Championship Sunday is upon us as there will be a new club crowned champion of the Barclays Premier League. The title will come down to two teams, Manchester City and Liverpool FC. City holds a slight two-point edge over Liverpool and controls their own destiny. Liverpool are hoping for a miracle as their only chance of winning the league title requires Manchester City losing to West Ham United.
As Liverpool finishes their season against Newcastle, anything less than a win and they will complete one of the biggest chokes in Premier League history. Weeks ago, it seemed evident that the Reds would win their first Premier League title since 1990. With the Player of the Year Luis Suarez on their side, odds favored Liverpool to end their drought. That all changed when captain Steven Gerrard made a season-changing error against Chelsea two weekends ago.
Liverpool’s last two results were unfavorable. They allowed City to crawl back up to the top of the table after a 2-0 home loss to Chelsea. Their Premier League title hopes were all but crushed after allowing three goals in 10 minutes against Crystal Palace, ultimately ending in a 3-3 draw on Monday. Liverpool fell two points behind the league leaders with one match to play.
Manchester City doesn’t face as much pressure as the Reds on Championship Sunday. The league leaders need only a point against West Ham and the Premier League title is theirs. Even if they draw and Liverpool ends up with the same amount of points, Man City would win the title based on goal differential. Long regarded as “the other team in Manchester,” it seems as if City are en route to their second Premier League win in three years.
Although the title comes down to only two teams, there is a lot still at stake for a few clubs around the Premier League. Manchester United, for example, has a chance to salvage a spot in the Europa League despite having one of their worst seasons in the club’s recent history. Tottenham aren’t going to give this up easy, they sit three points ahead of United and only need a result against 15th place Aston Villa to secure their Europa League ticket. Manchester United have a more difficult matchup as well, they face Southampton who will finish eighth on the Premier League table regardless of the result.
Finally, there is the topic of discussion that no team wants to be mentioned in the same sentence as: The relegation zone. Cardiff City and Fulham have already found themselves demoted to the League Championship next season, Norwich seems to be headed in that direction as well. With a goal differential of -32, Norwich needs to win big against fourth place Arsenal and need West Brom to lose even bigger against Stoke. Crazier things have happened in the football realm, but this scenario seems way more unlikely than Liverpool’s shot at winning the title.
All 10 games of Championship Sunday kick off at 10 a.m. ET and can be seen across the NBC networks.