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A look at the Five Premier League Title Contenders

February 11, 2016

- Grant Whittington

We are now well past the halfway point of the Premier League season, and the Premier League is beginning to open up a little. Surprisingly Leicester sit in top, a whole five points clear of Tottenham who sit in second. Who would have thought it?

Both Arsenal and Manchester City sit within touching distance whilst Manchester United only need a couple of big wins to catapult themselves into that top four.

But who’s going to win it? Are those brave Leicester fans who punted on their side from the start going to earn a major payout? Or are City and Arsenal going to show their dominance and tame the Foxes?

Here is a breakdown of the five main contenders and their chances of winning the league…

Our Prediction: 1st

Arsenal

The Gunners sit in third place on goal difference with arch-rivals Spurs sitting just ahead in second, and Arsene Wenger’s men remain the narrow favourites to win the league with William Hill placing them at 2/1. They have showcased extra resilience in impressive victories against Manchester United (3-0) and Manchester City (2-1), while their squad is arguably the most experienced and varied in the league. Driven by considerable momentum and consistency, the Gunners may never have a better year to end their drought of 11 years without a title. A win against Leicester this season would be huge and could be the impetus they need. But Leicester don’t seem to get beat…

Our Prediction: 2nd

Leicester City

Leicester City have been this season’s dark horses, currently sitting top of the pile and five points clear going into a huge weekend. The Foxes have to be seriously considered title contenders now and a Premier League title would comfortably be the best title win of all time considering the resources they have.

Their win against Manchester City last weekend was assured and utterly brilliant and the same against Arsenal on Sunday will surely mean they have one hand on the trophy. Their speed and cut-throat counter-attacking will have Arsene Wenger worried. This weekend is as big as it gets in the Premier League.

There’s still a long way to go and even we half expect the wheels to fall off at the King Power Stadium before the end of the season. We hope not though!

Our Prediction: 3rd

Manchester City

If the league was played on paper, the Citizens would arguably have the title wrapped by spring.

Manchester City continue to be undermined by a lack of clinical finishing and defensive frailties, however, while the long-term absence of captain Vincent Kompany is particularly disruptive.

It’s not that which is perhaps the biggest problem though. There’s clearly no unity at the club and with Manuel Pellegrini leaving at the end of the season there is reason to believe that he may lose interest. Their defeat to Leicester last weekend has left them chasing, but it’s not Manchester City if things run smoothly is it?

Our Prediction: 4th

Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur have enjoyed an excellent start to the season, and we would not be surprised if they managed to go all the way.

Our bookmakers generally have them fourth favourites for the title but they are in such good form with the likes of Harry Kane and Dele Alli firing on all cylinders. Their game against Manchester City on Sunday will be a big test for them, get through that though and we can see them mounting a challenge until the final day.

Either way, they’ve had an incredible season and with all the English talent in their squad it’s looking good for the Euros too.

Our Prediction: 5th

Manchester United

We’re not going to lie, it’ll take a miracle for Manchester United to win the Premier League. In fact, it would need the entire season to go into Fergie time, and the Reds simply don’t have that power anymore.

Would United take fifth if it meant van Gaal out of the door? You’d probably find a 50/50 split. The Dutchman will still be fighting for the title though, or at least the top four.

A good run to the end of the season could see them just scrape a Champions League spot but it would also take a big collapse from one of the sides in front. And we could only see that coming from their noisy neighbours Manchester City.

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