June 15, 2024

LONDON: Two extra wins.

That’s all that separates Manchester Metropolis from turning into English champion for an unprecedented fourth straight yr.

The sport is up, although, for Burnley, whose relegation from the Premier League was confirmed on Saturday with a recreation to spare.

On a major day at each ends of the standings, Metropolis racked up one other large victory by routing Fulham 4-0 to climb above Arsenal right into a two-point lead. The highest two every have two video games left, and Arsenal face Manchester United subsequent on Sunday.

Nonetheless Arsenal end the season, the title can be Metropolis’s if Pep Guardiola’s workforce beat each Tottenham away on Tuesday and West Ham at dwelling within the closing spherical on Could 19.

“My gamers prefer to play with stress. They’re used to it,” mentioned Guardiola, whose workforce have received 5 of the final six Premier Leagues. “The gamers take pleasure in this sense.

“This season is similar — don’t take into consideration something apart from the following recreation. Deal with successful the following recreation after which we’ll see what occurs.”

Josko Gvardiol scored twice for Metropolis to reinforce his standing as an unlikely goal-getter for Guardiola, with the left again making it 5 in his final seven video games. Phil Foden and Julian Alvarez additionally netted at Craven Cottage as Metropolis prolonged its unbeaten run in all competitions to 33 matches.

No workforce within the 136-year historical past of English soccer has received the highest division for 4 successive years. It’s the newest file in touching distance of Guardiola’s Metropolis, which have additionally reached the FA Cup closing towards Man United on Could 25.

Burnley down

Two of the three groups which got here as much as the Premier League for this season are certain to be heading again right down to the Championship after one yr.

It’s not trying nice for the third one, both.

Burnley wanted to beat Tottenham to face an opportunity of a second straight season within the league however misplaced 2-1 to affix already-relegated Sheffield United in taking place.

Luton misplaced at West Ham 3-1 to face on the point of being the third workforce relegated. It was given a reprieve, nevertheless, when fourth-from-last Nottingham Forest squandered a lead and misplaced at dwelling to Chelsea 3-2.

Forest was three factors above Luton and has a superior objective distinction of 12. Within the closing spherical of video games subsequent weekend, Forest visits Burnley and Luton hosts Fulham — and there needs to be an enormous, and unbelievable, swing in objective distinction for Luton to outlive.

Final season, all three promoted groups staved off relegation for the primary time since 2018.

Spurs retain hope

Tottenham saved alive its Champions League qualification hopes with the come-from behind win over Burnley, which was secured by Micky van de Ven’s 82nd minute objective.

Spurs’ first objective was additionally scored by a defender — proper again Pedro Porro — to start the fightback.

Spurs trimmed the hole to fourth-placed Aston Villa to 4 factors, with each groups having two video games left. Villa can safe fourth spot and the ultimate computerized Champions League spot from the Premier League by beating Liverpool on Monday.

Different outcomes

Within the combat to qualify for the minor European competitions, Newcastle stayed in sixth place — however dropped six factors behind Tottenham — by drawing at dwelling with Brighton 1-1. Newcastle are tied on factors with Chelsea, with each groups three factors forward of eighth-placed Man United.

Brentford received at Bournemouth 2-1, Crystal Palace beat Wolverhampton 3-1, and Everton defeated Sheffield United 1-0 for a fifth straight dwelling win.