Tuesday February 27, 2018
Even if you’re not a fan of the team, you can’t deny Manchester City has put in a largely flawless performance this Premier League season. At the time of writing, they’d played 27 matches and won 23 of them. With three draws and just one loss (against Liverpool in mid-January), they were leading the table with 72 points.
To put that into further context, Manchester United are in second place. They’ve played one more match so far, winning 18, drawing five, and losing five. In doing so, they’ve got a current total of 59 points. In third place is Liverpool, also with 28 matches complete, with 16 wins, nine draws, and three losses. That has given them 57 points.
As you can see, Manchester City is well out in front of the next team on the list. However, there isn’t much between the next few teams. Tottenham Hotspur is in fourth place with 55 points, and Chelsea is in fifth position with 53 points. Just one match outcome could make the world of difference to those standings, but it will take a lot more than that to make a difference for Manchester City. They will take some toppling off the top, and even if that happened, they’d still stand a good chance of regaining that position.
But let’s be realistic. There aren’t too many matchdays left to go in the competition. They’re still got one match in hand too, whereas the next four teams have all played their 28th match. Manchester City will meet Arsenal next, on 1st March (weather permitting), at 7.45pm. Arsenal is currently in sixth place in the standings, with 27 matches played, 13 won, six draws, and eight losses. Could they make much of a difference, even if they win?
We must look to the latter stages of the competition to determine whether any team could get the better of Manchester City. Would you bet against this team to win the league this year, or will there be a surprise or two coming in the next few days? We are waiting to find out what might happen next.