An epic six-way ti­tle race

It’s time for the top six – or even seven – to vie for the ti­tle on the last day of the sea­son

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Manch­ester United fans won’t agree, but FFT is des­per­ate to see more of the kind of last-gasp drama that saw Black­burn win the league in 1995, or Manch­ester City be­come cham­pi­ons in 2012.

Last term’s ti­tle bat­tle be­came some­thing of a non-event, de­spite Tot­ten­ham’s best ef­forts. An­to­nio Conte’s Chelsea were com­fort­able win­ners de­spite fan­tas­tic late-sea­son form from Spurs, which saw Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino’s side close the gap down to four points at one stage, be­fore their Lon­don ri­vals even­tu­ally se­cured top spot with two matches to spare.

Even in 2015-16, when Le­ices­ter de­fied all the odds to win the ti­tle, they won it at a can­ter. No team got closer than fives points away from the Foxes in the fi­nal two months of the cam­paign, and Jamie Vardy & Co. ended up top­ping the fi­nal stand­ings by a mar­gin of 10 points.

The last time things went down to the fi­nal day was 2014, when all Manch­ester City needed was a rou­tine win against a dis­in­ter­ested West Ham to kill off any lin­ger­ing hope of Bren­dan Rodgers lift­ing the tro­phy aloft at An­field.

No, it has been a full five years since we saw any dis­cernible last-day dra­mat­ics at the top, and we want to see some more. Pic­ture the scene: Ar­se­nal, Chelsea, Liver­pool, Manch­ester City, Man United and Tot­ten­ham all level on points go­ing into the fi­nal game of the cam­paign; a straight shootout for the ti­tle. Then all six draw­ing, be­fore Ever­ton come out of nowhere to snatch away the Premier League crown with a dra­matic win at West Ham.

OK, that may be wish­ful think­ing, but we would set­tle for two teams go­ing into the last af­ter­noon’s ac­tion level peg­ging, both with a near-equal chance of win­ning the ti­tle, then 90 min­utes of too­ing and fro­ing, be­fore the whole thing comes to a dra­matic crescendo with one sea­son-defin­ing mo­ment you’ll bore your grand­kids about. Is that re­ally too much to ask for?


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