Will Manchester City reign supreme?
The superstar Manchester City side will be licking their lips to lift
the EPL championship title after several years of struggle and they need
just a win to seal the title since they are leading on goal difference
.But if Manchester City improbably lose their game against minnows
Queens Parka and Manchester United win, ManU will steal the title from
man City’s hands.Sunday sees the climax of what has undoubtedly been a
vintage season in the Barclays Premier League.
The English Premier League title is still up for grabs, there is
still plenty of uncertainty about who will qualify for Europe and the
final relegation spot awaits one unfortunate club.
Key Matches for the EPL title
1.Manchester City v Queens Park Rangers
2.Sunderland v Manchester United
For the sixth time in Premier League history, the title race has gone
to the final day.
The Barclays Premier League title has never previously been decided
on goal difference
If that was not dramatic enough in itself, there is local rivalry in
the mix for the first time as Manchester City aim to beat neighbours
United to the prize.
City are looking for their first Premier League title - they will
become the fifth team to win the competition - at the expense of their
neighbours, who are looking for their 13th crown.
The final day shake-up is fairly simple. Both clubs have 86 points,
but City lead as they are eight goals better off in terms of goal
So, if Roberto Mancini's men match or better United's result they
will be champions - unless United make up that goal difference with a
highly-unlikely demolition of the Black Cats.
If United better City's result they will be champions.
Everton v Newcastle
Tottenham v Fulham
West Brom v Arsenal
UEFA Champions League final - Bayern Munich v Chelsea (May 19)
Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United will occupy third,
fourth and fifth in the Barclays Premier League - but the order in which
they finish is crucial.
Since 2004, there has only been one UEFA Champions League final not
featuring at least one Barclays Premier League club
Third place will guarantee a place in next season's UEFA Champions
League Group Stage.
Fourth place usually guarantees a place in the competition at the
Play-Off stage (with the winners of the two-legged Play-Off entering the
However, the fourth place team this season will have a nervous wait
to see who wins this season's UEFA Champions League final between
Chelsea and Bayern Munich in Munich on May 19th.
If Chelsea win, they enter the competition at the Group Stage as
defending champions, and the fourth and fifth-placed teams in the table
go into the UEFA Europa League.
If Chelsea lose, the fourth-placed team enters the Play-Off as usual,
with the fifth-placed team and Chelsea (who will finish sixth regardless
of this weekend's results) entering the Europa League.
Arsenal (currently third on 67 points) are in pole position, ahead of
Tottenham (fourth, 66) and Newcastle (fifth, 65). Should goal difference
come into play, Newcastle (+7) are at a disadvantage compared to
Tottenham (+23) and Arsenal (+24).
There have been 1,034 goals to date during the 2011/12 season - 30
more on the final day of this Barclays Premier League campaign will set
a new record for a 38-match season.
The current record of 1,063 was set during 2010/11.
Goal fans can also keep an eye on Arsenal's Robin van Persie who
needs one goal to match the record of 31 in a 38-game season, jointly
held by Alan Shearer and Cristiano Ronaldo. Van Persie leads Wayne
Rooney (26 goals) in the race for the Golden Boot.
Given the dramatic twists and turns of this campaign to date, there
is every chance of seeing a new benchmark by Sunday evening. AFP