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Man Utd, Man City, Chelsea: Every time PL title has been decided on final day

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Sunday will be the third time Liverpool and Manchester City have found themselves in a last day ding-dong for the title.

The Reds’ 2-1 win away at Southampton on Tuesday night set in motion what will be the ninth final day showdown for the Premier League title.

Much like the previous two occasions that these two footballing powerhouses have took it to the wire, Man City hold the advantage – therefore equalling or bettering Liverpool’s result will be enough to clinch glory.

Which is exactly what they did on both occasions. But that doesn’t necessarily mean we’re in for more of the same now, does it?

This helter-skelter season of football has sprung countless unexpected surprises upon us so far and there could yet be one final twist in the tale.

After all, we’ve seen last day drama before…

Take a look at how the previous eight final day Premier League showdowns have panned out below.

1994/95 – BLACKBURN (89 points before final game, Last match: Liverpool away), MAN UTD (87, West Ham away)

Liverpool legend Sir Kenny Dalglish returned to Anfield hoping his old club might take it easy on his Blackburn side and allow them to waltz to the title.

Things didn’t exactly turn out that way, though, as Jamie Redknapp’s late free-kick earnt the Reds a 2-1 victory on the day. The tension was palpable with United drawing 1-1 away at West Ham and needing just a winning goal to steal the title, but the goal never came.

The decider of the 1994/1995 season remains the only time a league leader has dropped points yet still emerged victorious.

1995/96 – MAN UTD (79, Middlesbrough away), NEWCASTLE (77, Tottenham home)

There was no love lost between these teams as they battled it out for the Premier League, not least the managers.

Newcastle had held a gargantuan 11-point lead at one stage, but the mind games of Sir Alex Ferguson were a contributing factor as Kevin Keegan’s Newcastle began to crumble under the pressure.

At the height of the adversity, Keegan gave the famous: “I will love it if we beat them, LOVE IT!” speech.

“You can tell him now, he’ll be watching it. We’re still fighting for this title and he’s gotta go to Middlesbrough and get something,” was the rallying cry that Keegan belted down the camera.

Unfortunately, for Keegan and Newcastle at least, United did go to Middlesbrough and get something.

The Red Devils ran out comfortable 3-0 winners on the day and snatched Premier League glory away from the Tyneside club.

Champions: Manchester United

1998/99 – MAN UTD (76, Tottenham home), ARSENAL (75, Villa home)

It just goes to show the dominance United used to have over English football given they have been involved in every example thus far – and spoiler alert! – that trend continues for a little while yet.

An early Tottenham goal via Les Ferdinand was enough to strike fear into the hearts of every United supporter in the country.

However, normal service resumed as David Beckham and Andy Cole smashed home either side of half-time to clinch victory for the club.

Arsenal’s 1-0 win at home to Villa was in vein.

Champions: Manchester United

2007/08 – MAN UTD (84, Wigan away), CHELSEA (84, Bolton home)

This was a rather undramatic final day and therefore the kind that we certainly do not want tomorrow!

Despite going in level on points, United boasted a far superior goal difference to Chelsea, which meant that the Blues would’ve needed to batter Bolton by at least 19 goals to clinch the title should both teams win.

Needless to say, that didn’t happen.

United were winning 2-0 away at Wigan and once news of the result had spread to Stamford Bridge, the air went out of the game and the London club drew 1-1.

Champions: Manchester United

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2009/10 – CHELSEA (83, Wigan home), MAN UTD (82, Stoke home)

Wigan were involved yet again in 2009/2010 as Chelsea exacted their revenge on Sir Alex Ferguson’s team – and by god, did they do it in brutal fashion…

United didn’t slip, thumping Stoke 4-0. But the Blues simply blew Wigan away, demolishing them 8-0 on the day.

Talk about sealing the title in style!

Champions: Chelsea

2011/12 – MAN CITY (86, QPR home), MAN UTD (86, Sunderland away)

Wow, we’re not sure this one can ever be topped but if it’s going to happen anytime it will be this year.

The greatest moment in Premier League history? It has to be.

“Augeroooo!!! I swear you’ll never see anything like this again!!!”

Just goosebumps.

Champions: Manchester City

2013/14 – MAN CITY (83, West Ham home), LIVERPOOL (81, Newcastle home)

The start of the titanic tussle between the current era’s Premier League giants.

A slip at home to Chelsea and a 3-3 draw away at Crystal Palace resulted in Liverpool relinquishing control of their Premier League destiny to Manuel Pellegrini’s City team.

No one really expected the Citizens to slip up on the final day and they duly cruised to a comfortable 2-0 victory over the Hammers.

Liverpool did all they could, dispatching of Newcastle by two goals to nil, however, the damage had already been inflicted.

Champions: Manchester City

2018/19 – MAN CITY (95, Brighton away), LIVERPOOL (94, Wolves home)

Imagine not winning a title after racking up 97 points! That just demonstrates the quality that these two incredible teams have been operating at for the past five years.

City came into the game off the back of 13 consecutive wins and they made no mistake at the death, sweeping Brighton aside 4-1 in emphatic fashion.

Nervous looking ahead to tomorrow, Liverpool fans?

Champions: Manchester City

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