After a 30-year wait, Liverpool has won the premier league! Although Liverpool is the quickest title-winning team in history, for the ’19 / ’20 season, many fans forget they are not the only team. For the other teams, the season is far from over. These teams are dependent on the remaining seven games to either save their seasons or to lose what they have worked for all this time. There is no doubt that the remaining games will be how the Premier League notoriously is: competitive and unpredictable.
There are numerous teams still in the race for second, third, and fourth and even others fighting for out-of-regulation and mid-table spots. Man City and Leicester are both in shaky form in second and third, respectively. This blows the top of the table wide open for teams that were otherwise questioning whether their expectations were too high.
Teams like Wolves and Manchester United are heating up with ambitious managers and skilled players. Chelsea is hanging on too with a trademark win over Man City on Matchday 31. Sheffield United has forgotten their fairytale and are in losing form now.
Tottenham and Arsenal are both teams that are in the namesake Big 6 but have failed to live up to their expectations. With big-name players and all-stars on both teams, winning out may be the only way to retain these players. Their remaining games will be crucial and their fans will cheer feverously for their success.
World-class players have also been surrounded by rumors; rumors that will only inch closer to the truth with a team’s bad performance. Pierre Emerick Aubamayang, a golden-boot chasing striker for Arsenal, has yet to re-sign and is hesitant considering his team’s placement in 11th.
Paul Pogba is perpetually involved in rumors to either Italy or Spain. Manchester United’s success guarantees his stay otherwise he will be shadowed in doubt for even longer. Harry Kane has hinted about his future in interviews and his possible need to leave Tottenham. Many pundits have backed this, with Kane on the brink of 150 goals yet no trophies. His team sits in seventh.
Jose Mourinho, the manager of Kane and his teammates, has his job in jeopardy despite his veteran status. He has not been able to replicate Mauricio Pochettino’s peak from the previous year. With managers like Mourinho, he must be in an inch of expectations or he risks his job.
David Moyes sits similarly with an improved and invested West Ham sitting mid-table. Steve Bruce and Ralph Hassenhutl may be in the same seat in the future managing Newcastle and Southampton, respectively.
With all these wild scenarios breathing down the teams’ necks until the end of the season, spectators should expect nothing less than exciting. The league will deliver too because that’s what the English Premier League is and has proved to be since its inception.
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