Manchester City or Liverpool – Who Will Celebrate Title Success on Sunday?
There is no doubt that the 2018/19 season in the English Premier League will go down as one of the most exciting and incredible in its history. Seldom have we seen two teams dominate the league in the way Manchester City and Liverpool have over the past nine months and it is something of a shame that one of them will end the season with only the consolation of being the best runner’s up, and arguably the second-best Premier League team in history.
At the moment, that looks most likely to be Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp’s team lie one point behind Manchester City with one game of the season remaining, a position that they have been in for many weeks now and although the Reds have not slipped up, City too have been winning game after game to maintain that slender lead.
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Manchester City for their part have produced some excellent performances in recent weeks, notably picking up narrow wins over Tottenham, Manchester United, Burnley and Leicester City to maintain that narrow lead over the Reds heading into their final game of the season, where they will travel to the south coast to take on a Brighton team that they defeated a few weeks ago in the FA Cup semifinal at Wembley.
Liverpool in contrast have a home game but against much trickier opponents in Wolves. The midland-based side have already beaten Liverpool in the FA Cup this season, although they did lose the Premier League game between the teams, and their record at Anfield is recent times is not too bad at all, indeed out of the last three games between the teams at Anfield, Wolves have won two of those encounters.
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Let’s now take a look at how we see the two crucial title-deciding games unfolding, before we then take a look at the best bets for each of the eight other games taking place on Sunday at 3pm.
Premier League Fixtures – Matchday 38
All games kick off at 3pm on Sunday 12th May.
Brighton v Manchester City
Could City slip up against Brighton? There’s no doubt the Seagulls gave City a tough time in their semifinal a few weeks back, but even so they still lost the game. City have come through too many tough games of late to slip up here in my view. Brighton have drawn a fair few games at home of late but it is hard to see this City team letting it slip here. Back City to win at 1/8 with bet365.
Liverpool v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Although many Reds fans will have their ears glued to events at the AMEX Stadium, they may well want to pay attention at Anfield as Wolves have been very difficult opponents for the top six to beat this season. With Firmino out, and Salah a doubt but likely to play, the Reds won’t be at full strength. Anfield will be rocking once again but even if they do win, as I feel they may just do, I can’t see it being enough. Take Liverpool to win at 1/3 but expect a tough game.
Burnley v Arsenal
I look at this Arsenal team at the moment and I don’t really like what I see. Defensively, they are very weak. Their attack is superb, but wasteful at times. Their midfield works hard, but isn’t the most effective defensively or in attack and one of their very best players, Aaron Ramsey is leaving the club on a free. Burnley are now safe and I think they are going to finish their season well with a big three points here. Back Burnley to win at 21/10.
Crystal Palace v Bournemouth
Neither of these sides have been a model of consistency this season and in truth, this game could be any result and any scoreline. Palace’s home form must be a worry for Roy Hodgson as they tend to perform much better on the road. Bournemouth are the opposite at times, but can be superb on the road too. Without too much to play for I can’t see either side going hell for leather here so I am backing the draw at 3/1.
Fulham v Newcastle United
Fulham’s recent run of three wins came to an end last weekend and Newcatle were also beaten at home by Liverpool but both sides recent form is decent and I am expecting a good game here. Benitez will not want to finish the season with two defeats and Scott Parker is effectively auditioning for this job next year. This will be close and one goal may decide it but I am backing Newcastle to snatch the win here at 31/20.
Leicester City v Chelsea
After putting up a dogged display against Manchester City at the Etihad, Leicester’s good run of form come to an end, but I feel they are going to finish the season well against a Chelsea side that have blown hot and cold of late and who, with Champions League football assured, may well have their focus more on the Europa League final, if they can beat Frankfurt on Thursday night. Back Leicester to land the win here at 21/10.
Manchester United v Cardiff City
For Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, next season begins here against an already relegated Cardiff City and the Manchester United boss will be demanding a better performance from his team than he got in the 1-1 draw at Huddersfield last weekend. Cardiff are already down but they have done themselves proud this season but I think getting a result on the final day at Old Trafford is a bit too much to expect. Back United to win at 1/5 here.
Southampton v Huddersfield Town
Southampton will want to finish the season with over 40 points and at home to already relegated Huddersfield, they should be able to achieve that. The Terriers will be delighted by earning a draw with Manchester United last weekend but their task is to rebuild next season in the Championship. The Saints will win this one for me at 4/11.
Tottenham v Everton
Tottenham seem to have stumbled through the end of the season period and they are not in the greatest of form heading into this game against an Everton side whose recent form, especially at home, is very good. Spurs are looking tired and with Harry Kane and Son missing, they will struggle in attack. This may be Everton’s best chance to grab a win here for some time and I am backing the Toffees to add to Spurs woes here by landing the win at 13/5.
Watford v West Ham United
Two mid-table sides but Watford do have an FA Cup Final place on the line for their players. Javi Gracia’s men haven’t been at their best in the last couple of weeks while West Ham have improved a little. Manuel Pellegrini will be much happier with their second half of the season and while I don’t think they will round it off with a win here, I do feel that they have a chance of taking a point. I’m tipping the draw here at 5/2.