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Does anybody want to win the Premier League title?

David Nugent in Editorial, English Premier League 14 Jan 2016

The 'Tinkerman' Claudio Ranieroi has inspired Leicester to an unlikely Premier League title challenge

The ‘Tinkerman’ Claudio Ranieroi has inspired Leicester to an unlikely Premier League title challenge

Wednesday night’s games seemed to sum-up the Premier League title race, as both Arsenal and Manchester City slipped-up, while underdogs Leicester continued to surprise everybody with a 1-0 win at title pretenders Tottenham.

Title favourites Arsenal and City have failed to find consistency this season, while Leicester have also experienced a slight blip in recent games, having failed to win three in their last three top-flight games.

The win at Spurs put the Foxes level on points with Arsenal on points though and they now only trail the Gunners on goal difference.

Lost two points late-on

Arsenal somehow snatched a draw out of the jaws of victory in an enthralling 3-3 draw at Liverpool on Wednesday night. To be fair though both sides attempted to play attacking football and it produced a fantastic spectacle, although I am sure both bosses would have preferred to win the game 1-0.

The Gunners will have been highly disappointed to concede on 90 minutes though, even if Reds substitute Joe Allen did produce a superb finish. Arsenal’s problem in recent years has been an inability to stay strong mentality and it would not be surprised if they were accused of that once again by some.

In recent years the north London outfit have had a habit of not winning games they should, although it would be unfair on Liverpool to say that Arsene Wenger’s side deserved to win. However to concede late-on is still galling for everybody connected with the north London club.

Inability to break through

Manchester City struggled to break down Everton at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday night and drew 0-0 against a stubborn Toffees side. City had penalty claims turned down, but the Citizens should really have had enough guile to break down an Everton side that has been woeful in defence until recent games.

Much-maligned Everton ‘keeper Tim Howard produced a solid display to deny City with numerous saves. The USA international has been highly-criticised this season, as he has produced a number of very unconvincing displays.

Despite Howard and Everton’s solid defensive display, City should have had enough quality to see off the visitors. Argentinian striker Sergio Aguero looked slightly isolated up front, which is strange considering that City had so many attacking players in their team.

If Manuel Pellegrini’s side are going to win the Premier League title this season, then these are the sort of difficult games that the Citizens need to start winning. For the amount of talent in the City squad they should really be doing better.

Back to winning ways

Leicester’s Premier League title challenge looked to be on the slide, after the Foxes failed to win or score in their last three top-flight games. However, Claudio Ranieri’s side proved their title credentials with a 1-0 win at Tottenham, who themselves are consider potential challengers.

It seems that Leicester’s title challenge is here to stay. The Foxes story has been extraordinary and well-documented this season and their fairy-tale story could well have a happy ending with City and Arsenal not quite finding the form necessary to dominate the Premier League.

At the moment it is anybody’s guess who will win the Premier League title in May. Manchester City are currently the favourites to be crowned at odds of 6/5, but have at times struggled to find consistency.

Arsenal have enjoyed patches of form, but you always feel that they have a surprise poor result in them, just like in recent seasons when they have inexplicably suffered poor results when the going got tough in the title race.

Leicester are expected to drop out of the Premier League title race, but cynics have been saying that for much of the campaign. They really cannot be written-off at the moment, as they are joint-top of the Premier League table.

This season’s Premier League title race is the most intriguing and open in recent seasons. The inclusion of a surprise package is not so unusual, what would be surprising is if that surprise package were crowned champions.

Leicester seem to be the neutrals champions and I am sure that few apart from Manchester City or Arsenal fans would moan about the Foxes winning an unlikely title this season.

Who will win the Premier League title this season?


David Nugent

David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The experienced writer has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.



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