Tue, May 15, 1:19pm by Staff Writer
The 2017/18 EPL season drew to a close with much of the key positions filled. Manchester City had already been crowned Champions, but they were looking to achieve the 100-point mark, while at the other end of the table Swansea joined the already relegated West Brom and Stoke City after a loss to Stoke.
Manchester City ended the season in very much the same way that had spent the rest of it, victorious. It took a goal from Gabriel Jesus late in to injury time for City to secure the three points that took their tally to the season to 100. Setting yet another new record in a season in which they dominated throughout. The joy at winning the EPL will have been a tempered a little as they once again struggled to take their domestic form into Europe.
They stand alone as clear favourites to win back to back titles next season priced at $1.62.
Despite only finishing 4th, Liverpool are being touted as early contenders for their first EPL title next season. They currently stand at $5.50 ahead of several of their rivals. Jurgen Klopp’s men prepared for upcoming Champions League Final with a last day demolition of Brighton at Anfield. The 4-0 win meant that the Merseysiders were undefeated at home all season.
Manchester United has secured 2nd place early in the week with a drab goalless draw against West Ham. The Red Devils spent the last day of the season looking to send retiring midfielder Michael Carrick out on a high. Marcus Rashford’s goal proved to be the difference in a much-changed side ahead of the FA Cup Final as they beat Watford. They are priced at $7 to win the 2018/19 EPL with Jose Mourinho aiming to take United back to the top of the English game.
With only a slim hope of making the top four and Champions League qualification, Chelsea made the trip to Newcastle. Other results denied them that spot, but the loss to Newcastle gave them no chance at all. Chelsea needed Liverpool to lose and them to win. It was not meant to be as Newcastle ran riot winning 3-0. Pressure is increasing on Antonio Conte, although they stand at $11 to win the title next season.
Spurs emerged victorious from a nine-goal thriller on the final day of the season as they faced off against Leicester City. Harry Kane scored the vital 5th goal that secured his side the win as they locked in 3rd in the table. Questions will again be asked of the Spurs management with another season down and no silverware to show for it. Despite improvements they have struggled to contend at the top and stand at $12.
Arsene Wenger was given a fitting send off as he brought to an end his illustrious reign at Arsenal. His side overcame Huddersfield in his last game in charge. The club’s future now remains a mystery as they go in search of a new manager to replace the man who had been at the helm for 22 years. They stand at $26 to win the EPL under new management next season.
EPL 2018/19 Outright Winner – Sportsbet
Man City $1.62
Man Utd $7
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