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Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling runs with the ball during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur on April 20, 2019. Raheem Sterling was voted player of the year by soccer writers for his impact on Manchester City’s bid for a domestic treble as well as his influential stance against racism in the game.
Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling runs with the ball during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur on April 20, 2019. Raheem Sterling was voted player of the year by soccer writers for his impact on Manchester City’s bid for a domestic treble as well as his influential stance against racism in the game.|Rui Vieira | Associated Press
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Soccer Sunday: Miller picks Brighton v Manchester City, Liverpool v Wolverhampton, Ajax v FC Utrecht, and AS Alkmaar v PSV Eindhoven

The rise of England has happened again

Sean Miller

Sean Miller

While there are still three massive games left for English teams, Sunday marks the end of the Premier League campaign for 2018-19.

No matter what happens, there will be records broken that may not ever happen again in this league. With a won one Brighton & Hove Albion, Manchester City will become the first team since Manchester United in 2007-08/ 08-09 to repeat as champions. That United team won three straight titles (07, 08, 09) and went to two UEFA Champions League finals in a row, winning the 2008 title over Chelsea, in the first all-English final. At the time, it was the pinnacle of English football.

After years of Spanish dominance, the rise of England has happened again. The Premier League has all four European finalists, a first for UEFA. Winning the league title should be tougher than ever, with the depth of talent that runs thought the competition.

For the two teams battling it out for the title, that has been the case. Liverpool has just one loss in 37 games, to Manchester City in January. While many will point to that match, it is the seven draws that are going to prove costly if Manchester City wins today.

If both Liverpool and Manchester City win today, City will win the title by a single point, 98 to 97. The Cityzens will break the record for points in two seasons, with 198, and wins, with 64.

After last week’s scare, expect City to take care of business today on the South coast.

ENGLAND PREMIER LEAGUE

Brighton (+1300) vs. Manchester City (-450), draw (+550), 10 a.m. (NBC Sports and Fubo.tv)
THE PICKS:

Manchester City ML (-450)
Manchester City -1 first half (+230)
Manchester City -1 (-160)
Manchester City -2 (+160)

Liverpool (-333) vs, Wolverhampton (+900), draw (+425), 10 a.m. (NBC and Fubo.tv)
THE PICKS:

Liverpool ML (-333)
Liverpool -1 (-110)

NETHERLANDS EREDIVISIE

Ajax (-650) vs. FC Utrecht (+1500), draw (+700), 8:30 a.m. (ESPN+)
THE PICKS:

Ajax -1 first half (+155)
Ajax -1.5 (-130)
Ajax 3+ goals (-170)

AS Alkmaar (+250) vs. PSV Eindhoven (-105)< draw (+290), 8:30 a.m. (ESPN+)
THE PICK:
PSV (-105)

PORTUGAL PRIMEIRA LEAGUE

Rio Ave (+900) vs. Benfica (-350), draw (+450), 3 p.m. (GOL TV and Fubo.tv)
THE PICKS:
Benfica half time/full time (-120)
Benfica -1 (-130)
Parlay, Benfica -1 (-130), Liverpool ML (-333), Manchester City ML (-450) , Ajax ML (-650), pays (+218)