Manchester United’s draw with Leeds this afternoon means that results next weekend could see Manchester City officially crowned as Premier League champions.
Back to the Etihad
The title race in the English top-flight, for some time, has been viewed as essentially over.
This of course comes with Pep Guardiola’s Man City having taken full advantage of major inconsistency on the part of the chasing pack, to open up an unassailable lead at the division’s summit.
As things stand, the Sky Blues sit 10 points clear of 2nd-placed Manchester United, whilst boasting a vastly superior goal difference.
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 27: Ruben Dias of Manchester City celebrates with teammate John Stones after scoring his team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Manchester City and West Ham United at Etihad Stadium on February 27, 2021 in Manchester, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Matt McNulty/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)
Whilst Guardiola and co. wrestling back Premier League supremacy has therefore long been viewed as a case of when rather than if, precisely when City could be crowned has remained up in the air.
The failure of neighbours United to best Leeds earlier this afternoon has since provided a clearer picture of the subject, though.
Liverpool to make it official?
The Citizens, as outlined above, now sit 10 points clear of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and co.
This comes with just five Premier League fixtures remaining for both sides.
In turn, should the table-toppers come away with all three points at Crystal Palace next Saturday, and United fall to defeat 24 hours later, the title will officially return to the Etihad.
Coincidentally, the side who could go on to confirm City’s crowning at Old Trafford actually come in the form of those whom they will be replacing as champions – Liverpool.
Man City could be champions next Sunday if win at Palace and Utd lose to Liverpool.
— Simon Stone (@sistoney67) April 25, 2021