Today and tomorrow we have the 17th round of the Premier League. A long 38 round marathon that still has 2 more rounds before the first half is over. With 21 rounds still to be played is it safe to say that the Sky Blues of Manchester City have already locked the title to their belts?
It would certainly seem so after the 14th consecutive victory over not only their mortal rivals every season, but also the team that is right behind them on the table, Manchester United. A victory that widened the gap to the Red Devils and the Chelsea Blues (lost 1-0 to West Ham United) to 11 and 14 points respectively.
It’s not only the numbers and the statistics. It’s the way they are playing on the field. They seem quite unstoppable at the moment and the question is clear: can this kind of form be maintained for another 21 games? The “Special One” Jose Mourinho seems to think so. When he was asked whether the race was over already by BBC he replied: “Probably”. And then continued on to say:
“Manchester City are a very good team and they are protected by luck and the gods of football are behind them. I’m pretty sure everyone is going to fight for points and try and reduce the distance, but the advantage is a very good one.”
In the 2014/2015 season, such a run was also displayed by Chelsea. Their winning streak ended after 13 consecutive games, they too seemed unstoppable and they did manage to win the title at the end. However, the second half of the season was quite different from the first. It took mishaps and clumsy mistakes from their chasers (especially Arsenal and Manchester United) to allow them to win the title. Will such a story be repeated for the second time?
Here are some issues to consider:
- Their immediate chasers Manchester United and Chelsea have not displayed consistency in their games.
- Liverpool (currently 4th in the table 16 points behind) have just begun a streak of their own with 7 undefeated games. They would be tied with Chelsea at the third place if it wasn’t for a poor referee decision awarding a penalty to Everton in their last match. However, they are displaying a distinctive improvement to their game, a distinctive improvement to their defensive performance and their overall stature on the field seems to indicate that, if this continues, it will be them hunting the Sky Blues down to the end. However, the Reds’ problem has always been consistency. And it was them that finished second just 2 points behind Manchester City in the 2013/14 season when the Sky Blues again seemed unstoppable.
- Arsenal and Tottenham do not seem able to keep up with the first four teams.
Intriguing isn’t it? With 5 more months of matches who is to say what will happen? If you want to support your favorite team and make some money, take a look at the bookmakers BET-IBC works with, open an account via the best Asian agent and win!