Why Manchester City are still favorites to clinch the title

Connect in the back of the net

Manchester City restored their eight point lead on top of the Premier League table with a hard earned 2-1 win Huddersfield Town on Sunday afternoon.

Pep Guardiola’s charges suffered early jitters when Nicolas Otamendi inadvertently drove the ball into his own net to gift the hosts the lead right at the stroke of half time.

The Terriers however couldn’t sustain the lead for long, as they conceded a penalty soon after the interval; one which Sergio Aguero calmly converted to draw City level.

The hosts henceforth found themselves on the back foot as the league leaders launched continuous waves of attacks in search for the winner; their efforts coming to fruition in the 84th minute through a Raheem Sterling strike.

 

Catch me if you can

The ball was without question on City’s court after Manchester United salvaged a 1-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday, narrowing the gap to five points.

The Citizens however showed just how much grown a side they are under Guardiola by emerging with all three points after a stern test at the John Smith’s stadium.

The win over Huddersfield was their eleventh successive victory in the Premier League since drawing against Everton in August, equaling their club record set two years ago under Manuel Pellegrini.

In a division as unpredictable as the Premier League, having a sustained eight-point lead after 13 games is no ordinary feat.

 

Victorious against title opponents

The true zest of a title contender is tested when they go head-to-head against perceived title challengers.

Manchester City have thus far added to their credentials as most deserving of the Premier League crown with massive wins against Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea.

Be that as it may, their true mettle will be tested during the clustered December round of fixtures with a trip to Old Trafford and a home game against Tottenham Hotspur.

 

Written by Brian Humphrey

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