Gerrard is back for Liverpool and Ronaldo against the Conference League
Manchester City fans have little doubt that De Bruyne and company will take on Aston Villa at home. That’s likely to be the case. But for Steven Gerrard, Week 38 is a personal attempt to get even with the past, when he stumbled and failed to win the league title with Liverpool as a player. Now the Aston Villa coach must take points away from Manchester City, while Liverpool need to beat Wolverhampton for the title in that case. And the Wolves are fed up – they have no claim to a place higher than eighth. Agüero won’t lie – the AFL has seen some incredible championship showdowns. It will be a struggle if Manchester City don’t blow Aston Villa away in the first half.
One man can rewrite the history of the season
A miss by any Manchester City player against Aston Villa, such as the best player of the season, a goalkeeper save or a proper substitution from coach Gerrard can turn the whole season around in the last round. Don’t forget that Klopp survived goalkeeper Alisson’s goal last season on his way to the Champions League final in Paris. And Real Madrid showed how one man – most often Benzema – can change the right course of soccer history. “Manchester City should not believe in an easy passage to the APL title. And while Guardiola is a clear candidate for England’s championship mainstays at the distance, it is survival matches for Liverpool and Manchester City today. Josep looks better in the championships than in the playoffs of the difficult cups, the “citizens” is slightly easier than the competition. It’s even a shame that a “golden match” is all but ruled out. We need the Reds and Wolves to play 5-5, and Gerrard trashed the Citizens 0-6. On the other hand, a regular draw in Liverpool and a smaller victory for Aston Villa might have been enough for a different goal difference.
Salah and Song to win the Golden Boot
The European Golden Boot will go to Robert Lewandowski – the future Barcelona striker has scored 35 goals, out of competition. But there will be an in-form battle between Mohamed Salah and Son Heung-Min in the APL. The South Korean forward scores every third goal of the season for his team, and together with the Egyptian from Liverpool, they also remain cool assists. Both former wingers are the heroes of the season. Also note the efforts of one veteran. Cristiano Ronaldo scored 18 goals. If suddenly Son scored once, Salah scored none (Mohamed was injured, perhaps he will be saved for the final of the Champions League), and the Portuguese scored a poker game against Crystal Palace (in his career it happened more than once), then the APL Golden Boot will be shared by three players at once. But either Mohamed or Son is more likely to win.
MU vs West Ham in the fight for the LE
Already we’ve grown weary of Manchester United fighting for the title in the last round. Now we’ve lived to see an absentee war for a place in the Europa League. The team with Ronaldo will drop down to the Conference League if West Ham beat Brighton away, and if MJ loses points against Crystal Palace. In the APL, the tie is decided on goal difference, and Moyes’ side are much better than Rangnick’s by as many as ten goals. You can’t make up that kind of difference in one round, so if Moyes loses or loses points tonight and West Ham win, Ronaldo will go to his third European Cup. Given what Mbappe did to Real Madrid, we can’t rule out an attempt by Cristiano to ask for a return to Madrid, because he wants to go to his favorite tournament – the Champions League.
Salah will also fight for the title of assists king
Mohamed is the leader in terms of assists, and ahead of his Liverpool teammates Alexander-Arnold and Robertson. De Bruyne is behind, the Belgian has 15 goals but only 7 assists in 29 rounds. Salah, having played more matches, surpassed his colleague in two nominations. The Egyptian created 13 goals for his teammates. Liverpool’s laterals Trent and Andrew have 12 and 10 assists, respectively. Making three goal assists in an evening is difficult. So it is unlikely that West Ham’s Bowen and Chelsea’s Mount, with ten assists each, will claim victory in this race. But a fight for first place between two players from Klopp’s right flank is not ruled out. Also note how the partners Barnes of Leicester and Kane noticed – Harry has eight goal assists, one more than the clever Son.
Another club to be named for the Championships
“Watford” and “Norwich,” who have long since forgotten how to win – 11 successful matches for two teams in a season, go to the lower league ahead of schedule. That leaves one lifeline and two teams who have not guaranteed themselves a place in the richest league in the world in a year. Leeds and Burnley will fight in absentia. The latter will meet at home Newcastle, who do not need anything in particular, which does not prevent Howe from beating teams such as Arsenal. Leeds, on the other hand, will play away against Brentford. A team with Eriksen is successful enough to just not give up on Marsh. “Damn United has a much worse goal difference than Burnley, a legacy of Bielsa’s style. “Leeds is no match for repeating their opponent’s result. The chances of saving the team, which was tenth a year ago, are low. On the other hand, Burnley can finish in 17th place for the second season in a row, although last time they did not worry about the departure in the last round, they had a reserve on points.
Tottenham chase Arsenal away from the Champions League
Arteta’s young team will likely not be in the late Arsene Wenger’s favorite spot again, nor will they be fourth. It seemed that Ramsdale, Saka, Tomiyasu and Smith-Rowe would arrive in the Champions League, but the defeat in the North London derby and then the defeat to Newcastle made Conte the favorite. Antonio’s result against Norwich, the last team in the APL to lose its chances of salvation, will determine where Tottenham itself finishes. Obviously, this team from the capital is the favorite, but the Canaries can only have faith in the Canaries. And hope that Everton were afraid of threats to deprive it of points because of financial matters. Lampard saved the team from relegation on points, but now they can play against Arsenal with more motivation than Arteta expects.