The Barclay’s Premier League “Championship Sunday” is halfway over, and for now it looks as if the status quo will hold.
Manchester City, currently sitting atop the table and playing at home against West Ham United, have nudged themselves ahead 1-0 with a 40th minute rip from Samir Nasri. Nasri’s strike was his seventh league goal of the season, but he surely will not have a more important one.
Livepool, desperately chasing City after their catastrophic mid-week draw with Crystal Palace, have fallen behind at home 1-0 to Newcastle United. A 20th minute own goal by Martin Skrtel is to blame for the defecit, and Liverpool can be expected to throw everybody forward in the second half.
The final Europa League spot looks like it will be going to Tottenham Hotspur, who currently lead Aston Villa 3-0 and can clinch the berth merely by holding onto the lead. Manchester United trail Southampton 1-0, and must couple a major rally with a major Tottenham collapse in order to avoide being left out of European football entirely in 2014-15.
All other major moves (i.e., relegation, Champions League berths) have been decided, and now all that stands between us and having a champion is 45 minutes. City are certainly in prime position, and barring a miracle for Liverpool will win their second Premier League title in three years.