As we enter the final day of this season’s Premier League, all eyes will be on the race for the Champions League qualification spots. Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal are the three teams competing for the two available spots. With so many different permutations possible, here are the possible scenarios and predictions in the race for the Champions League spots.
As things stand, Man City are in the box seat with 75 points, followed Liverpool with 73 and Arsenal with 72.
City’s victory last week all but ensured their spot in the Champions League next season. The only way that they could possibly drop out is if they lose to Watford, which could then open the door for Arsenal to sneak in. But considering the firepower in this City team, one must back Pep Guardiola’s side to gain a victory today.
Liverpool promised much at the beginning of the season, but a terrible January ended any hopes of a league title. Their wobbly form is the reason why Arsenal still have a chance heading into the final day. The Reds crucially picked up a win at West Ham last week, and a win today against Middlesbrough will ensure Champions League next season.
It is no surprise that Arsenal are the most in-form team heading towards the end of the season. It has been another disappointing year for Arsenal, as they have seen some terrible lows amidst all the fan unrest. But they could still end the season with a top four spot along with the FA Cup.
Watford 0-2 Manchester City
Pep is the not the sort of manager who will want to miss out on the Champions League next season. City have strung a few good results lately, which should hold them in good stead against Watford.
Expect City’s quality to shine through.
Liverpool 2-2 Middlesbrough
Liverpool are not in great form heading into the final day. While they did beat West Ham in their previous match, Liverpool have also lost a few matches over the last few weeks. They will not lose against this Boro side, but they will drop two valuable points.
Arsenal 2-1 Everton
Arsene Wenger has never failed to qualify for the Champions Legaue. And somehow, I don’t think that is going to change this year. Arsenal should beat Everton, in what will be a tight and nervy game for the hosts. A slip up from Liverpool will give Arsenal their CL spot and wave of positivity heading into the FA Cup final.
Both Liverpool and Arsenal have been inconsistent this season. It really is a toss between them, as to who should make it in the top four.
Let’s see how it pans out!