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What Next Now for Football Fans After the Premier League?

Just 1.1cm but still no goal

It’s been an unforgettable season for Premier League fans. Manchester City and Liverpool ensured fans had to wait until the final day to find out who will win the title.

Manchester City have now been confirmed as back-to-back champions of the PL. Pep Guardiola has now become only the third manager to win back-to-back league titles in England; an incredible feat by all means.

The drama is now over. There’s no more news about the title race. The top four drama has been sorted out. The once-noisy Premier League will now be on break until August. The absence of the most-watched league in the world puts us at the risk of enduring boring weekends.

With the league and its drama now gone, what’s there to look forward to in the world of football?

  1. FA Cup Final

Manchester City won their second title of the season as they added a fourth Premier League title. The Citizens will now set their eyes on yet another trophy: the FA Cup.

They have plenty of time to rest before taking on Watford on the 18th of May at the Wembley Stadium. Both teams have it all to fight for and will go all out to ensure a superb end to their football season.

Vincent Kompany celebrates his wonder strike against Leicester

Going into the game, Manchester City are overwhelming favorites. This is, in part, because of their recent league triumph and utter dominance of the league. It’s also because of their head-to-head record against Watford.

To put things in context, Manchester City have scored at least two goals in their last 10 games against Watford. In case you’re wondering, they won those 10 games too.

  1. The Other Top 5 European Leagues

The German Bundesliga remains the only league whose winner remains unknown. Going into the final day, only two points separate Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund. Looking further down the table, the final MatchDay will also feature the battle to qualify for European football.

There are still two MatchDays to be enjoyed in the French Ligue 1, Italian Serie A. The 2018/2019 La Liga season is just one game from coming to an end.

  1. UEFA Nations League Play-offs

Netherlands, Switzerland, Portugal and England all finished top of the League A groups in the Nations League. Come June, all four teams will feature in the semi-final of the tournament, with the fixtures as follows:

  • Portugal vs. Switzerland
  • Netherlands vs. England

During the group stages, the Swiss were the highest goal-scoring side, with 14 goals in four games. Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal scored the least amount, five.

  1. CAF Champions League Final

This month of May will feature the final of Africa’s premier club competition, CAF Champions League. The two-legged affair will be contested by Wydad Casablanca of Morocco and Esperance Tunis of Tunisia.

Furthermore, this final underscores the dominance of North African sides in African football.

Since 1997 when the tournament was renamed to ‘CAF Champions League,’ only twice have North African sides failed to feature in the final – in 1998 and in 2009. In other news, Esperance are the reigning champions of African football.

  1. Europa League Final

The first of two all-English finals will take place this month. The game has been described as the London derby that will be played outside London.

Which of these two managers will win the Europa League?

Arsenal and Chelsea will lock horns and battle it out for the trophy. With both sides losing out on the other available trophies this season, both Unai Emery and Maurizio Sarri will go all out for this one.

  1. UEFA Champions League Final

”And what do we say to the god of death?”

Both finalists in the UEFA Champions League have defied all odds up till this point.

It’s an all-too-familiar scene for Liverpool as they feature in a second successive final. That night against Barcelona will forever be remembered. And after missing out on the Premier League title, the Reds have to win this one to avoid a catastrophic end to their football season.

UCL final between Liverpool and Tottenham
All-English UCL Final: Who Will Win?

Mauricio Pochettino’s dream run continues in Europe. It’s Tottenhams first-ever appearance in the Champions League final. And they’ve been paired with a familiar foe in Liverpool.

Fernando Llorente’s goal against Manchester City and Luca Moura’s hattrick in Holland will forever remain in Spurs folklore.

  1. Championship Play-offs Final

It’s the most-expensive football game in the world.

Championship playoffs
Which of these four teams will gain promotion to the Premier League via the Championship playoffs?

It’s the game that will determine the third team to gain promotion to the Premier League. As of the time of writing, Aston Villa, Derby County, Leeds United and West Bromich Albion are the four teams vying for a place in the Premier League.

Which of these games are you anticipating? Leave us your comments and share your thoughts with us.

Author: For The Goal

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