Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Pennant Fever

For most of the season, the English Premier League has looked like easy pickings for Manchester City, which is going for its fourth title in five years.  But with nine games left, the race has suddenly tightened:

1.  Manchester City:  22-3-4 (70 points)
2.  Liverpool:  21-2-6 (69 points)

Every other team is at least 10 points behind Liverpool.

City hosts Liverpool on April 10.  That should be quite a game.


  1. Here were the results from the Round of 16 in the Champions' League. These are aggregate scores over two legs:

    Bayern Munich (GER) 8 - 2 Red Bull Salzburg (AUT)
    Manchester City (ENG) 5 - 0 Sporting CP (POR)
    Ajax (NED) 2 - 3 Benfica (POR)
    Lille (FRA) 1 - 4 Chelsea (ENG)
    Manchester Utd (ENG) 1 - 2 Atletico Madrid (ESP)
    Juventus (ITA) 1 - 4 Villareal (ESP)
    Liverpool (ENG) 2 - 1 Inter Milan (ITA)
    Real Madrid (ESP) 3 - 2 Paris Saint-Germain (FRA)

  2. Which gives us the following quarter-finalists:

    Spain: Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Villareal
    England: Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea
    Germany: Bayern Munich
    Portugal: Benfica

  3. Here's the draw for the quarter-finals. These matches will be played over two legs in April. The team hosting the second leg is listed first:

    Real Madrid (ESP) v. Chelsea (ENG)
    Atletico Madrid (ESP) v. Manchester City (ENG)
    Bayern Munich (GER) v. Villarreal (ESP)
    Liverpool (ENG) v. Benfica (POR)