“Top four” finish; The fate of the desperate

“Top four” finish; The fate of the desperate

Willy Bantu

Manchester City maintained their hopes of finishing in the top four of the Premier League this season and securing automatic qualification for the Champions League next season after defeating West Bromwich Albion 3-1 at the Etihad StadiumTuesday night.

City scored two first half goals in quick succession. Gabriel Jesus opened with his 27th minute strike before Kevin de Bruyne added the second two minutes later with a stunning strike.

Yaya Toure scored his first home goal of the season just before the hour mark before Hal Robson-Kanu scored a consolation goal for West Brom with three minutes of regular time left to play.

Champions Chelsea and Tottenham already secured the first and second spots, with Liverpool, Manchester City and Arsenal all fighting for the remaining two spots. United who currently occupy sixth position on the log are mathematically out of the equation, because winning their outstanding two matches wouldn’t see them topple any of the teams above them.

The drama surrounding who would feature in Europe’s elite competition next season and who wouldn’t will reach its apogee on the last match day of the season, May 21st, as all teams would play simultaneously to prevent the outcome of any game being hinged on the result of another.

City would be away at Watford on Super Sunday and they need, at the least, a draw of any scoreline to cement their top four place.

Liverpool are in a tricky position, needing a win as they play hosts to already relegated Middlesborough. Boro have nothing left to fight for bar their ego and they might make life difficult for the reds. A draw would suffice for Liverpool on the night only if the Gunners lose or draw also.

Arsenal’s fate aren’t entirely in their hands as they would be praying for City or Liverpool to lose while they defeat Everton. Anything less would see them finish outside the top four for the first time in over two decades.

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