Veer Badani is a Premier League and UEFA Champions League contributor for Philly Football Daily. Badani is also the words behind PFD’s Manchester United column, Red Devil’s Advocate.
Your Premier League Roundup for Matchweek 34, courtesy of PFD’s Premier League contributor Veer Badani.
Manchester City Crowned Premier League Winners
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City have won the Premier League title this season, after bitter, cross-city rivals Manchester United were defeated at Old Trafford against bottom-dwellers West Bromwich Albion.
City readily defeated Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 on Saturday at Wembley Stadium, Tottenham’s interim home, ensuring that the title would be won if United stumbled against the Baggies the following matchday.
Albion secured all three points to stun United 1-0, away from The Hawthorns. Former Southampton forward Jay Rodriguez effectively scored the title-winning goal for the Citizens.
Remarkably, Guardiola’s side have won the league title with five games still to play. Now the attention turns to the race for the Top-4 and Champions League football.
United currently sit one point ahead of rivals Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp’s side sits in third and four points ahead of Tottenham who occupy the fourth spot in the Premier League table.
Although it is essentially a given that it will be these three teams occupying this season’s Top-4, the order in which the sides finish still remains to be seen and will certainly be something to look out for in the remaining month of the league campaign.
From a Look at the Top, to a View of the Drop
West Bromwich Albion still look destined for the drop, remaining three points adrift of relegation neighbors Stoke City who lie in 19th place despite also shocking Jose Mourinho’s side.
Newcastle United stunned Arsenal on Sunday, winning 2-1 at historic St. James’ Park.
Another loss for long-time manager Arsene Wenger and the Gunners distanced their chances of securing a Top-4 finish for a consecutive campaign. Arsenal currently sit 6th in the table, six points from London rivals Chelsea.
Antonio Conte’s Blues remain in 5th after coming from behind, 2-0 down, to win 3-2 away at Southampton on Saturday, thanks to a goal from Belgian star Eden Hazard, cushioned between a brace from former Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud.
A Look Ahead
Undoubtedly, the Premier League’s top teams will be starting to look ahead at next season, with a busy summer transfer window looming around the latest FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Liverpool’s big summer signing, perhaps the signing of the century in Mohamed Salah, currently leads the way for the Golden Boot race, having already scored 30 in the Premier League alone, a feat only ever done before by a younger Cristiano Ronaldo for Manchester United.
United’s shot-stopper David de Gea leads the way for the Golden Glove, with 16 clean sheets recorded this season for The Red Devils. Manchester City’s Ederson is a close second, with 14 clean sheets to his name.
As yet another season of the Premier League comes to a close, with less than a month of matches remaining and the title race officially over, there is still plenty to play for for several teams in the Premier League, most notably the teams vying to stay up.
Congratulations once again to the 2017/2018 season winners, Manchester City.
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