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History shows being top is vital ahead of finale

6 May 2019
Virgil van DIjk and Sergio Aguero

On past seven occasions the battle to be champions has gone to final Matchweek the team leading at the start of the day have prevailed

Manchester City kept the fate of the Premier League Trophy in their own hands by beating Leicester City 1-0 at home on Monday night.

Vincent Kompany's second-half wonder goal secured the victory the defending champions needed to go above Liverpool in the table, and that could be vital according to history.

The top two

Pos Team Pl GD Pts
1 MCI 38 +72 98
2 LIV 38 +67 97
What history tells us

On the seven previous occasions the Premier League title has been decided on the final day, it has always been the leaders at the start of the day who have prevailed.

The last two occasions have both involved Man City being successful, most notably Sergio Aguero’s stoppage-time winner against Queens Park Rangers in 2011/12.

Indeed, the last time a team won a top-flight title having not led going into the final day was back in 1988/89, before the Premier League, and it involved Liverpool missing out.

Second-placed Arsenal won 2-0 at Anfield to win the league on goals scored.

Final-day deciders: MW37 standings
Season 1st Pts 2nd Pts Champions
1994/95 BLB 89 MUN 87 BLB
1995/96 MUN 79 NEW 77 MUN
1998/99 MUN 76 ARS 75 MUN
2007/08 MUN 84 CHE 84 MUN
2009/10 CHE 83 MUN 82 CHE
2011/12 MCI 86 MUN 86 MCI
2013/14 MCI 83 LIV 81 MCI
2017/18 MCI 95 LIV 94 ?

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