Final matchday decided it was going to keep fans thrilled with all the twists and drama when Vincent Kompany struck his 70th-minute thunderbolt against Leicester to return Manchester City back to the top of the Premier League. This is not the first time Kompany would perform such heroics, he had been saviour before in the 2011/2012 season. City headed into their clash with Manchester United, 3 points behind and with two more games to go.
Cometh the hour, cometh the man, Kompany powered a first-half stoppage time header past De Gea in goal for United to secure victory and propel City above United on goal difference. Manchester City would eventually go on to claim the title with Sergio Aguero’s stoppage-time heroics of his own against QPR. Seven years on, Kompany and Aguero are still in the business of heroics, one more against Brighton on final matchday would land City the title.
Manchester City has a clear cut task, match Liverpool’s final matchday result and be crowned champions. They would, however, want to save themselves any drama by going for a win and not worrying about what Liverpool are up to in their own game. Their single point advantage going into the final matchday ensures they are fully in control of their own destiny. They have had to do this the hard way, chasing down a seven points deficit to Liverpool.
A gutsy victory against Liverpool on matchday 21 prevented the gap from becoming ten and have gone on to lead by a point. Since a 2-1 defeat at Newcastle in January, they have put together an incredible thirteen game-winning run. A 14th victory on the bounce against Brighton on final matchday would secure the second of what is a domestic treble challenge.
Liverpool has 94 points, with one match to go and they are not sure that even if they win that and get to 97 points, they would be crowned champions. It is only in two seasons that their present points tally wouldn’t have crowned them champions, the 2004/2005 and 2017/2018 seasons. If they win their final matchday fixture against Wolves and still fail to win the league, their 97 points tally would have won every Premier League season bar the 2017/2018 season.
It is easy to feel sorry for Liverpool, but they would be kicking themselves for letting a seven points advantage at the top of the table slip. A win against City on matchday 21 could have extended it to ten and they would have been out of sight in the title race. They now must do it the hard way and hope fortune favours them in the final round of fixtures.
Who blinks on the final matchday
The final fixtures of the season are played simultaneously across the country. Both clubs would go into their contests with zest and the optimism that the other team would slip up to help them coast to title triumph. Manchester City looks like the ones with the easier job, just win and retain the title, Brighton whose own relegation fears have been eased may not just be the team to stop them from achieving such a simple objective. I wouldn’t be betting against a City win in the fixture.
Liverpool would have to battle on grimly and gamely against the odds on the final matchday. Fans at the match would be on the radio and social media following results from the City game. The players would have to steel themselves against any sign of resignation in their fans’ reaction to the news from the City game. However, what would be left in the tank after the midweek attempt at overturning a 3-0 first leg loss to Barcelona in the Champions League would determine how far they would go.
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