Manchester City are 2018-19 Premier League champions.
City entered their final match of the season as heavy favorites against 17th place Brighton Hove & Albion. FanDuel Sportsbook NJ had them priced at -650 to win (Brighton was +1300, Draw +700). They were -750 at the start of the match to be outright champions to Liverpool’s +550. It would take a miracle on par with last week’s Champions League clashes for Liverpool to hoist their first ever Premier League trophy.
That miracle almost happened. City went down 1-0 on a Glenn Murray header in the 27th minute. Then…
83 – There were just 83 seconds between Glenn Murray's opener for Brighton and Sergio Aguero's equaliser for Man City. Drama.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 12, 2019
City went on to cruise to a 4-1 win. They won 14 in a row to capture the title. That’s the second best run in EPL history.
|Liverpool Mane goal||City +340||Liverpool -390|
|Brighton goal||City -115||Liverpool +110|
|City Aguero goal (83 seconds later)||City -450||Liverpool +300|
|City Laporte goal||City -1350||Liverpool +900|
|City Mahrez goal||City -4000||Liverpool +1600|
|City Gundogan goal||Odds off the board|
Despite only losing one the entire Premier League campaign, Reds fans will have to wait another year. At least there’s the 2019 UEFA Champions League Final to look forward to on June 1st.
How City got here
City end the campaign with a 32-2-4 record and a 72-point goal differential. Last year they finished with 100 points and a goal differential of 79.
A few key matches propelled City to the title:
- The first and most obvious was their January 3rd win over Liverpool. City started the day 7 points behind Liverpool. Ultimately, the 11 millimeters the ball didn’t travel on Sadio Mane’s attempt won City the Premier League.
- While both teams secured key victories in the closing minutes of games, City’s previous match against Leicester was among the most important crucial. Suffice to say, Vincent Kompany has never hit a more perfect strike from that distance and likely never will again.
- Let’s not forget the Anfield 0-0 draw on October 7th last year. A billion people tuned in to watch both sides not really try to win. Had Jurgen Klopp not opted for such a conservative game plan, Liverpool might be hoisting the trophy instead of City.
This was a race for the ages and one that won’t soon be forgotten. These were without question the two best teams in the world this year.