Premier League title feels like a two horse race

Premier League title feels like a two horse race

With Manchester City's come from behind victory over Newcastle yesterday, the Premier League title race is beginning to feel like a two horse race once again....

For a short period of time yesterday, Liverpool had a five point cushion at the top of the league.  With Newcastle beating Manchester City, it looked like the Reds might have a clear path to the Title.  Fast forward an hour, and City had secured another victory, cutting our lead to just two points.  Given Newcastle's injuries and player fatigue, there was something of an inevitability about City coming back to win, but even so, for a brief moment, hopes grew that City might just be slipping up again....

Instead, there is a familiarity about the table, with Liverpool and City occupying the top two spots.  So is it time to start talking about a two horse race for the title, and if not, who can realistically challenge us and City?

Still tight at the top...

A quick glance at the table, shows that the top five teams are only seperated by six points.  On paper then, we are in for a great title fight, the likes of which we have not seen for many a year.  Arsenal and Tottenham have both had wobbles recently, but are still only two wins away from taking top spot, whilst Aston Villa have proven they can upset the bigger teams several times this season.  West Ham are eleven points off top spot in sixth, so the top five are the realistic contenders to lift the title in May.

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Will City or Liverpool lose a game....?

Despite the small number of points separating the teams at the top, the main problem facing Villa, Tottenham and Arsenal is simple - Liverpool and City rarely lose.  That means, all the other teams know they cannot afford to lose a single game.  That puts a lot of pressure on them, making each game feel like a cup final.  Can the other teams cope with that pressure?  Liverpool and City have players and managers who know what it takes to win, to deal with that pressure week in, week out.  The other teams do not.  That's why Arsenal crumbled last season, throwing away a 7 point lead.

Squad depth will be key

Liverpool have nine players missing at the moment - seven injured and two on international duty.  That's nearly a whole first team.  Yet they still find a way to win.  City have been without their two best players, Kevin De Bruyne and Erling Haaland, yet they find a way to win.  That's what the best teams do, and its a key reason why the other three teams will struggle to compete.  When Tottenham had major injuries troubles earlier in the season, they lost four games in a short period of time.  Although Arsenal have not had lots of injuries, they have struggled for form recently, with a lack of quality replacements available to refresh and revive the teams fortunes.

That's why, despite how close the table looks at the moment, I expect Liverpool and City to pull away in the coming weeks, with both teams finishing 7 points clear of the chasing pack the time May comes around.

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