Few Premier League seasons have ever been as competitive as this one. As things stand at the table right now, only ten points separate first-place Man City and fourth-place Liverpool.
For reference, at the same time last year, the gap between these two spots was 25 points.

The title race is one for the ages, with six clubs spending time at the top throughout the season.

Even with Man City’s recent 15 matches unbeaten run in all competitions, things remain tight at the top.


The title race is going to come down to the wire.

Let’s look at some of the clubs that are very much in play for the Premier League crown.


Man City

Photo: Liverpool FC

Last season’s runner-up is far and away the favorite to win the title this year. Pep Guardiola has his side firing on all cylinders, winning 10 straight league matches en route to first place in the table. City punctuated their incredible run of form with a dominant 4-1 victory over Liverpool on Sunday, a statement win over the defending champions that show they are here for the crown. At the center of City’s success is German MF İlkay Gündoğan, who has transformed himself from a rotation piece to a goal-scoring machine.

Gundogan netted two against Liverpool to add to his total of 12 goals this season in the league. However, Man City’s work isn’t done just yet. Their bitter rivals Man United only trail the top spot by five points, and with the two clubs playing each other in about a month, the title is far from secure. Liverpool isn’t out of the race yet, either.

Man City is in a good position to secure their third title in four years, but they will certainly have to work hard to get it.


Man United

The closest in the table to Man City is Man United. United have had an up and down season, and it’s become quite difficult to figure this team out. There’s no doubt they are one of the most talented sides on paper in the EPL, but the Red Devils have struggled to string quality wins together. Losses to Sheffield United and Arsenal don’t exactly help their title aspirations. Nonetheless, United is firmly in the hunt, just five points back at the moment.

As mentioned earlier, they still have to play against City for a second time, which means they still control their own destiny. Their next two matches are against West Brom and Newcastle. If United can take care of business over the next two weeks, there’s no reason not to count Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men as title contenders.


Liverpool

Some may be surprised by Liverpool’s inclusion in this article. After all, they just got crushed by Man City and have looked completely out of form over the past month. However, even with everything going against them at the moment, never count out Jurgen Klopp. We know the guy is a tactical magician. If any manager can turn a struggling club around, it’s him. While this may be his greatest challenge yet at Liverpool, he has time on his side.

Liverpool has 15 matches to go in the league and are 10 points back of City. I talked about Liverpool’s struggles in my article last week, and the bottom line is their defense to be better. The goals will come, so if the defense can improve, there’s a small window of opportunity for the Reds. Maybe I’m too much of a believer in Klopp, but this has been a season of pure madness. An epic Liverpool comeback would be a fitting end to a wild campaign.


The Long Shots: Leicester, Chelsea, and West Ham

Yeah, it’s highly, highly unlikely any of these clubs win the title this season. The top 4 should really be the goal for them right now. Leicester and West Ham would be exceeding expectations by finishing in a Champions League spot, while Chelsea has already had a disappointing year, to say the least.

The only reason why I’d say these clubs have a minuscule chance at the title is if Man City has some sort of injury disaster like Liverpool endured early in the season. Hopefully, that doesn’t happen, but there are enough matches left where a team like Chelsea could go on an unbeaten run and enter the title race.


To be clear, this is Man City’s race to lose.


They are the massive favorites to win the title, and with the way they’ve been playing recently, there’s no reason to think any other club will pose a serious threat.


The season is far from complete.
Man City can’t be complacent in their upcoming matches because the rest of the squads listed in this article will be ready to chase them down.

Featured Image: Liverpool FC
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