With Christmas fast approaching it’s looking like the Premier League title is already a two-horse race.
Manchester City lead the way after 15 games, two points ahead of Liverpool with Tottenham Hotspur a further six points adrift.
Chelsea and Arsenal are two points behind Spurs, but it’s difficult to imagine the London trio closing the gap on the top two as the season progresses. Read on as we predict where each team will finish.
City are simply too good
Pep Guardiola’s side have smashed 45 goals in 15 games this season and they are strongly fancied to keep on rolling this term.
There will be many fans who visit bookmakers where cash out is available already sitting on a decent winning return on City to win the title, but they should sit things out and see it through to the end.
City are due to face Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium on January 3 and a victory there would give them a handy points cushion for the rest of the season.
Improving Liverpool not there yet
Liverpool have pushed City hard during the first few months of the campaign, although they have been functional rather than spectacular.
Alisson has made a big difference in goal, while Virgil van Dijk has shored up a leaky defence, but the Reds’ midfield lacks the depth of quality available to Guardiola.
With Mohamed Salah failing to match last season’s form, Liverpool look set to finish in second place at best.
Tottenham still too ‘Spursy’
Tottenham appear to have worked out how to consistently beat the lower teams, but their record against the top sides remains a cause for concern.
Of their four defeats this season, three have come against Liverpool, City and Arsenal and they must improve on that if they’re to be classed as serious title contenders.
Spurs are capable of finishing in the top four, but whether their squad is strong enough to hold off Chelsea and Arsenal is open to debate.
Chelsea can recover from wobble
Maurizio Sarri’s side made a strong start to the season, but two defeats in their last three games have seen the wheels fall off a little.
Sarri’s insistence on playing midfielder N’Golo Kante further forward is an experiment that hasn’t worked and needs to be ditched, but the Blues can bounce back from their mini-wobble.
The addition of another striker during the transfer window would also strengthen Chelsea’s top four claims.
Arsenal gunning for London rivals
With City and Liverpool looking set to battle for the title, Arsenal are in a three-way fight with their two London rivals to claim a Champions League qualification place.
The Gunners are much-improved under manager Unai Emery and they were hugely impressive in their recent victory over Spurs.
It would not be a surprise to see them finish above Mauricio Pochettino’s side this season.
Top five prediction: Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Spurs.
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