The Title Race: The Four Contenders.

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The Premier League title race is the most open for years, with four teams still in with a real chance of claiming the title. Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool are all right in the title race with only a few points separating the contenders. All of them believe that they can come out on top of what is shaping up to be one of the hardest fought title races in Premier League history. Here’s my analysis of the title contenders and their key men.

Manchester City

Man City must be the favourites to win it this year as they have the strongest and most talented squad in the league. They have three games in hand on the leaders Chelsea, which if they win all of will catapult them up to first place. Man City have struggled slightly defensively this year, with Martin Demichelis looking a real weak link in their back four. However, their fire power has more than made up for this as they have smashed in countless amounts of goals all season. Being almost unbeatable at home helps their cause too, however the same could be said about Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool. They brushed aside Hull last weekend despite going down to ten men, showing their determination to win the title this year.

Key man Yaya Toure

City’s midfield powerhouse will be key to their title challenge in the coming weeks. He had racked up 13 goals from midfield so far this season, showing him to be one of the best midfielder’s in the division. Equally important to City’s charge will be Sergio Aguero, as if they can get him fit he has the ability to fire them to glory.

Arsenal

Arsenal’s huge win against rivals Tottenham this weekend fired them right back into the title race. Their challenge had been fading in recent weeks but a big win last weekend means they are right back in the thick of it. Arsenal’s side looks to be a different animal to previous seasons with more fight, hunger and spirit in the squad. For the first time in many years the back four can now be relied upon too, with the central defensive partnership of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny being the cornerstone to Arsenal much improved season this time out. Lack of depth upfront is the real worry though, with Arsenal’s midfield craving a world class striker that they just don’t have. Arsenal have been the experts of brushing aside the ‘lesser’ teams this season; however, have struggled against the bigger sides with heavy defeats against title rivals Man City and Liverpool putting their title credentials into question.

Key man Colin Lewin (Physio)

Arsenal have had horrendous luck with injuries this season, having the highest number of injuries compared to any other club in the Premier League. If the medical department can keep the players fit, whilst also getting key players such as Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere back in time to play a big part in the title race, Arsenal have every chance of coming out victorious at the end of the season.

Chelsea

Chelsea under Jose Mourinho look a real force. Mourinho, whether you love him or hate him, is one of the top managers in the world. His tactical guile, clever mind games and outrageous statements mean that the media’s attention is all on him, meaning any criticism towards his players is deflected. The prime example of this of course being his comments about Chelsea being the ‘little horse’ in the title race, taking all the pressure of his players. The money the club spends on players means that the squad is huge and can really challenge at the top. However, the damaging defeat against Aston Villa last weekend throws their title credentials slightly into doubt, whilst the lack of fire power upfront is a real worry for Mourinho’s men.

Key man– Eden Hazard

The 23 year old wide man has had an outstanding season thus far notching up 13 goals and 7 assists. If he can continue his form, Chelsea have a real chance of lifting the Premier League trophy with him creating and putting away chances week in week out.

Liverpool

Any team with the world class forward partnership of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge have a real chance of claiming the Premier League crown. The ‘SAS’ have notched up a mesmerising 43 Premier League goals between them so far, with no indication of them slowing down their form. With Captain Steven Gerrard anchoring the midfield, spraying passes all over the place from his new deeper position, Liverpool have a real chance this year. Their lack of European cup commitments this season has left them with a lot of time to recover whilst rivals have been dealing with gruelling schedules, meaning that their small squad hasn’t been exposed at all so far. A win against Man United at Old Trafford last weekend will only add to their belief that they can go all the way. However, Liverpool’s real weakness appears to be at the back, as they are prone to leaking goals. but with the ‘SAS’ upfront this isn’t an issue as they can outscore most teams.

Key man Luis Suarez

Suarez has been sensational this season scoring 25 goals and picking up 10 assists too. His partnership with Sturridge has been the stuff of dreams for Liverpool fans, who will be delighted they managed to hold on to Suarez last summer, a player who is capable of firing them to the title.

So who will win it?

The title race is really spicing up in a fight that promises to provide one of the tightest and greatest finishes in Premier League history. This season is truly remarkable as I can’t remember the last time four teams were still in with a real chance of winning the title at this late stage of the season.

For me, Man City should come out victorious as long as they capitalise on their games in hand and get Aguero fit and firing. They ultimately have the strongest and most talented squad to pick up points in the critical latter stages of the season as well.

What is for sure is that there will be plenty of twists and turns to come in another exciting Premier League season finale.

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Make sure to leave a comment and let me know who you think (or hope!) will win the title and why, plus feel free to answer the poll below.

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19 thoughts on “The Title Race: The Four Contenders.

  1. jdsentertainment

    Nice comparison, I can’t help but feel Liverpool are the favourites now. Arsenal still have to play City and Chelsea, and both City and Chelsea need to go to Anfield and get a result. The pressure is all on them as Liverpool have come from no where to be in this position. The owness is now on Mourinho and Pellegrini to go to Anfield and pick up points. If Liverpool fail, it will still be the season they got back into the Champions League. And with Suarez, they have the best player in the Premier League right now, in my opinion.

    • Liverpool are the dark horses in the race, if they carry on playing as well as they are with the ‘SAS’ firing on all fronts there is no reason why they can’t go all the way with, as you say, absolutely no pressure on them to win it. If Man City can capitalise on their games in hand they will go top, surely make them the favourites.

  2. United! No, that’s a joke, before you brand me as an idiot. I think it’s got to be a toss up between Man City and Liverpool. I feel like Chelsea are just waiting to slip up somewhere. And you can never SERIOUSLY say out loud that Arsenal will win something (Even the FA Cup); hope is a dangerous thing. I love that Arsenal’s key man is Colin Lewin, that’s funny.

    • Both City and Liverpool are very strong this year. I still think Chelsea will be right up there and you never know, Arsenal could surprise everyone ( provided their key man Colin Lewin does his job of course 😉 )

  3. I’m hoping Chelsea will win a cup, if they are not going to win Premier League then I want Arsenal to win it. Arsenal are a great team and they deserve a trophy to prove it.

  4. whisperingwhippersnapper

    Lol…Colin Lewin. Poor guy gets blamed every season, injuries were key etc. etc.

    At the moment based on fixtures and form – Have to go with Liverpool. They beat Man City at Anfield, the title should be theirs bar a minor miracle

    • Injuries have been key for Arsenal this season though, it’s a shame.

      If Sturridge and Suarez keep scoring and they tighten up at the back, I see no reason why Liverpool couldn’t win it, however you can’t look past Man City or Chelsea.

      • whisperingwhippersnapper

        We’ve had a problem with players leaving, poor defensive displays, and injuries in the past…

        …We’ve nailed down contracts of important first-team players and ‘almost’ sorted out the defensive issues

        We sort out the injury thing and I reckon we’ll be champions next year

      • whisperingwhippersnapper

        We had three main problems to sort out going into this season – vital players leaving, defensive instability and injuries

        we’ve sewn up a bunch of vital contracts and to a large extent (not entirely) sorted out the defense

        We figure out the injury situation and I reckon we’ll be champions next year

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