By Kiptanui Rutto
With only two English Premier League’s games remaining while the the final set for Sunday 26th this month, four teams are fighting to remain in the league next season. Already, Norwich City secured their ticket to Champions League.
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Liverpool is seen ‘walking alone’ with 93 points, 18 points above their closest rival. They could see the end of the season with 99 points next to Manchester City who became the first Premier League side to amass 100 points winning 2017-18 title.
They were close to breaking Arsenal’s record but have already lost two games. The Gunners ‘Invincibles’ team were the first side to win the league undefeated in 2003, however, their total of 90 points does not come close to scratching the surface of record-breaking points totals.
West Ham seemed to have secured their Premier League status for next season after beating their rivals Watford in the first half 3-1 to secure victory.
Michail Antonio scored The Hammers opener six minutes into the game and Tomas Soucek came in with the second goal in the 10th minute before Declan Rice’s stunning strike sealed their lead 26 minutes later.
In the second half, Troy Denney pulled a goal back for the visitors four minutes after the break but David Moyes’ side defended an improved Watford display to hold on for a crucial win.
With just two games remaining, West Ham, now 15th on the table, moved six points above the drop zone with a better goal difference than all of their relegation rivals.
West Ham boss David Moyes said they started the game brilliantly. He said: “I’ve got to say, I think we’re in a good position. A lot of teams will struggle to get to our points total, but I can’t say they won’t, we’ve still got to do our job.”
On the other hand, Watford boss said they had passengers which is disappointing at this stage of the season.
“There’s no getting away from the fact this result is bitterly disappointing. I’d expect better from our players – that’s not to say everybody. What I say stays in the dressing room. It’s not self-preservation; it’s making sure we take responsibility. We didn’t in the first-half; we did in the second half. Very disappointing, it means now we have got to find another one or two good results” Nigel Pearson lamented.
West Hampton who is in position 15 with a Goal Difference (GD) of -13 will be travelling to Old Trafford to face Manchester United on Wednesday 22nd July and then host Aston Villa on Sunday 26th July. They have 37 points. The 16th on the table, Brighton, with the same 37 points but -16 GD will be hosting Newcastle on Monday 20th July and then visit Burnley on Sunday 26th July.
Watford, with 34 points and -23 GD will be hosting Manchester City on Tuesday 20th July and then travel to Emirates to meet the Gunners on Sunday 26th July.
Bournemouth and Aston Villa sharing 31 points are in position 18 and 19 respectively. Bournemouth, with a GD of -25 will be hosting Southampton on Tomorrow Sunday 19th July and then travel to play with Everton on Sunday 26th July. Aston Villa will be hosting Arsenal on Tuesday 21st before visiting the Hammers for their EPL’s last game on Sunday 26th. They have a GD of -27.
With these fixtures, which two teams will likely to join Norwich City in the Championship next season?