The long road of the English Premier League has been travelled.
The journey has been tough, emotion-laden, tearful and satisfying, depending on the performance of one’s team.
Today, all the Premiership teams play at the same time to avoid match-fixing.
The Premier League table has three contentious points so far: those fighting for the league crown, those pushing for a spot in the European Champions League next season and finally those battling against relegation.
There will be celebrations today in the city of Manchester. What still remains to be known is which side of the city shall toast the champagne.
The two Manchester clubs - City and United - are level on points but City are ahead on goal difference (eight goals).
“The Citizens” host Queens Park Rangers at the Etihad Stadium while the “Red Devils” travel to Sunderland.
The pressure to win rests on City. They need to beat QPR to win the trophy, assuming the Red Devils don’t score a 10-goal win over Sunderland.
City last won the title 44 years ago and on the brink of such a revival, woes betide them should they fail to deliver. It will be a bunch not easy to forgive for a long time to come.
Such is the pressure City face. The only consolation is that QPR have the worst away-record this season while The Citizens have the best home record, and they will be at home.
Arsenal fight for Europe
Last weekend, Arsenal were the lucky team. After being held by Norwich City on Saturday, they remained third in the league after Newcastle United’s 2-0 loss to Man City and a 1-1 draw for Tottenham Hotspur against Aston Villa.
On Sunday, they must beat Westbrom or forget Champions League next season. At the relegation zone, Wolverhampton Wanderers have been mathematically thrown out.
The third team to go down will be either Bolton or QPR and therein lies the danger for The Citizens. In the quest to stay up, QPR will put up a fight at the Etihad.
It is on this thread of hope that United fans are hanging on. Bolton also travel to Stoke City to fight for survival, with a slim chance of survival even if City beat QPR.