My buddy Mike Volitich and I were speaking last night about football, as per usual, and we suddenly realized that we are almost at the half way stage of yet another Premier League season. With this in mind we decided to have a look at what has been going on so far and see how our predictions for the league winners are coming along. We may be a couple of games shy of the halfway point but this is certainly as good a time as any to review how things are going , and look at who will win the big trophy.
Liverpool are currently sitting top of the pile and after 15 games they are also unbeaten, boasting the best defensive record in the Premier League having conceded just 6 goals. The signings of Alisson and Virgil Van Dijk look to be masterstrokes by Jurgen Klopp and they have repaid the transfer fee already. Liverpool were considered to be the ones that would push Man City but few thought that they would be doing so well at this stage. What is slightly worrying here is that the attacking threats of Liverpool haven’t really been at their best which could mean that this Liverpool team gets even better. In spite of what they have done so far, Man City have the far superior squad so I think Liverpool will still finish in 2nd place.
City were unbeaten until Chelsea snatched a 2-0 win at the weekend, leaving Pep’s men to realize that they do have a title race on their hands. City may have faltered against the Blues but their goalscoring and defensive record this year is simply astonishing and if they are able to keep up that pace, which we all know that they can, then they will take some stopping when it comes to lifting the Premier League trophy in May. City have so far been without Kevin de Bruyne for most of the season, and integral player in the trophy winning campaign of 17/18, with him coming back and other bench players finding form, this City side still looks nailed on for the win.
Spurs were never considered to be Championship contenders at the start of the season but they are currently sitting in 3rd place, 5 points behind City and 6 behind leaders Liverpool. Given the way that both teams are playing it would be highly surprising if Spurs closed the gap but they must still be considered as being in with a shout. Spurs, like Liverpool, have not been at their exciting best this year and after many players came back late from the World Cup it is a wonder how Spurs are doing so well. Tottenham will look to create some space between themselves, Chelsea and Arsenal to further cement their claim for a Champions League position, once they have done that they may very well fancy a title bid.
Who do you have to win the league at this stage of the season?