The English Premier League is in the final stretch and its conclusion could not be more exciting, with Manchester City and Liverpool fighting at the top of the table for the title.
Those led by Pep Guardiola played this Sunday against West Ham, a match from which they were able to salvage a draw after losing 2-0 at half time. With this draw, City remains with 90 points in first position in the league, with one more game to play to close the tournament.
Meanwhile, Jürgen Klopp’s pupils are in second place in the Premier League with 86 points; however, they still have two league games to play before the competition ends. The closure of the “Reds” is even tighter than that of the “Citizens”, since they have just played the final of the FA Cup on Saturday (which they won against Chelsea) and in less than two weeks they play the final of the Champions League against Real Madrid.
Given these conditions, what do both teams need to win the Premier League? We tell you.
What Liverpool and Manchester City need to win the Premier League
Despite drawing on Sunday, City are in control of their own destiny: they just need to win their last league game to become champions.
Guardiola’s men will play matchday 38 of the Premier League against Aston Villa on May 22 at 11:00 am (Miami time). It should be noted that on this last day all the teams play on the same day and at the same time.
With the victory, Manchester City would reach 94 points, a figure that would be unattainable for Klopp’s men. But if City draws or loses, everything gets complicated and an opportunity opens up for the “Reds”.
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However, to get to that stage, Liverpool must first win their next match.
As the red club played the FA Cup on Saturday, their game on matchday 37 of the Premier League was moved to Tuesday, May 17 at 2:45 p.m. (Miami time). Liverpool must win that game against Southampton in order to reach 89 points, which would leave them just one behind City.
If Liverpool draw against Southampton, they continue with mathematical odds but with everything against them, since they could only win the league on goal difference and, in that section, City is better so far by 7 goals.
However, if the “Reds” win, then everything will be defined on matchday 38 of May 22 and we return to the scenario that was painted a few paragraphs above: if City draws or loses against Aston Villa, Liverpool requires a win against Wolves to win the Premier League.
An extra ingredient: Interestingly, Steven Gerrard and Philippe Coutinho (former stars of the Reds and now at Villa as manager and player, respectively) could give Liverpool the Premier League, something they couldn’t do when they were there as players.