English Premier League 2018-19 round-up: Matchday 38 of 38
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Manchester City are Premier League champions once again
In their relentless pursuit of the English Premier league title between Manchester City and Liverpool, the former had the last laugh. With just a point separating City and Liverpool, Pep Guardiola's men had to deal with Brighton for their ultimate match while Liverpool ran into Wolverhampton. It was hard not to see Manchester City not getting the three points they needed to put them at the top and the match in fact ended with a 1-4 win for the champions.
Liverpool got the better of the Wolves but that wasn't enough as they had to settle for 97 points on the Premier League table finishing second best to Man City's 98.
Chelsea maintained their third spot in the table with 72 points despite playing out a draw with Leicester City away at the King Power stadium.
Tottenham Hotspur, fresh out of their Champions League miracle managed to cling on to the Top Four with a below par performance against Everton in a 2-2 draw. The North London club ended with 71 points and made sure of their entry into the 2019-20 season of the UEFA Champions League.
This season's Europa League finalists, Arsenal, will rue their chances to add points in April when they suffered three losses on the run, especially to lesser teams like Crystal Palace and Leicester City and a draw to minions Brighton. The upshot of that is that they are out of the Top Four even after their 1-3 away win to Burnley in the final game of the Premier League. Unai Emery's Gunners have finished 5th with 70 points on the board and will feature in the Europa League once again in the next season.
For Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Manchster United, things have gone from bad to worse. With just 2 wins from their last 9 Premier League outings (that includes 5 losses), the Red Devils gave up on finishing inside the Top Four long ago.
To rub salt to their wounds, the season ended with 0-2 loss to a relegated Cardiff City side at Old Trafford. United after that defeat had to be content at the 6th spot with 66 points and will again feature in the 2019-20 version of the Europa League. So will the Wolves after finishing on the 7th spot post their 0-2 defeat to Liverpool in their final EPL outing. Everton qualify, too, for the 2019-20 Europa League after their 2-2 draw with Spurs at Goodison Park on Sunday.
Leicester City and West Ham with 52 points each fell short of 8th placed Everton's 54 points and are out of contention for the coming season's European sojourn. Both notched up commendable performances on Sunday, though, with Leicester City holding Chelsea to a 0-0 draw and West Ham blanking out Watford 1-4 away at Vicarage Road. Watford and Crystal Palace are now in the bottom half of the table on the 11th and 12th places even after the latter's 5-3 crushing of Bournemouth in the finishing fixture.
Newcastle had to be content at the 13th spot despite their 0-4 crushing of Fulham, who find themselves relegated along with Cardiff City and Huddersfield Town.
As far as goal-scoring goes, the top performers for the 2018-19 EPL season are as follows
Premier League 2018/19 Season Top Scorers
Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) 22 goals, 8 assists.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) 22 goals, 5 assists.
Sadio Mane (Liverpool) 22 goals, 1 assist.
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) 21 goals, 8 assists.
Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) 18 goals, 4 assists.
Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) 17 goals, 10 assists.
Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspurs) 17 goals, 4 assists.