Zimbabweans Gripped By English Premier League Drama
Although Zimbabwean football fans take great pride in supporting their favourite teams each week, there can be no doubting that our very own Premier Soccer League is not the only competition that grabs their attention.
That’s because although the likes of F.C. Platinum command a great deal of respect across the country, that admiration is then dwarfed when going up against the might of the English Premier League.
The glitz and glamour of the English Premier League is enough for football fans all over the world to fall in love with the likes of Liverpool or Manchester City and it is fair to say that the romance is strong in Zimbabwe.
Fans up and down the country have been gripped by the race for this season’s Premier League title, as both Liverpool and City have been locked in a titanic tussle and it is one that could well go down to the final day on May 12th.
These two sides have been a class apart this season and, with the ownership of top spot changing with each week that passes, it means that trying to pick who will be crowned champions is almost an impossible task.
That’s not to say that fans haven’t been bold enough to pick a winner and this has been reflected in the current Premier League betting. A look at the outright market has bet365 pricing Manchester City as favourites at 4/9 and Liverpool not far behind at 7/4.
Pep Guardiola’s men are in the hunt for an unprecedented quadruple and, although they won the Carabao Cup back in February, it could well be that their hunt to win all before them is the thing that ultimately trips them up.
The defending Premier League champions certainly have the squad to go on and compete on all fronts but football has a habit of throwing up strange outcomes and you never know if there is a nasty surprise lurking around the corner for City.
If that proves to be the case and they subsequently drop points, Liverpool will more than ready to take full advantage and, after clearing the hurdle that Tottenham posed at the end of March, they arguably have the favourable set of fixtures between now and the end of the season.
When you consider that there is still the second Manchester derby of the Premier League schedule to be played at Old Trafford, it might be that the team that acts as the nemesis to both Liverpool and City is then the one that decides the destination of the trophy.
United will have an awkward decision as to who they want to then gift the silverware to: the club that they contest local bragging rights with or the club that is arguably their bigger and more historical rival.
Whichever way it unfolds, there is certainly going to be a huge amount of drama along the way and Zimbabwean fans will be just gripped as anyone else. They may be a million miles away from the Etihad or Anfield but try telling them the Premier League title race doesn’t matter any less; to them it means everything.