BPL This Weekend: Draw gives City the title, Final game for relegated sides, more

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BY MATTHEW LEVINE
Staff Writer

One point.

That’s all Manchester City need to hoist the Premier League trophy.

They will host a West Ham side, whose manager Sam Allardyce has come under some heat in recent weeks. With the Hammers visiting the Etihad, there is one tactic to expect. West Ham will park the bus and make it difficult for the home side.

Edin Dzeko has been the main catalyst for City, keeping their Premier League dreams alive. Dzeko continues to score goals, tallying two braces in as many games. With other attacking talents such as David Silva and Sergio Aguero to name but a few, City should be able to break through the visitors.

Don’t forget, Yaya Toure will play another vital role if City are to lift the title. His combination of pace and power has again played a key role in Manuel Pellegrini‘s system, bringing City 90 minutes away from lifting a league trophy in his first season.

Can West Ham play the ultimate spoiler and sour City’s solid season? This season has seen the big teams drop points in similar circumstances. However, City’s balanced team should be too much for the Hammers to take.

The sorrow in Liverpool may have already begun.

What To Look For

1. Goodbyes To The Relegated– There are a fair few certainties in life. One of them is at the end of the Barclays Premier League season, three teams will need to vacate their top-flight status for a new plot of land in the CHampionship.

This season Fulham, Cardiff and Norwich are all headed down. There is a common thread between all of them. They all changed managers at some point in the season, with Fulham leading the way with three managers over the course of the season.

Each club will look to give their fans something to cheer about, albeit bittersweet, to end the season. The Championship is a tough place to go into and especially to come right back to the Premier League. However, I wouldn’t doubt if one of these three clubs make it back next year. I’d bet on Fulham.

2. Liverpool Need A Little Bit Of Luck– In the many twists and turns of the league, Liverpool has looked out of the title, has looked like winning and now back to on the verge of falling just short.

If the Reds fail to win the title, it will still be a remarkable season. The club will be back in the Champions League and could use that to help recruit players for another title run.

However, there still is a slim chance they can win it.

They need to beat Newcastle, who has sputtered to end the season, at Anfield and then need West Ham to pull off a remarkable victory at the Etihad Stadium. Is that totally out of the question? Not necessarily on the back of what’s been a wild ride of a season. However, it’s not looking too likely.

3. Sixth Up For Grabs– Although it may not come with a European place, finishing as high as you can in the league table should be a priority. Tottenham and Manchester United both have a chance for sixth.

Manchester United has already secured their worst finish since 1991. Ryan Giggs can end what looks to be a short spell as United manager on a high note with three points from Southampton. If Tottenham slip up, it can open the door for United to leap-frog them.

Spurs only need to get a point from a home match against Aston Villa and sixth place will be theirs. Tim Sherwood has been another manager thats job looks to be on shaky footing. Ending the season on a high note may not save his job if he’s on the chopping block. However, leaving a positive impression possibly could, our could at least set him for another job if he is relieved of his duties.