As we approach the dense fixture list of the festive period, the Premier League table has finally begun to take shape.
This time last year, City had already appeared as runaway favourites for the title, having garnered comparisons to Arsenal’s famous ‘Invincibles’ side.
This season, however, competition is far tighter.
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool have been firing on all cylinders and currently sit atop the league standings, with just a point separating them with Manchester City in second.
City’s recent 2-1 slip-up against Chelsea allowed Mohamed Salah and co. to remain the only undefeated team so far this season.
However, with just six points separating the top five, the league title is still very much up for grabs.
Pundits and journalists have already started giving their predictions on how the league table will look come the end of the season.
The latest of which is former Liverpool and Manchester United midfielder, Paul Ince.
When speaking to the Mirror, Ince revealed his picks for who will finish in the top four – and it’s not good news for Chelsea and Manchester United fans.
He said: “It’s a tough one because everyone would say City.
“I’m going to say City because even against Chelsea they were so dominant in the first half. They’ve got no Aguero and no De Bruyne at the moment and yet they’re still dominating teams.
“So, I think City will do it and Liverpool in second. Then I think Tottenham and Arsenal.”
Given Manchester United’s woeful campaign so far, it’s understandable to see them absent from Ince’s picks.
However, the 51-year-old’s decision to leave Chelsea out of the running may be the most controversial of all.
He continued: “I don’t think Chelsea score enough goals. They’re so reliant on Hazard and he’s gone off the boil a little bit.
“Giroud doesn’t score enough goals for me and Morata is a bit of a sulker. He doesn’t really run around, doesn’t want to move. They do lack goals.”
Unsurprisingly, Hazard is currently Chelsea’s top scorer in the league with seven goals, three behind golden boot front-runner, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
However, Hazard’s influence on Chelsea can also be seen in his creative contributions. The Belgian currently sits as leading assist-maker in the league with eight.
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