The Premier League is undoubtedly the biggest football competition on the planet. Part of its appeal isn’t just the high-quality football on offer, but also the competitive nature of a division that is packed full of talented individuals and strong teams.
This is perhaps epitomised this season more than any other given the Premier League title race which appears to be unfolding between three sides instead of the usual two.
In previous campaigns, we have been treated to some memorable title tilts from a variety of clubs, but this season is shaping up to be an even better race for the crown. Of course, fans of Manchester United were hoping Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho’s arrival could help to close the gap on their rivals, but the Red Devils appear to be some way behind Manchester City, Liverpool, and Chelsea.
In fact, these three clubs are setting the standard in the division right now with some eye-catching performances and some truly beautiful football. The likes of United, Arsenal, Tottenham, West Ham and Leicester can offer a stern test to all three challengers on their day, but over the course of a season, the top three sides currently in the league are far stronger.
With the Premier League’s title contenders now evident, let’s take a look at their respective chances below.
After registering some impressive performances in recent times, Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side appears to be back to their very best and possesses the experience and the required quality to win any competition in which they compete.
The recent 7-0 thrashing of Leeds United highlighted their attacking prowess, with the goals flowing for the Citizens. Bernardo Silva, a key member of a Portugal side that is currently priced at an attractive 25/1 to win the FIFA World Cup, is easily one of the standout performers of the season so far.
His ability to change games has fired Manchester City into a familiar position at the top of the Premier League. His form, accompanied by the return of Kevin De Bruyne, is likely to be relied upon during a crucial set of fixtures to come.
Despite the need for a central striker, the blue side of Manchester is brimming with confidence given the quality the club possesses in other areas. Keep the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, and Rúben Dias fit, and Manchester City are in with a strong chance of retaining the Premier League title they have become so familiar with in recent times.
Liverpool fans would have been understandably shocked at their side’s decline last season, but it appears as though Jurgen Klopp’s troops are back playing to the familiarly high standards that they reached during numerous successful periods under the German boss.
Theories from last season surrounding the impact of Virgil van Dijk and Jordan Henderson’s absences appear to be accurate given the form the side is now showing with both leaders now back in the fold.
Liverpool’s momentum under Klopp is building once again after a slight bump in the road last season, with the phenomenal Mohamed Salah returning to his very best alongside an improved showing from the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Should Liverpool keep the spine of their side fit and Mohamed Salah’s frankly ridiculous form continues, then Anfield could potentially witness another Premier League-winning campaign this season.
Despite suffering from a few odd results in recent times, Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea are still a formidable opponent. The return of Romelu Lukaku could add another dimension to a Chelsea attack that is struggling in the goals department slightly, although the defensive side of the Blues’ game – which has been typically strong under Tuchel – is a cause for concern also.
Should Chelsea rediscover the defensive solidity which helped them reign supreme in Europe, then a Premier League win is certainly on the cards. With attacking options such Mason Mount, Kai Havertz and Romelu Lukaku in their ranks, supplemented by leaders at the back in the shape of César Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, and Antonio Rüdiger, Chelsea will certainly be fighting until the very end.