Liverpool only one game from first League title in 30 years
Football is truly back, and Premier League action will be gracing our screens everyday for the next week. It could be a momentous one for Liverpool as they seek to secure their first Premier League title and first league win in 30 years. They will go to last year’s victors, Manchester City, knowing that a draw would be enough to get rid of their hoodoo and finally make this year their year.
That depends on how Manchester City do on Thursday, 26 June, as they travel to London to keep the title race, in theory, open. Chelsea can help another team win the league, after their draw with Tottenham Hotspur in 2016 secured the title for Leicester City.
Liverpool will come into the game after an impressive victory over Crystal Palace. The 4-0 win at Anfield dismissed any concerns over the team’s ability to close out the season after their drab 0-0 display at Merseyside rivals Everton. Manchester City will hope to frustrate Liverpool and keep them from beating their points total record of 100 set in 2018. It is the only thing they have to play for, with their ban from European competition meaning a second-place finish delivers them nothing.
Leicester City, however, hope they can nail down a Champions League spot. They face Everton on Wednesday, 1 July. Everton could still secure themselves a European spot, though they sit 10th in the table now. A 1-0 victory over relegation threatened Norwich kept the dream alive for Carlo Ancelotti’s men. Leicester have failed to impress in recent games, with draws against Watford and Brighton and Hove Albion. They still sit 3rd and are 4 points clear of Chelsea, though Champions League qualification only requires a 5th placed finished following Manchester City’s disqualification.
Chelsea travel to London rivals West Ham on the same day as the Everton-Leicester game. West Ham have failed to score a goal since the restart, being beaten 2-0 by both Tottenham and Wolves. They are looking over their shoulders as they remain out of the relegation places in 17th only on goal difference.
Bournemouth, sitting in 18th, will hope a result against Newcastle on 1 July can lift them above their rivals. They have likewise failed to score, going down 2-0 to Crystal Palace and 1-0 to Wolves since the restart. Arsenal, another team in a poor run of form, will hope their campaign can be salvaged when they play Norwich, who are rooted to the foot of the table and look destined for the Championship. They are 6 points from safety, with 7 games left to go.
They will hope that Wolves can beat Aston Villa in Birmingham to keep alive their chances of Premier League football next year. Wolves are making a late challenge for Champions League football, with recent victories over West Ham and Bournemouth. They sit level on points with Manchester United, though are 6th because of their inferior goal difference. They will be looking to Brighton, where the Red Devils travel to on Tuesday, 30 June, for hope that they can overtake Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s team.
The other fixtures being played in the 32nd round of the Premier League are Sheffield United versus Tottenham Hotspur, both chasing Europe though recent results have hampered both teams’ bids, Watford versus Southampton and Crystal Palace versus Burnley, both shaping up to be end-of-season midtable dead rubbers.
Some offers for the upcoming Premier League games;
Saturday, 27 June
Aston Villa versus Wolverhampton Wanderers, 12:30, BT Sport
Sunday, 28 June
Watford versus Southampton, 16:30, Sky Sports/Pick TV (Free to air)
Monday 29th June
Crystal Palace versus Burnley, 20:00, Amazon Prime/Twitch (Free to air)
Tuesday, 30th June
Brighton and Hove Albion versus Manchester United, 20:15, Sky Sports/Pick TV (Free to air)
Wednesday, 1st July
Bournemouth versus Newcastle, 18:00, Sky Sports/Pick TV (Free to air)
Arsenal versus Norwich, 18:00, BT Sport
Everton versus Leicester, 18:00, Sky Sports
West Ham versus Chelsea, 20:15, Sky Sports
Thursday, 2nd July
Sheffield United versus Tottenham Hotspur, 18:00, Sky Sports
Manchester City versus Liverpool, 20:15, Sky Sports