It’s been a title race for the ages. A ding-dong battle that’s seen two of the greatest sides in Premier League history push each other all the way to the final fixture, and in doing so achieve almost unprecedented levels of performance in the process. Will Manchester City be the first side to retain the title in 10 years? Or will Liverpool secure their first league title success for 29 years?
Despite being without a win in eight fixtures, The Seagulls were able to secure their Premier League status for next season with a couple of draws against Arsenal and Newcastle. Chris Hughton’s men go into this fixture with nothing to play for except pride and the hope that they might improve upon their performance from when the two sides met earlier in the season – City comprehensively winning 2-0 with a whopping 81% possession.
Man City are unbeaten in the Premier League since January. An incredible run of 13 league victories in a row has seen City overhaul title-rivals Liverpool; who had a seven-point cushion over Pep’s men at the start of the run. While Champions League success has proven as elusive as ever for The Citizens, this side still has the chance to break new ground. Having already won the Carabao Cup, City remain in contention for a historic domestic treble. Historic because no side has ever won the League, FA Cup and League Cup in a single season.
In almost any other season, Jurgen Klopp’s side would be runaway champions and lauded as one of the greatest sides in Premier League history. But this isn’t any other season. So, despite suffering only one loss all season, and accumulating higher points tally than Manchester United ever have, Liverpool could find themselves missing out on the trophy that has eluded them for almost 30 years. They come into the fixture high on confidence, with Salah set to return and a spring in their step thanks to the logic-defying win over Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final.
Having secured 7th spot and European football, Wolves can justifiably consider themselves the ‘best of the rest’. They have a great record against the top 6, their style suited to absorbing pressure and striking on the counter, as both Arsenal and Manchester United have found in recent fixtures. Nuno Espirito Santo’s side has also beaten Liverpool once already this season. However, the victory came in the FA Cup, at Molineux, against a second-string Liverpool side that featured a 16-year-old debutant at centre back. Liverpool in the league at Anfield, where they are unbeaten for over two years, is a very different proposition.
Manchester City are overwhelming favourites for victory against Brighton at 1/6 and 1/10 to win the Premier League. Liverpool are favourites against Wolves, priced at 1/3 but clear outsiders for the title at 6/1.
With both title contenders in such great form and strong favourites in their respective fixtures, we can’t see any result other than both sides winning. To find value it’s best to step outside the title race and look at the other title on the line, for a few of the players involved in this fixture, Premier League top scorer.
Mo Salah currently occupies the top spot on 22 goals, with Sergio Aguero and Sadio Mane both on 20 goals apiece. Given Brighton’s defensive woes this season, it’s not inconceivable that Aguero could net a hat-trick, and Wolves keep Salah – who returns from a concussion – at bay. After all, Sergio Aguero has 10 Premier League hat-tricks to his name, putting second on the all-time list behind Alan Shearer. Back Sergio Aguero to finish Top Goalscorer at 4/1.
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