Unless we’re talking about an entirely different Premier League, it’s way too early for “a title race.” The league has not even reached the half-way mark.
Just yesterday, some MatchDay 16 games were played. One of them featured a Stamford Bridge win against the Centurions. Another featured Arsenal’s continued unbeaten run (21 games now). Somewhere else, Romelu Lukaku resumed scoring (after 997 minutes) and Spurs spurred into third place.
You see, there’s Champions League football this week. And all top six teams in the league have played. As it stands now,
- Liverpool (42 points)
- Manchester City (41 points)
- Tottenham (36 points)
- Chelsea (34 points)
- Arsenal (34 points)
- Manchester United (26 points)
Only one team now remains unbeaten in the league. Jurgen Klopp’s side, with the best defense, leads with one point. Since the season began, they looked like Manchester City’s major rival for the title. And as the season progressed, Liverpool looked like the only real contenders capable of keeping up.
But only 5 points separates the reigning champions and third-place Tottenham. The Manchester Blues are only 7 points away from an Arsenal that is in red-hot form.
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It’s all mathematics. And those numbers depend heavily on what happens in the nearest future.
Nearest future means the next weekend. Nearest future means what the league table looks like at the end of the year. Nearest future means which team is able to survive the hectic Christmas/New Year schedule with the least injuries, the most goals scored and the least conceded.
Considering all of these, maybe it’s not too early after all, to start talking about the title race.
For Liverpool, how badly they want it will be tested before the year even ends. Their next game is against Manchester United. And on MatchDay 20, they face Arsenal. Yes, same Arsenal that has somewhat refused to lose.
The Reds went the whole of last season without losing a game at home.
And they have continued this season.
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Manchester City, for the time being, is now chasing the top spot. It’s the main reason why it’s a marathon and not a sprint. Part of a marathon is that overtaking is very much allowed. And from the look of things – their fine form too – Unai Emery’s Arsenal is looking to throw a spanner in the works.
Top four will be keenly contested. The title will be far more keenly contested this season. Only one team can reign supreme. But before that happens, fans should get ready for a whole lot of mathematics and calculations.
That’s the reason why it’s the Premier League and one of the many reasons why we’re in love with the league.