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Thursday, 30 January 2014

Manchester City too strong

 Twenty three games into the Premier League season and Manchester City are emerging as the clear favourites to reclaim the title they won in 2012.

With 53 points they now hold a one point lead at the top ahead of closest rivals Arsenal, after taking the lead in the title race and hitting their best form at the right time they are firmly in the driving seat in the race for the Premier League.

Last nights excellent performance at White Hart Lane cemented their title credentials, the free flowing football is not only a joy to watch, but also reaping the rewards. With the best goal scoring record in the league, 68 goals, they are almost unstoppable in front of goal.

City struggled early on in the season on the road but a 5-1 victory over Spurs away from home is a sign of how far they have come since then, Pellegrini has gotten to know his best starting 11 and since then there has been no stopping them.

An injury to Sergio Aguero may scupper their chances but the array of options up front at Pellegrini’s disposable should mean this won’t be a problem. City, on current form, are certainly the strongest side in the league and will be extremely hard to beat.

The biggest competition in the race for the title looks to be coming from their next opponents Chelsea, despite Arsenal lying ahead of Chelsea and only one point behind City, Chelsea posses a greater squad and look in better shape than Arsenal to keep up with a rampant City.

Monday’s big game between Man City and Chelsea could, even this early on, decide the where the title may be heading, if Man City are to win it would put them 6 points clear of Chelsea which could be pivotal, were Chelsea to win however, it would put them level with City.

Man City, being at home, look more likely to take all three points on Monday which will give them a massive boost going into the season’s final months. Despite Arsenal being in 2nd position recent history suggests they will drop off, although it would be foolish to think this will be the case.

There may be 15 games remaining this season but already City are making a burst to secure the Premier League in Manuel Pellegrini’s first season.