Sunday afternoon’s matches bring the curtain down on the 2018/19 Premier League season and we can only hope they’re as exciting as this week’s stunning Champions League matches between Liverpool and Barcelona and Tottenham and Ajax. They may not be, but with the still the not so small matter of the Premier League Title to decide, there could be more twists and turns to come.
Liverpool’s astonishing 4-0 win over Barcelona has seen them installed as the new Champions League favourites but, whilst they took matters into their own hands on Tuesday night, Liverpool need table-toppers Manchester City not to win away at Brighton if they are to have any chance of claiming the Premier League and Champions League double.
If Manchester City draw or lose, Liverpool must also beat Wolves at Anfield to snatch the title away from City’s grasp. Check out our analysis and free tips for Brighton vs Manchester City and Liverpool vs Wolves.
Brighton vs Manchester City (Sunday 3.00)
January 29th was the last time that Manchester City tasted defeat in the Premier League, and it’s difficult to see a 13-match winning streak in the league is going to come to an end unless the pressure of winning the title suddenly gets to Guardiola’s men.
That’s always a possibility, and City haven’t been totally convincing in winning their last four games 1-0, 2-0, 1-0, and 1-0. However, their defence has been solid in beating Leicester, Manchester United, Tottenham, and Burnley to nil and it really should be able to hold strong against a Brighton side that has failed to score in seven of their last nine games.
Brighton have emerged from that slump slightly in their last two games, with 1-1 draws at home against Newcastle and away against Arsenal, so have at least hit form enough to give City something to worry about. They also gave it their best shot against City in this season’s FA Cup semi-final, where they only lost 1-0. But that was still their fourth consecutive defeat against Manchester City since they returned to the Premier League two seasons ago, three of which they’ve lost without scoring.
That and the fact that City’s defence has been as tight as the proverbial duck’s arse in recent matches suggests that the value bet is probably City to win to nil.
Liverpool vs Wolves (Sunday 3.00)
Liverpool’s Tuesday night mauling of Barcelona is the stuff of legends, and it was even more impressive considering that Liverpool’s two most influential forwards Mo Salah and Bobby Firmino were sitting in the stands.
There has to be a chance that the euphoria and celebrations will have drained Liverpool’s reserves of energy into the run up to this game. However, Anfield has been a fortress since a temporary blip in February, and Liverpool will be looking to record their eighth straight home win in all competitions. Liverpool have also kept clean sheets in their last four home matches.
But Wolves are also in form, having won their last three matches, and they’ll draw plenty of confidence from beating Liverpool in the FA Cup this season. The problem with taking that win at face value is Liverpool fielded a weakened team that day and the gulf in class between the two sides is probably best judged on Liverpool’s 2-0 win at Molineaux in December.
There’s no doubt that Liverpool look to have a harder task than Manchester City when it comes to securing three points on Sunday but the result is still fancied to be the same, with a Liverpool win to nil looking the value.
However, after a week of dramatic comebacks in Europe this week, don’t be surprised if there are plenty of twists and turns in the final 90-minutes of the season at both the Amex Stadium and Anfield on Sunday.