Premier league title race down to the final week

Reigning champions Manchester City are in a strong position to make history, aiming to become the first team to win four consecutive top-flight titles in England.
English Premier League official ball. (Photo: AP)
English Premier League official ball. (Photo: AP)

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – As the 2023-24 Premier League season enters its final stretch, the title race promises to be a thrilling contest until the very end.

Reigning champions Manchester City are in a strong position to make history, aiming to become the first team to win four consecutive top-flight titles in England.

Meanwhile, Arsenal remains in contention, and the Gunners are poised to capitalize on any City slip-up. Liverpool, once a title contender, has stumbled and fallen out of the race.

Manchester City: Chasing Historic Fourth Title

Current Position: 1st 

Current Points: 88 points (+60 goal difference) 

Games Remaining: West Ham (H) 

Predicted Points: 91 points 

Manchester City, under Pep Guardiola, is peaking at the right time. With Erling Haaland back in form and scoring four goals against Wolves, City has maintained their dominant form. Their recent victory over Tottenham solidified their position as favorites to clinch the title. If they win their final game against West Ham, they will secure their historic fourth consecutive title.

Arsenal: Waiting in the Wings

Current Position: 2nd 

Current Points: 86 points (+61 goal difference)  

Games Remaining: Everton (H) 

Predicted Points: 89 points 

Arsenal has shown resilience and quality, bouncing back from a shock home defeat to Aston Villa with five straight Premier League wins. Led by Mikel Arteta and key players like Bukayo Saka, Declan Rice, and Martin Odegaard, the Gunners have kept the pressure on City. They need a win against Everton and a Manchester City slip-up to claim the title.

Liverpool: Out of the Running

Current Position: 3rd 

Current Points: 79 points (+43 goal difference) 

Games Remaining: Wolves (H) 

Predicted Points: 82 points 

Liverpool's title hopes faded after a series of setbacks, including a shock home loss to Crystal Palace and further stumbles against Everton and West Ham. Despite the "Klopp factor" and a strong push, they came up short, ensuring Jurgen Klopp's final games in charge will not include a title challenge.

Predicted Champion: Manchester City

As the season finale approaches, Manchester City is poised to retain the Premier League title, thanks to their experience and tactical prowess. While Arsenal remains a threat, City's depth and form give them the advantage. Liverpool's late-season falter made this a two-horse race, but City appears set to emerge victorious.

European Qualification: The Race for Spots

With eight Premier League clubs vying for European competition spots, the stakes remain high. Arsenal, Manchester City, Liverpool, and Aston Villa have secured Champions League places through top-four finishes.

Europa League and Conference League Scenarios:

- Fifth Place: Guarantees a spot in the Europa League group stage.

- Sixth Place: Enters the Europa League if Manchester City wins the FA Cup; otherwise, it moves to the Europa Conference League.

Manchester United can qualify for the Europa League by winning the FA Cup or through their league position, though the Conference League is a more likely outcome given their goal difference.

Teams like Tottenham, Chelsea, and Newcastle are also in contention for European spots, with their final league positions determining their fates.

Conclusion: A Dramatic Finale Awaits

As the season draws to a close, every match carries immense significance. With Manchester City holding a slight edge over Arsenal, the title race remains thrillingly open. Football fans can expect a dramatic finish, with potential twists and turns until the final whistle on May 19.