With just one more game remaining of Premier League’s 27th round, we bring you the round-up of the battle for next season’s Champions League spots as well for one of the most legendary relegation battles the Premiership has ever seen.
In a rather predictable round for the top teams, Manchester United suffered a shock defeat against relegation-battling Newcastle. United dominated the game for long spells but lacked that killer instinct needed to kill the game and bring home the 3 points. Anthony Martial will be kicking himself for the chances missed and instead, Newcastle capitalized on a dead ball dropping down right at the feet of Matt Richie who made no mistake when he firmly tucked the ball in to the corner behind Spanish world class keeper, David De Gea.
We saw yet another game in which Pogba failed to show his abundance of skill, as he was brought off just before Newcastle scored the winner. Many have criticized Pogba throughout the season for his failure to deliver the goods. Many claims however, that responsibility lies with Jose Mourinho, who simply don’t know how to best bring out the almost scary potential that Pogba possesses. Since arriving to United Pogba has often found himself in a holding midfielder role, a position that many claim is not ideal. Many experts believe that his potential will be used best if he was moved up the pitch, inside the space just behind the central striker.
United’s loss means that they’re now just 2 points clear off Liverpool in 3rd place. On Sunday, the Reds took a solid away win against Southampton – marking a perfect return to his former club for new signing Van Dijk. The Saints went behind after just 6 minutes, after a brilliant two-man move between Salah and goal scorer Firmino. Liverpool doubled their lead just before half time, making the final score a solid 2-0 victory.
The big game this round saw Tottenham entertaining Arsenal on their temporary home ground, Wembley Stadium. In a close-fought battle it was Harry Kane who made the difference…like so many times before. Kane climbed high above central defender Koscielny to head a swinging cross in to the corner, leaving goalkeeper Petr Cech with no chance. Tottenham kept their lead until the final whistle and they now find themselves comfortably in the race for those valuable Champions League spots. For Arsenal, this loss means that they’re now 7 points behind Tottenham in 4th place and it will take something truly special to make up for this gap in the last 11 games.
At the very top of the table, Manchester City are a massive 16 points clear off United in 2nd place and we will take the liberty to say that City will be crowned champions at the end of this season.
However, Premier League still has plenty of excitement to offer this spring if we look just a tiny bit further down the table. Only 10 points separate Burnley in 7th place and Southampton in 18th place. Stoke find themselves just 1 point behind Southampton and West Bromwich remain last with a 5 points difference. The “Baggies” have played 1 game less however and will travel to London to face Chelsea before we close off the 27th round of this year’s Premier League.
The top teams involved in the relegation battle, Leicester and Burnley, both lost this weekend, allowing Everton to close the gap after a comfortable 3-1 win over relegation competitor Crystal Palace. Everton has been in fine form of late, with 2 victories and 1 draw in their last 4 games. Palace on the other hand, have gathered only 2 points in their last 4 games and their Premier League existence will depend heavily on the form of players like Saha and Christian Benteke.
Burnley, who started the season so well, haven’t won since 12th December, but somehow still find themselves in an impressive 7th place. They recorded yet another loss on Saturday against Swansea, who haven’t lost a game since 2nd January.
Currently, it seems like anyone can beat anyone and this is what the Premier League is all about!
Another example, perfectly highlighting what a ride we’re in for this spring, is the game between Huddersfield and Bournemouth. After 5 straight defeats, Huddersfield claimed a crushing 4-1 victory over Bournemouth, who were on a 7 games unbeaten run, beating both Chelsea and Arsenal in the process.
The same teams that battle for spots in next year’s Europa League, are also heavily involved in the relegation battle
As you can see, we’re in for a legendary final battle. And with this much uncertainty, there’s plenty of betting value to be had. Don’t miss out!