Manchester United favourites for the title?

by admin

Thursday, December 29th, 2011
 

It was an extraordinary couple of days of football in the immediate aftermath of Christmas. The title race was not exactly turned on its head, but suddenly was brought to life.

With half the season still to go for those looking at mobile casinos to enjoy, both Manchester sides suddenly find themselves level on points at the summit, while Tottenham have also made their intentions known. Their win against Norwich, along with the game they still have in hand suddenly puts them in a very competitive position.

For any neutral observer, the most romantic outcome probably would be a Spurs title win – the real underdogs, the ones who do not have the backing of an entire Middle Eastern country.

The reality, however, is it is all of a sudden advantage Manchester United.

The two points that City dropped when they visited West Brom could well turn out to be very costly. What was a five-point lead just a few short weeks ago has been cut. And to make matters worse for them, United are in imperious form.

Put simply, you do not want to be going into the second half of a title race against Fergie’s men without anything to spare. It is going to be a tough job for Roberto Mancini and co.

Andre Villas-Boas has all but ruled Chelsea out of the title race this season now, following their draw with Fulham. His honestly is refreshing, but their focus really does now appear to be upon qualifying for the Champions’ League.

That will not be easy. Arsenal will surely have accepted their fate in terms of winning the Premier League, but their attentions will be keenly focused upon the position that Chelsea currently hold. Liverpool will be thinking just the same.

A Premier League season would not be complete without the contrast of what is going on at the other end of the table. Going into the New Year, can we make any predictions about who will be starting next season in the Championship?

Sadly, there looks to be no way out for the current bottom three. Blackburn seem to be drifting further and further away from safety with every week that goes by, Bolton cannot buy a win, and Wigan had a recent upturn in confidence utterly crushed by Manchester United in their last game.

Wolves draw at Arsenal could well be a sign that their season is taking a turn for the better. With the calibre of players they have at their disposal, as well as Steven Fletcher being a constant goal threat, they look capable of keeping their heads above water.

QPR are set to spend big in January, and it seems quite clear that if they can add a regular goal scorer to their starting line-up, they should be safe by the end of the season.

Martin O’Neill is already turning around the fortunes of Sunderland. They will leave relegation fears behind them very quickly, and may even still harbour ambitions of a top 10 finish.

Whatever happens, the second half of the season looks all set to be a cracker.

 

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