The Premier League title race is as exciting as ever. Halfway through the season, there are still a bunch of contenders left. Still, could this be Arsenal’s year?
Good luck trying to make your Premier League predictions this season. Leicester have been rocking all season, while Chelsea have endured nothing but trouble so far. Who would have thought that before it all began?
Arsenal are leading the pack with 42 points. The Gunners have been the most consistent team all season long, having won the most matches so far: 13. They’ve been in the top four since matchday 7 and overtook Leicester as leaders at the end of December.
Key to their success has been Mesut Ozil. The German playmaker has recorded a stunning 16 assists. No one in Europ’s big five competitions comes even close (PSG’s Angel Di Maria is second with ten). But The Gunners have also found a reliable goalkeeper. Petr Cech has kept a league leading nine clean sheets.
Leicester come in second with 40 points, having led the league on five different occassions. The Foxes have surprised the entire football world with their well organised and free flowing style of play, scoring 37 goals so far. They have lost just twice all season: against Arsenal and at Liverpool.
No offensive duo has been more prolific so far than Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez. They’ve accounted for 28 goals and ten assists in favour of Leicester.
Manchester City are sitting in third place, with 39 points. The Citizens have been on top 12 times, but they’ve also been very inconsistent. City started the season with five straight wins. Then lost twice and took two wins back. Since then, City have not won two league matches in a row, dropping to second and then third in the table.
But The Citizens have scored a league leading 39 goals, with topscorer Sergio Aguero having played just 13 times this season. On top, they seem to have found a real difference maker with Kevin De Bruyne.
In fourth with 36 points are Tottenham. The Spurs have boosted the Premier League’s best defense, conceding only 16 goals after 20 matches. They started the season slow, taking their first win on matchday 5. But they went on a run of 14 unbeaten matches and are taking on the role of title outsider, with Harry Kane scoring again.
And than, there’s Manchester United. The Red Devils come in fifth with 33 points. They were pretty consistent throughout the season (even leading after matchday 7), but fell back after an horrendous month of December. The main issue for Louis van Gaal’s squad: scoring goals. They sit at just 24 so far.
Liverpool are eight with 30 points, scoring even less goals than United and boosting a negative scoring difference (-2). The Reds have been better under Jurgen Klopp, but haven’t show any signs of being a title contender. The same goes for Chelsea. The Blues have show signs of life under Guus Hiddink, but are 19 points back from leaders Arsenal. If they can secure a European ticket, that would be a miracle.