This season’s Premier League title race promises to be one of the most keenly contested ones in the two decade plus history of the league.
Chelsea’s surprise loss to Aston Villa last weekend has really thrown the league open, as the table below shows you.
The Blues lead the table, but both Arsenal and Liverpool are only four points behind them and have a game in hand. City are six points behind but have three games in hand.
The pundits’ favourites for the title are obviously Chelsea and Man City, both teams who possess the squad depth required to win the trophy this season. City are probably the stronger side on paper, especially if Sergio Aguero is fully fit and running, but you can’t discount the experience of Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, with the Special One “having been there, done that”.
Liverpool are playing with real flair, but probably possess the least squad depth among the top four. But they do have the benefit of playing both Man City and Chelsea at home, and if they pick up six points against these two at Anfield, Brendan Rodgers’ squad may well be worth a long punt on the title. If you click here, you can see that punters like 888sport have the Reds at 3/1 to lift the title. Not bad odds at all!
Arsenal are not most people’s favourites to lift the title, given their lack of a trophy since 2005 and their tendency to bottle things at crucial moments, and the long odds at 13/1 reflect that. Their game against Chelsea this weekend at Stamford Bridge will be a crucial one, win there and those odds will be shortened considerably. They have Man City at home too, but most of their other games are against teams in the bottom half of the table.
As mentioned above, City still have away trips at Arsenal and Liverpool to come, but they also have an away game at Manchester United to come. The Red Devils are not in the hunt for the title, but they’ll definitely not let go of an opportunity to puncture their bitter rivals’ title hopes.
Liverpool and Man City only have the Premier League to focus on, while Chelsea are still in the Champions League. Arsenal are out of Europe, but are in the last four of the FA Cup.
There is also the small matter of goal difference, which could play a key role if the race really goes down to the wire. Liverpool and Man City are clearly ahead in this respect (at +41 and +44 respectively).
How do I see things ending?
Chelsea, Liverpool, Man City, Arsenal
Let’s see how things pan out at the end of May.