We’re now seven fixtures into the new Premier League campaign and it is hard to separate the big boys at the top of the table. Manchester City are currently leading the way but Pep Guardiola's men were held at home against Everton in their most recent encounter – and it really is anyone’s game. Here are three of the leading contenders for the title this season…
Guardiola’s side were imperious in the early stages of the campaign, winning each of their first six Premier League games. However, the Blues have come unstuck in recent weeks – losing to Tottenham Hotspur before that draw against Everton at the Etihad Stadium.
With Sergio Aguero fully fit and back amongst the goals, City will look to push on and develop a lead at the top of the table; but it won’t be easy. Pep’s men still look vulnerable defensively and the Spaniard may look to dip into the transfer market in January if City continue to leak goals.
On paper, City are the best team in England and Guardiola will still be confident despite their recent blip. As of October 20th, they remain the team to beat at the top of the table but it is hard to be totally confident after their recent run of results.
Arsene Wenger’s men have quietly gone about their business in the early stages and the Gunners will be there or thereabouts this year. Theo Walcott has found his feet in front of goal in recent times and he could be the man to inspire Arsenal to a first Premier League title success since 2004.
Meanwhile, the Gunners have an abundance of talent in midfield and Ozil, Sanchez and Iwobi are all key figures in Wenger’s long-term plan.
Most importantly, the Koscielny-Mustafi partnership is looking strong and a decent centre-back pairing could give Arsenal the edge in the title race; especially as City, Chelsea and Liverpool are all struggling to inspire confidence at the back.
As of October 20th, the Gunners are 5/1 to win the crown – and fans can visit 888Sport's website for bet advice and guidance in the coming weeks. On current form, it is very difficult to back against Wenger’s side; Arsenal have now won six Premier League games in a row…
No Harry Kane? No problem. Mauricio Pochettino’s men look more determined than ever in their pursuit of the title and Spurs will take plenty of heart from last season’s bid for the crown. And they haven't missed the England international, ruled out for over a month through injury, much at all if truth be told.
On the whole, Tottenham’s squad is very similar – although they did bring a couple of proven stars into the club. Former Southampton star Victor Wanyama moved to White Hart Lane in July before Victor Janssen, who scored 27 goals for AZ Alkmaar in the Eredivisie last season.
Janssen also signed for Spurs before the transfer window slammed shut and the Dutchman has already formed a decent relationship with the likes of Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli in attack.
On their day, Tottenham are capable of beating anybody but consistency is the key for Pochettino’s men. Their victory over City shows that they can do it but they cannot afford too many slip-ups against the division’s “lesser” sides…