It is without doubt, the most exciting and enthralling Premier League title race in recent memory. With just 7 points separating the top spot and fifth place, anyone of five teams could realistically go on a run and snatch the title come this May.
What makes matters even more interesting is that the top five teams doesn’t include Manchester United. With last season’s champions sitting in an unfamiliar 7th place and 15 points off the leaders, it has to be stated that United’s title defence is already over with 12 games left to play.
With the Sir Alex Ferguson era now a distant memory, it is becoming more and more apparent just how influential and instrumental the Scot was in motivating, organising and driving the Manchester giants to title after title, year after year, now that we see his successor, David Moyes struggling to have the same effect with primarily the same group of players.
Home form has been a major stumbling block and with injuries added to his problems, Moyes is running out of excuses why his team seem to have lost the fear factor and the ability to find that all important goal just when it is needed.
Recent poor defeats and frustrating draws to their nearest rivals only adds to the pressure that Manchester United could realistically miss out on Champions League football next season which to some is unthinkable. Whether Moyes manages to pull off an amazing turn around or continues to languish in mid-table is yet to be seen however, on recent evidence, even the most ardent United fans are beginning to agree that their team simply doesn’t have the same fire in their bellies of seasons gone by.
Has the Manchester power shift taken place?
Across the city, fans of the sky blues will be rejoicing at the evident change in fortunes that is occurring in Manchester. With Ferguson gone, Manchester City have not let the opportunity to pass them by and have invested heavily in world class talent that has delivered a team that has goals all across the park.
Pellegrini’s team may have just got humbled by Barcelona in the Champions League last 16, albeit to some dubious officiating, but the signs are clearly there that the sky blues are an emerging force in world football and fans of the red devils must be concerned whether their twenty years of dominance are about to come to a tragic end.
It’s early days but as we say, watch this space as it is about to get very interesting.
Is it now a league of two divisions?
The action and excitement is not just at the top of the table. Arguably, the Premier League has now split into two segments.
At the top, most teams are in touching distance with the title chasers and European dreamers all able to take points off each other whoever they play.
But then look at 10th place and below and you see another picture emerging. There’s a clear gap between 10th and 9th however looking below that, only 4 points separates 10th place and the relegation zone.
It seems insane to suggest but arguably, we could be realistically looking at a 10 team relegation battle! With Fulham now well and truly hitting the panic button by sacking yet another manager mid season, they sit right at the foot of the table with a mountain to climb acheter viagra andorre.
Cardiff who have also changed manager, do not seem to have had any change in fortunes whilst Sunderland could do the impossible and escape their fate by continuing their impressive recent form.
All that we know is that there’s a whole host of teams looking over their shoulders, with serious concerns that this could be the season that they take the unfortunate drop into the Championship.
So with just over two months left of this incredible football season, we suggest you see how it all unfolds for the run in on BBC, Sky Sports and BT Sport. It’s going to be a bumpy ride!
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