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Chelsea & City will pull away from Arsenal in the title race

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With four months to go, the Premier League title race is slowly narrowing down.

Many considered six teams to be in the running as we began, though two teams were all-but eliminated very prematurely.

Andre Villas Boas' stuttering Spurs side suffered heavy defeats at home to West Ham and Liverpool in late 2013, as well as a drubbing at the hands of Manchester City, which eventually saw the Portuguese head coach shown the door by Daniel Levy.

As for David Moyes and his infamous Manchester United nightmare, the league table paints a pretty good picture; they sit 14 points off the top in seventh place.

It was Liverpool who were dubbed as the dark horses in the race for the title, as Brendan Rodgers and his side enjoyed a positive start to the season. This good form was rattled though, with back to back defeats at the Etihad and Stamford Bridge at Christmas leaving them eight points off the top.

The Reds' will have now altered to a slightly more realistic target for the season, as the race for Champions League places will go right to the finish.

Ultimately, three are now left.

Arsenal sit top of the table on 51 points, one clear of Manchester City and two clear of Jose Mourinho's Chelsea. 

After a terrible start to their Premier League campaign at home against Aston Villa, surely no Arsenal fan would have predicted to be top in January, and they will be delighted with how things are going.

With a squad deemed inferior to the likes of City and Chelsea as well, the Gunners have had one of their best seasons for a while.

For me though, this lack of depth in their squad means Wenger will have to pull his finger out in the transfer window to keep up with Manuel Pellegrini and Mourinho. Games will come around thick and fast as we approach the business end of the season and I feel City and Chelsea's superior squads will see them break off into a two horse race, unless one or two major signings are made. 

Don't get me wrong, they have a top squad. The capture of Mezut Ozil has made a big difference and Aaron Ramsey's eye-catching form in particular has been a joy to behold.

Yet, Manchester City and Chelsea are the two I think will go right to the wire.

The return of Jose Mourinho was always going to be a huge boost for Chelsea in their quest to end their three year title drought.

But it was an inconsistent start for them, slipping to defeats at Everton, Newcastle and Stoke, with a defence to couldn't stop leaking goals, something which can be classed as uncharacteristic in Mourinho's teams.

However, since a 2-1 defeat in the League Cup at the hands of Sunderland, there has been a significant change, as the Blues have conceded just two goals in their last seven games, which has also resulted in six wins and no defeats.

The frightening part for Chelsea's title rivals is the fact that they do not appear to have hit top gear yet, despite remaining just one point from a Manchester City side that have already notched up 100 goals this season.

This City side are considered the favourites by many, and in particular by title rival Jose Mourinho himself. 

Mind games? It may be so. An attempt by Mourinho to increase the pressure on his well publicised foe Pellegrini maybe. 

Regardless, City's swash-buckling style and goalscoring gluts have lit up the division so far. The only issue Pellegrini and his side obtained was their disheartening performances away from home, which they appear to have rectified. They will be extremely tough to topple.

Mourinho and Pellegrini will go the distance, and if he claims victory, it will surely be considered as one of the Special One's finest moments.

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