Newcastle United’s impressive 2-1 win over Chelsea has truly put the cat amongst the pigeons in the race for the Premier League title that had begun to look like it would largely be a done deal by Christmas.
But as main chaser’s Manchester City’s boss Manuel Pellegrini said a few weeks ago – no-one wins a title in November. And the truth now is that if Man City were to win all their remaining games, the title would be theirs as they’re only three points adrift of Chelsea and have a better goal difference.
Obviously, this isn’t going to happen, but Chelsea can certainly be caught now – and for the neutrals, the title race just got interesting.
The more interesting question is whether Manchester’s other team can really join the fray.
At the time of writing, they’re 11 points and 8 points behind Chelsea and Man City, respectively, with a game in hand and are a best priced 16-1 for the title with Betway, 32 Red, Skybet and a few other major bookmakers.
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And Man United for the title might well be a fun longshot punt to make. Remember, United have no other pressures save whatever they do in the FA Cup, and as things really start to hot up in the Champions League in March, April and May, the league form of Chelsea and maybe Man City will surely begin to take a hit.
What’s more – both these sides are largely dependent on their respective star strikers Sergio Agüero at the Etihad and Diego Costa at Stamford Bridge. Agüero has already damaged his knee ligaments and Costa has constant injury niggles. And neither side would be quite what they are without these men.
Also, both Chelsea and City have begun to wobble. Chelsea have looked a little shaky in a few games and were fortunate to come away from Sunderland with a point, whilst Everton were the better side at Man City for long stretches and were somewhat ‘robbed’ by questionable refereeing decisions; they deserved one point at least.
Man United, on the other hand, have far greater strength in depth and are beginning to play like serious title challengers all of a sudden. United are also yet to play both Man City and Chelsea once apiece in the league. These two games come back to back in mid-April, home to City and away at Stamford Bridge. They could be enormous games depending on how things pan out before then, but they’re both at a time when the Champions League will be taking its toll if City and/or Chelsea are still in the running. In short, the race for the title could get a lot more interesting yet.