton have struggled in front of goal in recent weeks, but they drew 1-1 with Arsenal last time out and they are assured of a place in the top flight once more in 2019/20.
Liverpool arguably have a tougher game against Wolves, who have climbed up to seventh in the standings after winning their last three matches. It finished 2-0 to the Reds when these teams met at Molineux earlier this season, but Wolves have improved over the course of the season and they are playing some attractive, ambitious football at present.
What are the Premier League Title Permutations?
Man City will be crowned champions once more if they beat Brighton at the Amex on Sunday. The Seagulls have a very stubborn defence, and it will require a great deal of ingenuity from the likes of Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva to unlock it. If Man City draw or lose and Liverpool win, the Reds will clinch the title. If Man City lose and Liverpool draw, the title would still go to Guardiola’s men as they boast a superior goal difference. Liverpool must simply try to beat Wolves and hope Brighton spring a huge upset against Man City.
Has a Team Ever got to 97 Points and not won the Premier League?
Liverpool’s points tally will increase to 97 if they beat Wolves on Sunday. That would have been enough to win them the title in any Premier League season apart from 2017/18, when Man City racked up a record-breaking 100 points. If both teams win on Sunday, Man City will be on 98 points and Liverpool will be on 97, and that would represent the second and third highest points totals in Premier League history. The marauding Chelsea team of 2004/05 only managed 95 points under Jose Mourinho, while Man Utd’s best tally was 91 in 1999/2000 and Arsenal’s Invincibles also secured just 90 points back in 2004. The Reds would therefore count themselves extremely unfortunate not to win the title if they are left empty-handed this year.
When was the Last Time the Premier League Title Race Went to the Final day?
This will be just the eighth time in Premier League history that the title race has gone down to the final day. The last time it went right down to the wire was the 2013/14 season, which also saw Liverpool and Man City battling for glory. The Reds looked likely to win their first ever Premier League title, but a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Chelsea – featuring Steven Gerrard’s infamous slip – scuppered their chances of success and Man City secured the title with a 2-0 victory over West Ham on the final day of the campaign. Man City also pipped Man Utd to the title on the final day in 2011/12, when Sergio Aguero’s strike deep into stoppage time handed them a 3-2 win over QPR.
Who Will Win the Race for the Premier League Golden Boot?
Mohamed Salah leads the way on 22 goals and he has a great chance of wrapping up a second consecutive Premier League Golden Boot. He is two clear of Aguero, Aubameyang and teammate Sadio Mane, so anyone looking to overtake the Egyptian would need to score a final day hat-trick. Salah was ruled out of Liverpool’s Champions League semi-final second leg clash with Barcelona on midweek due to concussion, but he could return to face Wolves on Sunday. Aguero is likely to start against Brighton and he shares the record for the most Premier League hat-tricks with Alan Shearer, so he could yet make this race interesting.
What Else is to be Decided on Final Day in the Premier League?
Chelsea guaranteed themselves a place in next season’s Champions League when they beat Watford 3-0 last weekend. However, if they finish third they will qualify automatically for the group stage, while the fourth placed team has to face a dreaded early season playoff. Chelsea are currently third and they hold a one-point lead over Tottenham, so they know that victory against Leicester would wrap up third place on the final day.
Spurs will be without suspended Son Heung-Min and injured Harry Kane when they host Everton on Sunday. They are three points ahead of Arsenal and they have a +28 goal difference compared to Arsenal’s +20. If Arsenal beat Burnley 5-0 at Turf Moor and Spurs lose 3-0 to Everton, the Gunners could sneak fourth place at their rivals’ expense.
Cardiff were relegated via a defeat to Crystal Palace last weekend, and they will join Huddersfield and Fulham in the Championship next season. Wolves are guaranteed seventh, and that would be good enough for a Europa League place if Man City beat Watford in the FA Cup final. A couple of mid-table teams could change positions on the final day, but there is nothing else to be decided.
What Premier League Specials are on Offer for Final Day?
The wide range of Premier League football spread betting markets at Sporting Index offer you the perfect opportunity to take the drama and thrill of final day in the Premier League to the next level.
One intriguing special betting option for the final day is the Premier League Winner Leading Minutes. This allows you to predict how long each team will spend at the top of the table in minutes during Sunday’s games.
Both Man City and Liverpool kick off at the same time and Pep Guardiola’s men currently lead the standings. Let’s say, for example, City were to score an early goal against Brighton, before any potential Liverpool lead at Anfield, and go on to secure victory, Man City would be top for all 90 minutes. However, if Liverpool were to go 1-0 up in the sixth minute and Man City did not take the lead until the 72nd minute, Man City would have been top for 24 minutes in total (six minutes at the start and 18 minutes at the end) and Liverpool would have been top for the other 66 minutes. Man City’s Leading Minutes are priced at 74-77 and Liverpool’s at 13-16.
We should expect plenty of twists and turns on a dramatic final day in the Premier League title race, and there is every chance of an interchanging top two on Sunday, so this could be a thrilling market to bet on.
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