2018-19 Premier League: Week 38 Roundup

Manchester City retain their Premier League crown. (Image credit: ManCity.com)

Manchester City retained their Premier League crown in style as the 2018-19 Premier League came to a thrilling conclusion. 

City entered the final day a point ahead of Liverpool but Sadio Mane’s 17th minute tap in against Wolves placed the Reds on the verge of snatching the title. 

Things then got worse for the Citizens when Glenn Murray headed Brighton ahead at the near post from a 27th minute corner, meaning that they needed to score twice to retain the title. 

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Sergio Aguero swiftly restored parity at the Amex with a close range shot before Aymeric Laporte completed City’s comeback ten minutes later, with a similar header to that of Murray. 

Riyad Mahrez and Ilkay Gundogan then put the icing on the cake with second-half screamers as Man City ran out 4-1 winners to retain their crown by a single point. 

Over at Anfield, Mane headed in his second of the afternoon as Liverpool secured a 2-0 win ahead of next month’s all English Champions League Final against Tottenham. 

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Chelsea finished as the top London club after a goalless draw at Leicester whilst Tottenham held Everton to a 2-2 draw as they secured another top four finish. 

Those results meant that Arsenal finishes the season in fifth after a 3-1 win at Burnley, in which Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang netted twice to finish joint winner of the Golden Boot with 22 goals this season alongside Liverpool’s Mane and Mohamed Salah. 

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Elsewhere, Nathaniel Mendez-Laing’s brace saw Cardiff stun Manchester United to record their first win at Old Trafford in 65 years, potentially condemning the Red Devils to a July start in Europa League next season if Watford lift the FA Cup.

West Ham thrashed Watford 4-1 to snatch a tenth-placed finish, whilst Crystal Palace finishes the season in 12th after overcoming Bournemouth 5-3 in a free-scoring game. 

Fulham end the season with two consecutive defeats as Newcastle ran riot with four goals in what could be Rafa Benitez’s final game as the Magpies’ manager. 

Finally, Huddersfield came from behind through Alex Pritchard to snatch one final Premier League point against Southampton. 

 

Here are the final 2018-19 Premier League standings, with relegated teams highlighted in red;

Team Goal Difference Points
Manchester City  +72 98
Liverpool +67 97
Chelsea +24 72
Tottenham +28 71
Arsenal +21 70
Manchester United +11 66
Wolves +1 57
Everton +8 54
Leicester +3 52
West Ham -3 52
Watford -7 50
Crystal Palace -2 49
Newcastle  -6 45
Bournemouth -14 45
Burnley -22 40
Southampton -20 39
Brighton -25 36
Cardiff -35 34
Fulham -47 26
Huddersfield -54 16

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