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Opta supercomputer reveals Liverpool’s title chances dropped by 16 PER CENT

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An Opta supercomputer analysis has revealed that Liverpool’s chances of winning the Premier League title have significantly decreased following their 3-1 loss at Arsenal on Sunday.

Before the match, Liverpool had been on a four-game winning streak, including a notable 4-1 victory against Chelsea. This had given them a five-point lead at the top of the table, with Opta’s supercomputer estimating their chances of winning the league at 42.1%.

However, the defeat at the Emirates Stadium, which was criticized by Roy Keane for Liverpool’s defensive performance, has reduced their title hopes to 26.1%, a drop of 16 percentage points.

This loss was only Liverpool’s second in the league this season, with their previous defeat also occurring in north London against Tottenham in September due to a controversial offside decision.

Jurgen Klopp had acknowledged the need for near-perfection from his team to secure their second Premier League title in four years. Arsenal’s victory has brought them within two points of Liverpool, with their own title chances increasing from 3.3% to 7.4%.

Manchester City, the defending champions, remain the favorites to win the league for the fourth consecutive year. Their recent win against Brentford has propelled them to second place in the table, just two points behind Liverpool with a game in hand.

City’s chances of retaining the title have risen from 54.4% to 66.2% after Liverpool’s setback. Their strong form, winning their last five league games, indicates that they are hitting top form at a crucial stage of the season.

Aston Villa and Tottenham, despite being five and seven points behind Liverpool, respectively, are considered unlikely to mount a serious title challenge. Opta’s supercomputer gives Villa a 0.2% chance and Tottenham a mere 0.1% chance of finishing first in the league.

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Man City win record fourth English title in a row as Foden scores twice in 3-1 win over West Ham

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Man City win record fourth English title in a row as Foden scores twice in 3-1 win over West Ham

Phil Foden scored twice early on as Manchester City clinched an unprecedented fourth consecutive Premier League title with a commanding 3-1 victory over West Ham.

Pep Guardiola’s dominant side showed little sign of last-day jitters, though a stunning goal from Mohammed Kudus just before halftime at the Etihad Stadium momentarily sparked hope for rivals Arsenal.

However, Rodri soon dashed those hopes by driving home City’s third goal, sealing their sixth league triumph in seven seasons under Guardiola’s inspirational leadership on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

The win ensured City remained out of reach for second-placed Arsenal, regardless of their result against Everton.

Arsenal had been relying on a favor from West Ham, who were already secured in ninth place and were playing their final match under David Moyes’ second tenure as manager.

With City demonstrating remarkable composure throughout the run-in, only the most optimistic Arsenal supporters believed they might falter.

City quickly put those hopes to rest, taking less than two minutes to assert their dominance and eliminate any doubts about the outcome.

With the sun shining and their player of the season Foden in scintillating form, City’s performance was nothing short of stylish.

Foden received a pass from Bernardo Silva on the right, cut inside, evaded a challenge from James Ward-Prowse, and unleashed a left-footed shot into the top corner from the edge of the box.

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OFFICIAL: Phil Foden named Premier League Player of the Season 23/24

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OFFICIAL: Phil Foden named Premier League Player of the Season 23/24

Phil Foden has been announced as the Premier League’s Player of the Year for his sensational performances, which have been instrumental in Manchester City’s pursuit of the Premier League title.

The England international has been pivotal for Pep Guardiola’s side throughout the season, scoring 17 goals and providing eight assists, directly contributing to 25 goals in total.

Foden’s form has helped City edge towards a record-breaking fourth consecutive Premier League title.

City will secure the title if they beat West Ham on Sunday, amid a close battle with Arsenal throughout the campaign.

Foden said: “To win this award is an achievement that I am extremely proud of.

“The Premier League is acknowledged as the greatest league in the world, and it is a pleasure to have been nominated with so many other great players who have all enjoyed special seasons for their clubs.

“Overall, I’ve been very happy with the way I have played this season and really pleased that I have been able to contribute with the goals and assists throughout the season.

“I’d like to thank all of the City staff, coaches and especially my teammates because without them this wouldn’t be possible. And I would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who voted for me as the award means a lot.”

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Man Utd CANCEL end of season dinner following worst campaign under Ten Hag

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Man Utd CANCEL end of season dinner following worst campaign under Ten Hag

Manchester United has reportedly cancelled their end-of-season awards meal, originally scheduled for May 20, to avoid distracting players ahead of the FA Cup final against Manchester City.

This tradition, dating back more than a decade, typically includes prizes for men’s, women’s, and academy team players, such as the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year Award.

This decision, consulted with Erik ten Hag and management, marks the second time in three years that the ceremony has been called off.

Despite the cancellation of the gathering, awards will still be voted for and handed out among the players.

The cancellation comes amid a challenging season for United’s men’s team, currently sitting eighth in the Premier League and on course for their worst finish in the club’s Premier League history.

In contrast, the women’s team recently celebrated success by lifting the FA Cup with a 4-0 win over Tottenham.

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