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Man City-Liverpool title race, European places, relegation to be decided


Welcome to ESPN’s LIVE coverage of the final day of the 2021-22 Premier League season! Will Manchester City or Liverpool win the title? Who will reach the Champions League by finishing in the top four: Tottenham Hotspur or Arsenal? Where will Manchester United end up? And will Burnley or Leeds United be relegated?

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10:21 a.m. ET / 3:21 p.m. BST: TEAM NEWS great teams in action today, you say?

Tottenham XI: Lloris, Sanchez, Dier, Davies, Royal, Bentancur, Hojbjerg, Sessegnon, Kulusevski, Son, Kane

submarines: Gollini, Winks, Rodon, Bergwijn, Moura, White, Scarlett, Devine, Craig.

Arsenal XMe: Ramsdale, Soares, Holding, Gabriel, Tavares, Elneny, Xhaka, Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli, Nketiah

submarines: Leno, White, Lacazette, Smith Rowe, Pepe, Lokonga, Oulad M’hand, Swanson, Patino

Burnley XI: Pope, Taylor, Tarkowski, Collins, Long, Cork, Roberts, McNeil, Brownhill, Barnes, Cornet.

submarines: Hennessey, McGlynn, Weghorst, Stephens, Lennon, Bardsley, Thomas, Dodgson, Costelloe.

Leeds XI: Meslier, Koch, Llorente, Cooper, Firpo, Phillips, Raphinha, Rodrigo, Harrison, Gelhardt, Greenwood

submarines: Klaesson, Roberts, Struijk, Bate, Hjelde, Cresswell, Klich, Shackleton, Gray

10:15 a.m. ET / 3:15 p.m. BST: Liverpool have to win and they will always have big support. Mark Ogden is at Anfield for us.

10.11 ET / 15.11 BST: Before matches kick off, let’s take a closer look at the main things to look out for:

THE TITLE

MAN CITY

1st, 90 points, +72 goal difference

Man City-Liverpool title race, European places, relegation to be decided

LIVERPOOL

2nd, 89 points, +66 goal difference

It is the ninth time that a Premier League title race has gone down to the last round of fixtures, although no side at the top have ever given up their advantage – however narrow – after starting the summit day.

Reigning champions City host Aston Villa after starting the day top of the table with 90 points. Liverpool, a point behind, take on Wolves at Anfield knowing they still have a chance to leapfrog their rivals if the results go their way.

A win for City would be enough to see them crowned champions for the fourth time in five years, but the Reds continued their quadruple quest with a 2-1 win over Southampton in their penultimate game on Tuesday. This ensured that City could still win the trophy if they failed and that Liverpool were victorious on the final day. If City lose and Liverpool draw, then it comes down to goal difference, but City would need to lose by seven goals for Liverpool to finish top.

If Jurgen Klopp’s side won a second title in three seasons, it would be nice if they topped the Premier League table for just one week during the whole season, after a 3-3 draw against Brentford at the end of September.

Curiously, there is a scenario that would see an unprecedented knockout game between City and Liverpool needed to settle the title, but that would involve the former losing 6-0 to Villa at home while the latter drawing 5-5 against Wolves. . Unlikely, yes, but not impossible.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Man City-Liverpool title race, European places, relegation to be decided

TOTTENHAM

4th, 68 points, +24 goal difference

Man City-Liverpool title race, European places, relegation to be decided

ARSENAL

5th, 66 points, +9 goal difference

Under the title hunters, the race for fourth place will also be on the wire as local opponents Tottenham and Arsenal vie to join City, Liverpool and Chelsea in the Champions League next season.

Chelsea sealed qualification earlier in the week without kicking a ball, as Arsenal’s 2-0 loss to Newcastle United on Monday was enough to secure the Blues a place in the top four. Moreover, Thomas Tuchel’s side are three points and +18 goals ahead of Spurs, so third place is all but tied as they prepare to face relegated Watford in their final game.

Fourth-placed Spurs have a two-point lead over Arsenal but, thanks to a vastly superior goal difference (+15 better, in fact), they actually only need a point against bottom Norwich of the board, to book their return. in the best club competition in Europe.

Arsenal can still overtake their neighbours, but that requires beating Everton and hoping Spurs come off royally against the relegated Canaries at Carrow Road.

The Gunners could also lift Spurs to fourth place if the latter only draw Norwich, but that would mean Mikel Arteta’s side would need to beat Everton by 16 goals or more to do so. Again, extremely unlikely but not impossible.

EUROPA LEAGUE/CONFERENCE LEAGUE

Man City-Liverpool title race, European places, relegation to be decided

UNITED MEN

6th, 58 points, +1 goal difference

Man City-Liverpool title race, European places, relegation to be decided

WESTERN HAM

7th, 56 points, +11 goal difference

Whoever loses in the battle for the top four will finish fifth, taking one of two available Europa League places. The other will be taken by Manchester United or West Ham.

United – who are already guaranteed to record their lowest points tally in the Premier League era – will guarantee a sixth place finish and a Europa League place if they win at Crystal Palace. If they draw, West Ham will return to the competition in which they reached the semi-finals of this season if they can win at Brighton.

Whichever of these two teams finishes seventh, they will participate in the Europa Conference League next season.

RELEGATION

Man City-Liverpool title race, European places, relegation to be decided

BURNLEY

17th, 35 points, -18 goals difference

Man City-Liverpool title race, European places, relegation to be decided

UNITED LEEDS

18th, 35 points, -38 goals difference

They left it ridiculously late, but Everton retained their prized top-flight status for a 69th straight year with a remarkable 3-2 win over Crystal Palace on Thursday. Defeat would have sucked the Toffees into a three-way fight on the final day, but as such the relegation drop is a straight duel between Burnley and Leeds.

The Clarets surged and climbed out of the relegation zone with a 1-1 draw against Villa on Thursday that saw Leeds fall below the dotted line of fate on goal difference. Jesse Marsch’s side are now level with Burnley on 35 points but are worse off on 20 goals. They travel to face Brentford on the final day knowing that, realistically, a failure to improve the Clarets’ result against Newcastle will see them jettisoned to the Championship.

GOLDEN BOOT

Man City-Liverpool title race, European places, relegation to be decided

MOHAMED SALAH

22 goals

Man City-Liverpool title race, European places, relegation to be decided

SON HEUNG-MIN

21 goals

Man City-Liverpool title race, European places, relegation to be decided

CRISTIANO RONALDO

18 goals

Mohamed Salah is currently leading the way in the hunt for the 2021-22 Premier League Golden Boot after scoring 22 league goals for Liverpool this season.

A groin injury saw Egypt miss the chance to add to their tally after missing the Reds’ penultimate game against Southampton, but can bolster their stats by finding the net against Wolves in the last outing of the campaign. However, Klopp has already said he won’t bet on the striker’s fitness with the Champions League final against Real Madrid in six days.

Tottenham’s Son Heung-Min is Salah’s closest challenger, with the South Korean having amassed 21 league goals this season.

Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo also has an outside chance to win the Golden Boot after scoring 18 league goals in his return year at Old Trafford, but will have to score a hat-trick against Palace in his last game to be at the top of the leaderboard. Harry Kane is next on the list (16 goals) but Son’s attacking partner at Spurs would need an even greater feat of individual marksmanship against Norwich if he were to retain the trophy.

Salah has already won the Golden Boot twice (2017-18 and 2018-19) but has shared it twice. So he will no doubt be keen to claim the prize for himself this time around.

PLAYMAKER OF THE SEASON

Man City-Liverpool title race, European places, relegation to be decided

MOHAMED SALAH

13 assists

TRENT ALEXANDER ARNOLD

12 assists

ANDY ROBERTSON

10 assists

Man City-Liverpool title race, European places, relegation to be decided

MASON SUPPORT

10 assists

Man City-Liverpool title race, European places, relegation to be decided

JARRO BOWEN

10 assists

Salah could become the second player in as many seasons to win both the Premier League Golden Boot and the Playmaker of the Season Awards after Harry Kane (23 goals and 14 assists) completed the sweep in 2020-21.

This year, Liverpool, as always, dominate the assists charts with Salah leading the way (13 assists) followed closely by teammates Trent Alexander-Arnold (12) and Andy Robertson, who is third on the list alongside Jarrod. Bowen and Mason Mount with 10 assists. each one heading towards the last day.

GOLDEN GLOVE

Man City-Liverpool title race, European places, relegation to be decided

EDERSON

20 clean sheets

Man City-Liverpool title race, European places, relegation to be decided

ALISSON

20 clean sheets

City and Liverpool will also face off in the race for the Golden Glove award, with fellow Brazilians Ederson and Alisson equalizing from 20 clean sheets apiece before their final game.

With the fate of the Premier League title the most pressing concern for both, one more shutout for either goalkeeper would be enough to claim at least a share of the 2021-22 prize money.

Alisson has won the Golden Glove once (2018-19) while Ederson has two gongs in his collection (2019-20 and 2020-21).

10:00 a.m. ET / 3:00 p.m. BST: It all comes down to this… Around 10 months after the first kick, the campaign will end on what is sure to be an exciting and tense Sunday with all 20 teams kicking off their games at 11 a.m. ET / 4 p.m. TSB.

There is still a lot to play for as we enter the final 90 minutes of the campaign, including the title itself, as Manchester City and Liverpool still have the potential to end the day with their hands on the trophy.

The fate of the Championship is in the hands of City, who are a point clear of rivals Liverpool in second place heading into the 38th and final round of matches. Simply put, a win at the Etihad will be enough for Pep Guardiola’s side, but failure to do so would pave the way for Jurgen Klopp to claim the title and keep their hopes of an unprecedented quadruple alive.

Alongside the title, teams are battling for places in three European competitions – Champions League, Europa League and Conference League – as well as two clubs scrambling to avoid finishing in the last relegation spot.

There are also several individual orders of merit – such as the league’s top scorer – at stake as the 20 top-flight teams involved prepared to face off one last time this season.

Bring it on!



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