9 Times the Premier League Title Race Went to the Final Day as Man City, Arsenal Target 23/24 Trophy

9 Times the Premier League Title Race Went to the Final Day as Man City, Arsenal Target 23/24 Trophy

Joel Reyes
May 15, 2024 at 10:01 AM
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  • Arsenal defeated Manchester United on Sunday to take the title race to the final day
  • Manchester City regained the Premier League lead after beating Tottenham Hotspur
  • Nine previous Premier League seasons have been decided on the final day

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Manchester City and Arsenal are the last teams standing in the 2023-24 Premier League campaign.

Only two points separate the two sides heading into the final day of the season.

Sports Brief looks at the Premier League title races that were decided on the final day of the tournament.

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EPL title races with final-day drama

1. 1994-95 (Blackburn and Manchester United)

Ranking

Team

Points heading into final day (Goal difference)

Points after final round (Goal difference)

Champion

Blackburn Rovers

89 (+42)

89 (+41)

2nd

Manchester United

87 (+49)

88 (+49)

Blackburn Rovers headed into the final day of the 1994-95 season with a two-point lead over Manchester United.

Blackburn needed just a victory over Liverpool to claim the title, but unfortunately, they lost to the Reds. That opened the door for Manchester United to capture the championship with a win over West Ham.

That didn't materialise for the Red Devils as the Hammers held them to a 1-1 draw, per Flashscore.

2. 1995-96 (Manchester United and Newcastle United)

Ranking

Team

Points heading into final day (Goal difference)

Points after final round (Goal difference)

Champion

Manchester United

79 (+35)

82 (+38)

2nd

Newcastle United

77 (+29)

78 (+29)

Manchester United headed into the final day of the 1995-96 season with a two-point lead over Newcastle United.

The only way for the Magpies to win the championship was for the Red Devils to slip up and lose their final league match against Middlesbrough.

Sir Alex Ferguson's men ensured there would be no Premier League heartbreak for the second year running by recording a 3-0 victory over Boro to win their third league title in four years.

3. 1998-99 (Manchester United and Arsenal)

Ranking

Team

Points heading into final day (Goal difference)

Points after final round (Goal difference)

Champion

Manchester United

76 (+42)

79 (+43)

2nd

Arsenal

75 (+41)

78 (+42)

The Red Devils headed into the final day of the 1998-99 season with a precarious one-point lead over the Gunners.

The only way for Arsenal to win the championship was for Manchester United to slip up and drop points in their final league match against Tottenham.

United kept their treble bid alive by beating Spurs 2-1 on the final day. David Beckham and Andy Cole scored the goals for the champions, who finished one point ahead of Arsenal in the title race.

4. 2007-08 (Manchester United and Chelsea)

Ranking

Team

Points heading into final day (Goal difference)

Points after final round (Goal difference)

Champion

Manchester United

84 (+56)

87 (+58)

2nd

Chelsea

84 (+39)

85 (+39)

Manchester United and Chelsea had the same number of points heading into the final day of the 2007-08 season.

The Red Devils had the superior goal difference, though, meaning that if they matched the Blues' result on the final day, the championship would be theirs.

United made sure the title will be heading to Old Trafford, beating Wigan Athletic 2-0 to finish the season with 87 points. Chelsea can only muster a draw against Bolton Wanderers to finish two points behind United in second place.

5. 2009-10 (Chelsea and Manchester United)

Ranking

Team

Points heading into final day (Goal difference)

Points after final round (Goal difference)

Champion

Chelsea

83 (+63)

86 (+71)

2nd

Manchester United

82 (+54)

85 (+58)

The Blues headed into the final day of the 2009-10 season with a precarious one-point lead over the Red Devils.

The only way Manchester United could win the title was for Chelsea to slip up and drop points in their final league match against Wigan.

United did their job, beating Stoke City 4-0. Unfortunately for Ferguson and his players, Chelsea also did the same.

They crushed the Latics 8-0 at Stamford Bridge to win the Premier League crown for the first time since the 2005-06 season.

6. 2011-12 (Manchester City and Manchester United)

Ranking

Team

Points heading into final day (Goal difference)

Points after final round (Goal difference)

Champion

Manchester City

86 (+63)

89 (+64)

2nd

Manchester United

86 (+55)

89 (+56)

Football fans will forever remember the drama that the final day of the 2011-12 season produced.

Manchester City and Manchester United had the same number of points entering the final round. City had the superior goal difference, though, meaning that if they matched United's result, the title would be theirs.

The Red Devils took care of their own business, beating Sunderland 1-0 thanks to a Wayne Rooney goal in the 20th minute.

It looked like United would win the championship, as City trailed Queens Park Rangers 2-1 in the dying minutes of the second half.

They staged a remarkable comeback, however, in injury time to win their first-ever Premier League title. Edin Dzeko scored the equaliser before Sergio Aguero netted a dramatic match-winner to hand City the victory and the trophy.

7. 2013-14 (Manchester City and Liverpool)

Ranking

Team

Points heading into final day (Goal difference)

Points after final round (Goal difference)

Champion

Manchester City

83 (+63)

86 (+65)

2nd

Liverpool

81 (+50)

84 (+51)

Manchester City headed into the final day of the 2013-14 season with a two-point lead over Liverpool.

City needed just a draw in their final league match against West Ham United to claim the title. They did more than that, recording a 2-0 win over the Hammers to finish two points above Liverpool in the final league table.

8. 2018-19 (Manchester City and Liverpool)

Ranking

Team

Points heading into final day (Goal difference)

Points after final round (Goal difference)

Champion

Manchester City

95 (+69)

98 (+72)

2nd

Liverpool

94 (+65)

97 (+67)

City headed into the final day of the 2018-19 season with a precarious one-point lead over the Reds.

The only way Liverpool could win the title was for Manchester City to slip up and drop points in their final league match against Brighton.

Liverpool did their job, beating Wolves 4-0. Unfortunately for Klopp and his players, City also did the same.

Pep Guardiola's men beat the Seagulls 2-0 to win the Premier League title.

9. 2021-22 (Manchester City and Liverpool)

Ranking

Team

Points heading into final day (Goal difference)

Points after final round (Goal difference)

Champion

Manchester City

90 (+72)

93 (+73)

2nd

Liverpool

89 (+66)

92 (+68)

Manchester City and Liverpool once again found themselves in a tight battle in the 2021-22 campaign. Only one point separated the two sides heading into the final day of the season.

City had to dig deep in their final league match, erasing a two-goal deficit late in the second half to record a thrilling 3-2 win, per The Guardian.

The come-from-behind victory was enough for City to successfully defend their Premier League title.

Explaining the Premier League's final-day schedule

Sports Brief recently explained why all Premier League games on the final day will start at the same time.

The rule was implemented to avoid cases of match-fixing.

The games are all played on a Sunday because of the Black-out law.

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Joel Reyes
Joel Reyes is a sports editor at Sportsbrief.com with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines. He has eight years of work experience in sports writing.