Tue, May 6, 3:24pm by Dominic Ciconte
Now it’s effectively all over for the Reds.
Liverpool threw away its title chances in the early hours of Tuesday morning after shockingly-conceding three goals in the last 12 minutes of play to lowly Crystal Palace.
What began as a 3-0 mauling to make up ground on goal difference with Manchester City ended in utter despair.
Joe Allen, Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez scored for the Reds in a blistering first half that gave Liverpool fans hope. That hope was extinguished in the second half as an an 80th minute lucky deflection from Palace striker Damien Delaney was followed by two goals in the space of eight minutes from Dwight Gayle, sealing a point for the home side.
The word ‘choke’ was hot on the lips of every EPL follower around the globe. Liverpool had squandered the perfect opportunity.
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was in tears following the match and had to be helped off the ground by captain Steven Gerard. Many of the Liverpool players were left speechless and dejected – a chance to write themselves into Liverpool and EPL history seems to be gone.
Liverpool still sit on top of the table after 37 games on 81 points, but Manchester City have a game in hand and sit just one point back in second place on 80.
Manchester City will play its ‘make-up game’ against Aston Villa on Thursday, May 8. Villa sits at 14th on the table and while anything is possible, no expert would be brave enough to suggest City will do anything but win.
Should City draw with Villa, it will remain on top of the table with a 9-goal advantage in goal difference leading into the final round.
The final day of play in the EPL 2013/14 season will see every team play each other at the same time, 12am, Monday, May 12. Liverpool hosts Newcastle, while Manchester City will look to wrap up its second title in three years when hosts the 12th-placed West Ham.
Manchester City is now the $1.08 favourite to win the title. With two relatively-easy games to finish the season, the title is a mortal lock for the Sky Blues.
If you still think Liverpool has a chance, you can jump on at $9 with sportsbet.com.au (better than $8 with Sportingbet).
If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, Chelsea still has a mathematical shot at the title – the Blues are paying $300 at Sportsbet.com.au
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