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English Premier League match preview: Manchester City v/s West Ham United

Sunday, 11 May 2014 - 6:16pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna webdesk

Manchester City are just one point away from Premier League glory. If City manage to grab a single point at the Ethiad Stadium, it will be their second Premier League Title in two years ( the previous one came in during the 2011-12 season). 

After Manchester City drew the match 2-2 to Sunderland FC at home, all their hopes would have been dashed if Chelsea had beaten Sunderland at Stamford Bridge. But it never happened. Chelsea vs Sunderland at the Stamford Bridge was a shocking result, as Chelsea lost 2-1, which was Jose Mourinho's first ever loss as Chelsea manager at Stamford Bridge in 78 matches.

That result hindered Chelsea's title chances, as a victory would have taken them to the 2nd spot on the table. But it wasn't over yet. On 27th April 2014, Chelsea went to the Anfield to play Liverpool, after the shocking loss against Sunderland. A victory was necessary for Brendon Rodgers' side as it would see them on top of the table. Destiny had some other plans though, as Liverpool went down to Chelsea 2-0 at home, goals scored by Demba Ba and Willian. But the title race wasn't yet over for the Merseyside team. Liverpool faced Crystal Palace in a do-or-die situation, as anything other than a victory would cost them the Premier League title. Liverpool squandered thier 3-0 lead to the hosts and conceded 3 crucial goals in the last 11 minutes of the match.

Liverpool's draw became a golden opportunity for Manuel Pellegrini's side. With a match against Aston Villa in hand, Manchester City had a great chance to go on top of the table. City won that match 4-0 which saw them 2 points clear on top of the table.

Manchester City just need a draw to secure the Premier League title. If they draw against West Ham United, the only chance Liverpool will have is by scoring 14 goals against Newcastle ( it would take them above Manchester City on goal difference), which seems highly impossible. But if, somehow Manchester City lose, and Liverpool win, Liverpool would get on top of the table with one point lead, which would win them the Premier League.

We are yet to see if luck will favour Liverpool for Premier League glory, but as of now, it's very unlikely to happen. 

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