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Premier League: Title contender analysis

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Out of the teams that finished in the top four last season, three had managerial changes at the end of campaign.

Jose Mourinho went back to Chelsea, Manuel Pellegrini was given the job at Manchester City after the sacking of Roberto Mancini, while Sir Alex hand-picked David Moyes for the hot seat at Manchester United.

While Arsenal, Liverpool and Spurs resumed their campaign with no changes at helm, and currently sit on top of the table respectively.

United opened their title defence in style but soon gave to the pressure from rivals after defeats to Liverpool and humiliation against City - they come good in one game and then disappoint in the other.

Manchester City started the season as one of the favourites after adding a host of talent to the squad, however they suffered a shock defeat in their opener to the newly promoted Cardiff. They won the Manchester derby after dominating the match but again went down to an Aston Villa fight-back showing that they are not yet the real deal. 

Chelsea looked the early favourites for title success after summer signings and welcoming back ‘The Special One’. They beat Hull City and Aston Villa in the opening games but played a stalemate at Old Trafford and lost the next one to Everton. They won the London derby against Fulham but drew the next at Spurs. There's certainly more room for improvement under Mourinho. 

Liverpool were the best side in the league at the start of the season, they looked good in the attack with Sturridge and Coutinho combined well before injury to the Brazilian but have been boosted by the return of Suarez.

Arsenal and Spurs have gone from strength-to-strength and occupy the top two positions in the league. Spurs have impressed in a new look team after the departure of Gareth Bale and finally look good enough to step-into the top four after dominating against a strong Chelsea side.

Arsenal have injected spark in their midfield by the acquisition of Mesut Ozil - the German star has hit the ground running and has given the Gunners the much needed quality with his pin-point passes.

With as many as six teams competing for the title this season and no one dominating the proceeding exceptionally, the season looks full of surprises ahead.

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