The midweek English Premier League (EPL) games saw Tottenham edge closer to securing a place in next season’s UEFA Champions League tourney. On Tuesday night they beat Brighton and Hove Albion 1:0 and now have 70 points. Brighton however on the other hand are 4 points ahead of Cardiff City who are in the relegation zone but have to face Newcastle United, Arsenal and Manchester City in their final 3 games of the season. A slip can hand Cardiff the advantage though the Welsh team face Fulham, Crystal Palace and Manchester United in their final fixtures this season.
In Tuesday’s other game, Southampton’s Shane Long scored the fastest goal in EPL’s history after pouncing on error by a Watford defender just as soon as the game kicked off. He scored 7 seconds after the start of the game. The tie ended 1:1.
On Wednesday night Arsenal were devoured 3:1 by Wolves. Wolverhampton Wanderers scored 3 first half goals to dent the Gunners’ hope of playing in the Champions League next season. Arsenal got a consolatory goal through Sokratis in the 80th minute.
The game of the night, a game for personally reasons I wanted my favourite team on the face of the earth to lose turned out exactly how I wanted it. A whole lot of people were rooting for Manchester United to beat their noisy neighbors Manchester City for obvious reasons including my Pastor who is a Liverpool fan. A case of when your enemy is your friend. City returned to the summit of the EPL with a 2:0 win over Manchester United. United’s first half display made it seem like they were going to rain on City’s parade but Bernado Silva and Leroy Sane ensured the Citizens stay on course to win back to back league titles. With 3 games to go, who blinks first between Liverpool who have to play Huddersfield, Newcastle and giant killers Wolves and Manchester City who face Burnley, Leicester City and Brighton as the league draws to a close. There’s no home and away excuse in these ties for both teams, it’s just who wants it more that matters. Remember Liverpool still have to play Barcelona in the Champions League which means more games to be played #Fatigue.
Now people would want to have my head for preferring Manchester City to win the league and not Liverpool. Yes City are Manchester United’s direct rivals in terms of proximity but as a Manchester United fan growing up Man City were not in the picture and Liverpool were the ones we were in direct rivalry with in terms of ambitions and trophies won. City were fluctuating between the Championship and the EPL, they weren’t stable.
Come season end, I expect the EPL title to reside in the city of Manchester.
Paul Pogba strangely made the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) team of the year, I would have picked a Christian Eriksen ahead of him but for a player who weighed in with more goals than most of the midfielders considered for the PFA team maybe Pogba truly deserved to be in it.
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