With 12 games to go until the end of the season and the winner of the 2015/16 Barclays Premier League is crowned, the title race is wide open.
Currently Leicester are sitting at the top of the pile by just two points over Tottenham, with Arsenal and Manchester City snapping at their heels.
Leicester could well be 8 points clear by the time the rest of the top four next play a league game, which will inflict a great lead at the top for the others to chase. You would imagine Leicester should win against Norwich and West Bromwich, both at home in the coming weeks. And this will give Leicester the spring board they need after a devastating defeat to title rivals Arsenal at the weekend.
Can Leicester go on and win?
They have been in terrific form this season, and as we all know form is key. But until very recently they haven’t been expected to win the title, they were playing without pressure because there was none. Now many pundits expect them to win the league, and certainly their next two home games.
But now is the time where there is a need to grind out results, because as closer to the line you get the harder it becomes. This will be the real test for The Foxes.
What chance to Tottenham have?
Spurs have been very similar to Leicester this season, in terms of unexpected form. They have quietly gone about their business whilst the focus was largely on the teams around them.
Top scorer Harry Kane has had a great run since the start of the new year, and Tottenham will be looking for a continue in his form to bring them the title.
Can Arsenal end their 11 year wait for a title?
Arsenal, Arsenal, Arsenal… Often so close but yet so far from clinching the title since the 2003/04 invincible season. Well this could all be about to change this season, a win against Leicester and a string of good wins could very much propel them to the summit.
But can they keep their nerve? Well we’ve seen them bottle it before…
Do we right off City?
Not at all, for me City have the strongest side out of the four teams. They won their first Premier League title after being 8 points adrift of Manchester United don’t forget.
The blues have match winners throughout their side and with the grinding out of games to come, I think City will come out on top.
Will European and domestic cup competitions affects the title?
I believe they may well affect the way the pendulum swings, for me Arsenal facing Barcelona may well be a blessing in disguise for The Gunners.
Manchester City have a large squad to deal with this kind of situation so I believe they will deal with this the best, providing the keep Sergio Aguero fit as he is the key to them winning the title this season for me.
Arsenal have a history of injuries to key players, and I feel playing multiple matches each week will take its toll and affect their title challenge.
I believe Tottenham will be affected more however, due to the Thursday night Euro League fixtures and the long hours travelling to distant European locations.
So who will win?
In case you haven’t already guessed my money as it has been all season is on Manchester City, I just feel that they have too much of a strong squad with match winners all over the pitch. And the return of Kompany could prove crucial.
I feel the pressure will mount and get too much for Leicester, and I feel they will drop dramatically as the season goes on, but I would like to be proved wrong and see Leicester be crowned champions as it would be better for the league in general.
Top 4 Prediction:
1 – Manchester City
2 – Arsenal
3 – Leicester
4 – Tottenham
Sources: Latin Post, 101 Great Goals, Standard, Huffington Post.