It’s 11 rounds of league games gone already, and the log is beginning to take shape as far as the title race goes.
It wouldn’t be totally surprising if the table come week 38 looks exactly similar to what we already have on ground at the moment.
Examining the current top 4 teams, which looks like the biggest title challenger? Here are some daring predictions.
The average YNWA follower won’t rejoice over a number 1 spot on the log until the last ball is kicked this season.
Liverpool have been here before, with Mourinho eventually ruining their best chances since EPL’s inception in 2013-14.
This term, things look different, with Klopp’s side brimming with more confidence every passing game.
Liverpool have now scored 30 league goals – 4 more than the closest team on the goal tally, and though they haven’t been particularly solid at the back having allowed 14 goals in – the most of the top 7 teams, they still look every inch the threat.
What makes it more interesting is that not a single primary centre forward scored any of those goals, and only Clyne hasn’t found the back of the net of all outfield starting XI players.
Everybody else can score, and Liverpool might just bank on their finishing abilities to bag the title. Will their defensive deficiencies come back to haunt them? Time will tell.
Title chances percentage: 70%
For the first time in history, the Blues have gone 5 games on the bounce without conceding a goal.
And they didn’t do it parking the bus.
16 goals have gone past Hull City, Leicester, Manchester United, Southampton and Everton. Class and style aren’t even the best words to describe how they accomplished this feat.
Middlesbrough, Tottenham, and Manchester City are next. Chelsea’s title chances will probably be hinged on how they fare against these sides, and going by recent indications, they would do just fine.
Conte has deployed the players under his care well enough to see them play to their strengths. And that seems to be doing the trick.
From Victor Moses playing as a wing-back, to Hazard enjoying freedom to roam, it’s been about getting the best out of his charges for the Italian. It’s working to perfection.
Doubt Chelsea’s title credentials at your own risk.
Title chances percentage: 60%
Guardiola will at one time or the other reclaim his lost spot on the log as the season goes on. That’s very certain. When he finally does, he might not let go of it.
Having stayed on top for 9 straight weeks, a draw at the death over the weekend saw City lose crucial 2 points.
It’s not the last draw they would play this term, and they won’t likely go unbeaten till week 38.
However, getting back on track and not losing focus is what Manchester City will master under the Catalan. If they do learn it well and quick, a 3rd EPL title could be in the offing.
Title chances percentage: 70%
That 4th-place finish sure stared at Arsenal once again at the end of matchday 11. For 16, straight seasons, the north London club has never finished outside top 4.
But they sure would like to better their results from the last 2 seasons when they finished in 2nd and 3rd place.
It’s going to be a tough season, and it’s 50-50 chance for Arsenal as far as winning the title or dropping to 5th at the end of it all is concerned.
We are probably going to see just 3 or 4 points separate the league winner and the 5th-placed team come May, and this is when an inconsistent side like Arsenal has to beware.
If there is a team capable of winning the title and failing to qualify for next season’s Champions League, it’s a Wenger-led Arsenal side.
Title chances percentage: 50%