For a number of years now, the upper deck of the Premier League table has been far too predictable, with the competition for Champions League spots contested by the same old teams year on year.
A gap starts to appear between the handful of title contenders and the rest of the league, with the chance of winning the league for any team sitting lower than 6th usually over by the Christmas period.
However, with 10 games already played this season, the picture looks somewhat different with the race for the Premier League title involving a wider range of runners.
Results willing this weekend, the top eight teams could be separated by only five points going into the November international break, leaving the quest for Premier League glory wide open.
Arsenal travel to Old Trafford on Sunday, in a game that could either make or break United’s season, as the prospect of trailing the Gunners by 11 points could leave their title hopes in tatters.
On the other hand, a win over Arsene Wenger’s league leaders will propel them to within five points of the north London club and keep the Manchester outfit within reachable distance of the league summit.
Chelsea and Liverpool have winnable home games against West Bromwich Albion and Fulham respectively, with both clubs able to close the gap on the leaders to two points before their ‘Super Sunday’ clash with United.
Tottenham play in Sunday’s early kick off as they welcome Newcastle United to White Hart Lane, knowing a win can equally elevate them to within a couple of points of their bitter rivals.
Then come a trio of teams sat on 19 points, with Manchester City paying Sunderland a visit, Everton travelling to rock-bottom Crystal Palace and this season’s surprise package Southampton welcoming Hull City to the south coast.
The Saints’ addition to the top end of England’s elite league has been a breathe of fresh air, as the Hampshire club have punched above their weight and kept up with the usual teams expected to be in and around the top four.
Manchester United sit in 8th position after a stuttering start to David Moyes’ reign in charge, however his United team can set the title race on fire this weekend and drag their London opponent’s into a competitive scrap for league dominance.
With all that in mind, this season’s Premier League title race promises to be a thrilling affair and with the international break only around the corner, the top eight teams will hope they can stay within touching distance of their Premier League dreams.
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