What you need to know about the final day of the 2017/2018 Premier League season
Curtains will be drawm to the most watched football league in the world; The English Premier league in some days’ time. Thanks to the master genius of Pep Guardiola and his Sharks team, Manchester City became Champions way before we got to this stage. Picking up a remarkable 94 points out of a possible 108, Manchester City can go on to hit the 3-figure mark come the end of the season when they play 16th place Southampton at the Saint Mary’s Stadium on May the 13th.
Asides the fact that Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion are already relegated from the permier league, below are few things you need to know entering the final day of the season.
1. The Race for top four is not yet over
Technically speaking, the two Manchester clubs; Manchester City and Manchester United have secured their places in next year’s Uefa Champions League by clocking 1st and 2nd respectively. Liverpool currently sits at 3rd place, but with a match to go, can still end up at 5th place when the final whistle is blown on Sunday. They had to hang on in similar fashion last season in the last game against AFC Bournemouth to seal a place in this season’s champions league; though they can win Realmadrid on the 26th of May in the UCL final to claim an easy spot. Tottenham and Chelsea are the remaining teams in contention for 4th position and it could really go down to the last whistle of the season to determine who makes it to the top four.
2. Southampton really needs to start keeping their best players
Liverpool fans might argue all they can, but their team has hugely been a result of the fantastic job being done at Southampton’s Academy. The saints have sold nothing less tham 6 players to Liverpool in the last 5 years; Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren, Sadio Mane, Nathaniel Clyne, Rickie Lambert, and most recently 75million pounds signing Virgil Van Dijk have all come in from Southampton in the last 4-5 years.
The result? Southampton are on a tight spot and could find themselves playing second tier football next season. Kudos to the management for getting business done right, but how long more do the Saints Faithful have before they start demanding silverware from the club.
3. A New Era for Arsenal
Arsene Wenger announced the end to a 22 year spell in charge of Arsenal last month, and lots of tributes have been paid to the longest serving manager in the premier league since he made the announcement. Rightly so, Wenger has been a huge part of what Arsenal has achieved in the past 2 decades; orchestrator of some scintillating football that led to the invincible Arsenal team of 03/04. But an end has finally come to an era. Arsenal needs to wake up to the light of adjusting to a new style of play and management. Few high profile names have been linked to the job already, and we have not long anymore to wait before the new gunners boss will be unveiled.
4. Eyes on next season already
Manchester City will be playing next year as defending champions, Manchester United will have some key additions / shake up to their side as Mourinho will look to claim his first premier league title with the red devils, Chelsea should begin next season with a new manager, and certainly new additions which mean different style of play, Arsenal will also make additions to a star studded side which already contains some of Europe’s finest attackers; add that to a new manager leading the club after 22 years. Klopp’s Liverpool will do a great deal of job to keep their star players in the club and fit, alongside key additions to make the side real premier league contenders, Tottenham will of course, be Tottenham. Do I hear someone say we are set for the most exciting premier league season ever? Time will tell.
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