With just over one third of the season gone, most pundits are still unsure who their title favourites are.
The only team showing a level of consistency associated with a league winning side is Arsenal - who ironically have been one of the most inconsistent teams of the past eight years.
At present, I think Manchester City and Chelsea are the teams most likely to win the league. Why? Because of their home form. Yesterday, Chelsea came from a goal down to beat Southampton 2-1 at Stamford Bridge - despite Southampton’s early goal from Jay Rodriquez, their was an expectancy that Jose Mourinho’s men would claw their way back into the game.
The fact that Mourinho has never lost a Premier League game at home bodes well for the Blues - and if that record is still intact come the end of the season they have an excellent chance.
Similarly, Manchester City has been unbeatable at home this season, but unlike Chelsea, they have been winning their home games in the style of champions - scoring goals for fun at times against quality opposition. City have conceded just two goals at home this season, having scored 29, but they have won just one of six games away from the Etihad.
During the week Steven Gerrard played down Liverpool’s title challenge and the Reds slipped up against Hull on Sunday. Despite their excellent start to the season, I think we will see Liverpool drop out of the top four over the course of the season - they simply don’t have the depth in their squad to rival the other top clubs.
You can never rule out Manchester United, particularly before Christmas, but the Red Devils' form, both home and away, has not been consistent enough. I think we will learn a lot about United in the next few days with home games against in-form Everton and Newcastle United to come.
Wayne Rooney has been carrying United on his own at times this season, and David Moyes will be hoping some of his other stars such as Luis Nani and Shinji Kagawa can make a telling impact.
For Arsenal, they have a difficult Christmas period coming up with games against Everton, Manchester City and Chelsea.
Some pundits believe the Gunners will go into those games with nothing to lose with a four point lead at the top – but it’s impossible for the Arsenal players not to feel some kind of pressure going into those games, knowing-well what is at stake.
If the Gunners can come through their period and retain their place at the top of the league they have a chance. If not, I fear it will be another frustrating year for Arsene Wenger’s men.
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