Draw in final game against West Ham enough to hand league title to Manchester City
By Tom Williams , AFP
May 11, 2014, 12:00 am TWN
LONDON--Manchester City will hope to avoid the nerve-shredding drama of the 2011-12 season's final day when they host West Ham United in their Premier League title decider on Sunday.
Two years ago, City needed to match Manchester United's result to take the title on the last day and only prevailed after Sergio Aguero scored a heart-stopping injury-time winner at home to Queens Park Rangers.
This time around the scenario is more straightforward, as although City lead second-place Liverpool by only two points, their superior goal difference means that a draw against West Ham will suffice.
City closed to within touching distance of a second title in three years by overwhelming Aston Villa 4-0 on Wednesday, but manager Manuel Pellegrini has warned his side that the job is not finished yet.
“It is important to be calm ahead of this game,” said the Chilean, who has already led City to glory in the League Cup.
“We have experienced players and some of them played in the game when we last won the Premier League, but the situation is different, many of the team are different, and we are playing different opposition. I expect to win the match and I'm not thinking about a draw or anything else.”
Liverpool's title challenge was compromised by a 2-0 loss at home to Chelsea followed by a calamitous 3-3 draw at Crystal Palace on Monday, in which they let a 3-0 lead slip in the last 11 minutes.
However, if Liverpool win at home to Newcastle United and West Ham pull off a shock victory at the Etihad Stadium, the