City dim Arsenal's Champions League Hopes
- Author: Julie Sanders May 18, 2017,
May 18, 2017, 20:08
Manchester City travel to Watford, Arsenal host Everton and Liverpool play Middlesbrough at home, with all three involved in potential play-off scenarios - pay attention now. While three wins from the three teams would leave the table as it is, there are many permutations that could potentially see a play-off for a place in the Champions League.
It is unlikely, and nothing of the kind has been done - though there have been some instances, such as the Premier League preparing for a possible 39th game of the 1995/96 when both Newcastle United and Manchester United were close after the Magpies completely bottled the title. Man City would firstly have to concede four or more goals in defeat away to Watford this weekend, with us winning our match.
"We are all in the same boat and the captain is Arsenal, we need to fight for this club and don't think about what is happening with the boss or the players".
Sunderland, losers in nine of their last 12 games and relegated last month, were hardly a step up in class.
Arsenal are due to take on Everton in the Emirates in the final game of the season while Liverpool will take on Middlesbrough at Anfield.
Manchester City and Liverpool are undoubtedly in the driving seat. Although they are overwhelming favourites to win that tie, Klopp has warned his players not to assume Champions League football is theirs. And while Arsenal passed what might be their easiest remaining match, so did the two clubs they are chasing.
After Aleksandar Kolarov's free-kick was pushed behind by visiting goalkeeper Ben Foster and Leroy Sane had dragged wide, City went ahead in the 27th minute with a fine team goal.
But which matches will be on television on the final day?
If City lose and Liverpool win, the north London club would need to win by a decent margin to jump above them.
"Now you can qualify for the Champions League too".
Going into Sunday's games, just three points separate the three clubs, who are now placed between third and fifth. A 4-0 win for the Hornets paired with a 1-0 win for us would see this scenario brought to life, but we aren't expecting City to fall apart like Tottenham did last season...
Sanchez moved onto 20 league goals for the season when he collected Mesut Ozil's first-time through-ball and deceived two defenders with a clever turn inside the area, before slotting home a low finish in the 60th minute.