With 2014 now upon us, this seasons' title race looks as if it's going to be the tightest one yet. As there are just six points between the top four teams in the division, it's anyone's guess as to who can reach the summit by May.
So far, it has been popular opinion that Manchester City are favourites to go on and win the league. Despite their questionable away form at the beginning of the season, their form at the Etihad Stadium has been scintillating.
Every time they attack the opposition, they threaten to score and they have goals all over the pitch. Although their most prominent source has been Sergio Aguero, strike partner Alvaro Negredo has been performing consistently.
Not forgetting of course the goalscoring threat that is posed by Yaya Toure, who yesterday became the first City midfielder to reach double figures in a season.
Like any team, they've had their problems during the season - most notably the shaky form of Joe Hart and the more recent injury to talisman Aguero. But City have risen above these difficulties to produce some of the finest football showcased by any team in the league. It is clear to see why many have tipped them as favourites.
However, they are not short of competition. At the moment, that competition is coming from Arsenal. They have without doubt been the most consistent team in the league so far. This is no small part down to the fabulous signing of Mesut Ӧzil.
The German maestro seems to be the missing link that Arsenal needed to make them genuine title contenders. Along with the drastic improvement of Aaron Ramsey, Arsenal have looked a different team this year. Though they've always played quality football, they have now become consistent and after many months at the Premier League summit, maybe they deserve to be considered favourites for the title.
As it's been so long since Arsenal won the league, there is always the feeling that they'll enter a slump that'll cost them the league. But if the Gunners can remain consistent and sign some help for Olivier Giroud in this month's transfer window, the title will be theirs.
Third in the league are Chelsea. The return of Jose Mourinho to Stamford Bridge hasn't always gone the way the fans expected it - the on-and-off form of the front men and the frequent exclusion of Juan Mata from the starting XI have underlined this. But just two points adrift of top spot, the Blues are still serious contenders having not even hit peak form.
However, their impressive win against Southampton at St. Mary's on Wednesday is perhaps a sign that they're hitting form at just the right time. Eden Hazard looked dangerous as he has done all season and Fernando Torres, though not always clinical, looked razor sharp.
These two players could decide whether Chelsea are lifting the trophy in May. Hazard is creating chances and scoring goals every game and looks like a potential match-winner every time. As for Torres, if he can make 2014 his year, then Chelsea should be considered favourites as he will give them the full package.
They say form is temporary and class is permanent, after all.
Although they aren't being given much chance as winners of the league, Liverpool deserve a mention. Of course when you speak of Liverpool, you can't avoid mentioning Luis Suarez.
Love him or hate him, he has been the league's best player so far this season. Without Robin van Persie's goals last year, United wouldn't have won the title. If Liverpool have ambitions to win the league this year, it will be down to the form of Suarez as without him they're a different team.
The Reds are keeping pace with the other three contenders and with Steven Gerrard just returning from injury and Daniel Sturridge still yet to return, Liverpool could well be there or thereabouts come May.
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