The Premier League title race this season looks set to be one of the closest in recent seasons.
Typically teams that drop points regularly throughout the first half of the season would have a slim chance of claiming the top prize, but this unusual season means that there are a number of teams in contention to win the league this term. But, which side are best placed to top the most competitive league in world football?
Manchester City were written off at the end of November, as they were struggling to find form. However, since then, Pep Guardiola’s side have been in an excellent run of form and have moved to within touching distance of the top spot. Defensively they have improved massively this season, and the signing of Ruben Dias from Benfica has had the biggest impact on this.
John Stones has also returned to form, and has been an unlikely goal source for the club so far this term. City are currently two points behind Manchester United with a game in hand, and are primed to go top of the league over the coming weeks. However, staying there will be their biggest challenge.
What a difference a year makes. This time last year, Liverpool were running away with the title and looking invincible. However, this season the Reds have looked anything but that. Jurgen Klopp’s side have been faltering in front of goal, with the once-untouchable front three looking unsure in the final third. Their struggles in front of goal have been well-documented over recent weeks, as the Reds have gone three without a goal in the league for the first time since 2005.
Many questioned whether the Reds would be able to deal with the injuries to Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk, but their defensive record is decent. Few would have expected that scoring goals would have been their biggest issue, and that has led to Klopp claiming that the defending champions could have a fight on their hands to finish in the top-four.
It has been a long time since Manchester United have been considered title contenders, and some are still reluctant to admit that the Red Devils have a chance of winning the top prize this season. However, it’s hard to ignore United as no other side has picked up more points than them since Bruno Fernandes’ arrival last January.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have gone 12 unbeaten in the league, and are improving with every performance. It may still be a season too early for United, as they look light on the right-wing, but they are consistently picking up points so they can’t be ruled out.
Leicester City’s famous title win in the 2015-16 season remains the biggest underdog story in sporting history. Success this season wouldn’t be as surprising, but still unlikely. Brendan Rodgers has built an exciting team at the King Power Stadium, which is spearheaded by Jamie Vardy. The Englishman has already scored eleven goals this season, and James Maddison looks back to his best playing behind him.
However, Harvey Barnes’s emergence means that the Foxes now have something that they haven’t had since Riyad Mahrez, and that’s a goalscoring winger. Leicester would consider a Champions League finish as a success this season, but the title shouldn’t be ruled out if they can keep Vardy fit and maintain their momentum.
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