Three of the greatest ever final day title deciders
After a sensational season, Manchester City and Liverpool will fight it out for the Premier League title on the final day of the campaign.
For the neutral there’s nothing better, and a final day decider has thrown up some of the most remarkable sporting drama over the years.
2011-2012 – Manchester City & Manchester United
Need we say any more? It was a moment which went straight into Premier League legend.
A season-long fight between both sides of Manchester boiled down to a final day shootout with the two rivals level on points.
City looked like they’d blown it when they went 2-1 down at home to struggling QPR. United done their part by beating Sunderland, all they could do now was wait on their ‘noisy neighbours’.
Tension was rife at the Etihad as City saw a first league title since 1968 slip away, but then Edin Dzeko made it 2-2 in stoppage time…
And two minutes later Mario Balotelli threaded a pass through to Sergio Aguero, in the 94th minute of the 38th and final game of the season…. The rest is history.
1994-1995 – Blackburn Rovers & Manchester United
Fergie’s United were on the receiving end of another final day decider in 1995.
Blackburn were two points ahead on the final day, but had to go to Liverpool, while United went to mid-table West Ham United – and they had the greater goal difference.
The day swung back and forth, with Rovers going ahead through Alan Shearer while United slipped behind in East London.
But an equaliser for the Red Devils, plus a John Barnes leveller at Anfield changed the atmosphere.
United knew now that one more goal would see them snatch the league, and they promptly launched wave after wave of attacks at Upton Park.
But step forward Ludek Miklosko. West Ham’s Czech stopper produced a string of top saves to keep Sir Alex Ferguson’s side at bay.
The Red Devils couldn’t find a winner, and a late Jamie Redknapp goal for Liverpool ensured that even in defeat, Blackburn were Premier League champions.
1988-1989 – Arsenal & Liverpool
Perhaps the greatest final day of them all came way back in 1989 at the end of a titanic First Division scrap between Arsenal and Liverpool.
George Graham’s Gunners were three points behind Kenny Dalglish’s Reds, but knew that a 2-0 win at Anfield would see the goal difference swing enough for Arsenal to win it on goals scored.
And amazingly, that’s exactly what happened. After a goalless first-half, Alan Smith netted early on in the second period to put everyone on edge, but as the game rolled on, that second goal remained elusive.
John Aldridge and Ray Houghton missed chances for the hosts, who were punished in the most dramatic fashion when Michael Thomas skipped through into the box and fired past Bruce Grobbelaar to seal the league in stoppage time. Ooooof.
2018-19 – Manchester City & Liverpool
Are we in for more final day madness this Sunday? Our traders don’t think so with City chalked up at 1/10 to win the league.
City are 1/6 to beat an already-safe Brighton side, while Liverpool are 1/3 to down a Wolves squad who are secure in seventh place.
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