We are witnessing one of the most exciting title races that the Premier League has ever seen. Let’s take a look at five fixtures that could decide who is lifting the trophy on May 15.
Following this weekend’s results in the Premier League, the title race is as wide open as it’s ever been throughout this season. Arsenal’s win over Leicester and Tottenham’s win at the Etihad over City sees Leicester sitting top of the league, two points clear of Tottenham and Arsenal with City a further four points back in 4th place.
With twelve games left to play, there will be many twists and turns between now and the final day of the season on May 15. We are going to take a look at some the fixtures that will decide what colour ribbons will be on the Premier League trophy on the final day of the season, if we know by then.
Manchester United v Arsenal – February 28
Danny Welbeck’s last minute winner against Leicester means that Arsenal visit Welbeck’s former side two points off the top of the table. This game is the next Premier League fixture for both sides after a break for the FA Cup fifth round. The fixture will take place on Sunday February 28, meaning Leicester will have a chance to open up a five point gap before Arsenal play, while City won’t be in league action as they play Liverpool in the League Cup final.
Arsenal’s North-London rivals Tottenham will kick-off at the same time as Arsenal and face Swansea at home, Leicester’s fixture sees them playing Norwich at home. You would expect both Tottenham and Leicester to walk away from their games with three points meaning this is a must win game for Arsene Wenger’s men.
Manchester United go into this game needing the three points just as much as Arsenal, they currently sit six points behind neighbours City and know they must win the majority of their final twelve games if they are going to challenge for a Champions League place and allow Louis Van Gaal to see out his three year deal at Old Trafford.
Tottenham v Arsenal – March 5
For years Arsenal have held the upper hold over their North-London rivals Tottenham but this fixture could give Tottenham a real opportunity to turn the tables on Arsene Wenger’s side. Depending on results in previous games for both sides, this game could see them facing each other level on points, whilst it could also see one side ahead of the other on points.
If we were going to predict the results, we would have to say that Tottenham are more likely to go into this game ahead of Arsenal. Meaning a win for Arsenal could be imperative if they are going to be crowned as the league champions come May 15. Other fixtures involving the top four teams see Manchester City play host to Aston Villa and Leicester visit Watford.
You would expect City to beat bottom of the table Aston Villa with ease, whereas Leicester against Watford is slightly more difficult to predict. Watford have performed excellently on their return to the top flight and have performed well at Vicarage Road. If were to predict the result of this game now, we would have to say that it would a draw meaning both Tottenham and Arsenal will be looking to close the gap on Leicester at the top.
Sunderland v Leicester – April 9
The full-time whistle in this fixture will signal five games left to play in the Premier League season. Should Leicester still be sitting on top of the table ahead of this fixture then they could start feeling the pressure of the situation. They wouldn’t be the first team to self-destruct in a title race towards the end of the season.
What is the greatest pressure for a Premier League footballer, fighting relegation or aiming to win the title? The end of this season could give us the answer. Leicester survived relegation last season after looking dead and buried and brought their form from the end of last season into this one and people keep asking surely it has end soon but there are no signs of that at the moment.
For their part, Sunderland are once again fighting against relegation and have shown in recent seasons that they can find the performances required to stay in the Premier League and manager Sam Allardyce will be looking to keep up his record of never suffering relegation from the top flight.
Manchester City v Arsenal – May 7
The penultimate fixtures of the Premier League season sees Arsenal travelling to Manchester to face City. Supporters of both sides will hoping their teams are still in the title race heading into this fixture. By the time we reach this game, I think there is one thing we can say for sure. That being we will have seen many more twists and turns in the race to lift the Premier League trophy.
Arsenal beat City 2-1 at the Emirates early in the season and will be hoping for a similar outcome from this game and complete the double over City. Manchester City started the season with four consecutive wins and many predicted that they would walk away but the Premier League title. That hasn’t been the case and results in their fixtures between now and May 7 will determine whether City go into this game with a chance of winning the Premier League.
Arsenal are looking to lift their first league title since the 2003/04 season and with the league being so wide open this season, it is seen by many as the Londoners best opportunity to win the Championship. Whether that is the case or the not, the result in this fixture will go a long way to deciding who will be the defending Champions next season.
Matchday 38 – May 15
The way this Premier League season has gone, you would expect that all four teams currently in the top four positions will reach the final day of the season with a chance of lifting the Premier League trophy.
The final fixtures see Leicester travelling to Stamford to face defending champions Chelsea. It would be fitting if Leicester were to be crowned champions not only on the ground of the outgoing champions but also against manager Claudio Ranieri former side.
Elsewhere Arsenal have a home game against Aston Villa, Manchester City travel to South-Wales to face Swansea who could need the three points if they are to stay in the Premier League for the 2016/17 season. While Tottenham face Newcastle at St James Park, Newcastle like Swansea could be facing relegation going into this game.
Whatever happens between now and the final game of the season, all four teams will have their ups and downs and we wouldn’t doubt that we could have the most thrilling final day the Premier League has ever seen.
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