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Premier League Previewv- Matchday 38

Deke Hardman in Editorial, English Premier League 12 May 2019

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One of the most thrilling title races in the history of the Premier League concludes this afternoon, when either Manchester City or Liverpool will be crowned champions.

Pep Guardiola’s side will retain their crown if they win at Brighton and Hove Albion, though anything less will leave the door open for the Reds, who are looking to win the title for the first time in twenty-nine years.

The Seagulls are safe despite looking over their shoulder until last weekend, when they celebrated by taking an impressive point at Arsenal.

Thrilling

Jurgen Klopp’s men welcome a Wolverhampton Wanderers side who are guaranteed of seventh place whatever the result at Anfield, fresh from booking their place in the Champions League final on a thrilling night on Merseyside midweek.

Tottenham Hotspur took Tuesday’s semi-final and raised it by coming from three goals down to stun Ajax in the second half in Amsterdam on Wednesday evening, and they need just a point at home to Everton to also guarantee themselves a top four finish.

A point is also likely to be enough to see Marco Silva’s men end the campaign in eighth place, though Leicester City could leapfrog them if they beat Chelsea at the King Power Stadium.

Europe

Maurizio Sarri’s side begin the day in third place, a point ahead of Spurs having secured their spot in the Europa League final after beating Eintracht Frankfurt on penalties on Thursday evening.

The Blues will face Arsenal in Baku, and the Gunners end their league campaign hoping to halt a winless run of four games at Burnley.

Manchester United are guaranteed to finish either fifth or sixth – either way short of the Champions League spot they so longed for and end the campaign with the visit of relegated Cardiff City, while the two other sides heading to the Championship, Fulham and Huddersfield Town take on Newcastle United and Southampton respectively.

Elsewhere, twelfth place Crystal Palace host a Bournemouth side who side just a place below them while Watford take on West Ham United with a top half finish up for grabs.

Distraction

The Hornets may be forgiven for having an eye on next weekend’s FA Cup final at Wembley, where they will face a Manchester City side who could well be looking to complete a domestic treble.

The champions are of course the favourites to be in first place by 5pm this evening, though you may be tempted to back Liverpool to pip them at the generous price of 6/1, especially considering the week we have just witnessed.

Mo Salah is of course favourite to seal the Golden Boot, two clear of teammate Sadio Mane, Sergio Aguero of Manchester City and Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Deke Hardman


Freelance football writer with a love of the game that goes back to the mid nineties when both his beloved Nottingham Forest and England had genuine hope of acheiving some level of success. A regular contributor to both SoccerNews.com and FreeBetting.com, Deke also dabbles in music journalism with his heart and head still stuck in the latter years of the twentieth century.

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