First, with this being my first article, I’ll start with a bit about myself. Although this post is about soccer, do not mistake the fact that much like the other authors on this page, I too am a massive fan of all sports, football and basketball especially. On top of that, I am huge sports gambler, taking lines pretty much every night in whatever is in season out of college football and basketball, the NFL, NBA, MLB and soccer. However, my main expertise comes in the beautiful game, which, for some can be tedious. But I assure you, soccers popularity across the globe is no accident, and we are in for one hell of a finish to the Premier League season.
Before the New Years Break, many soccer fans were already counting their teams out, surrendering to the mighty Liverpool FC (of which I am a fan) who stood 7 points clear at the top of the table, above Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur, who stood in second and third place, respectively. Although the standings currently are in the same order, the difference in points has shrunk to 4, as Manchester City beat Liverpool 2-1 on January 3rd, in both of the the two teams first match in 2019. Now, I am a big enough man to admit when my team gets outplayed, and outplayed they were, though not physically. The game was almost completely even, with possession being split almost exactly 50/50 and Manchester City leading on shots only 9 to 7. However, the real difference just seemed to be in the work ethic of the players on each team, which may be due to the fact that Manchester City were holding on for dear life in the title race, and desperately needed that win.
See, if Liverpool had won that game, I would have told you to log in to whatever site you bet on, click on soccer props and futures, and put your house on Liverpool winning the Premier League, as they would have been 10 points clear, going into the easier part of their schedule, with all the momentum in the world. Unfortunately, because the result went another way, I am a little wary of what may go down in the coming months leading up to May. This begs the question, can we honestly tell who will win the Prem at this point? It breaks my heart, but I have to say “no.” Since Manchester City were able to pull the title race within four points, there is no longer a case for Liverpool having complete and total domination over the league. Currently, Liverpool has lost both games they have played in 2019, (one being an FA Cup game were they did not play their usual roster) and they also saw their undefeated Premier League season come to an end.
These events have made me, along with many other Liverpool fans, concerned about what the future holds. With Manchester City and Tottenham both close behind, all it will take is one mistake and Liverpool’s title hopes will falter and considering the fact that the Premier League is the most competitive league in the world, mistakes are very hard to avoid. The one thing that is on Liverpool’s side is their schedule. They have gotten the majority of their games against the top teams out of the way, having only to face Manchester United, Tottenham and Chelsea in the coming months. However, one cannot look past any team in the Prem, as you never know who might sneak up on you and pull out a draw, or a cheeky win. Thus, while I will be cheering my heart out for Liverpool FC, I will also be suffering from severe anxiety, until they hopefully, host the trophy high.