Who are the top contenders for the English Premier League title?
November 14, 20162 min read
Ten matches have been played in the English Premier League this season, and it is shaping up for an exciting race for the league title.
Manchester City had started the season red-hot, and looked like early favorites to lift the trophy. However, Tottenham Hotspur reeled them in, in week seven. Since then, Pep Guardiola's City has stumbled, winning only once in three attempts.
Four teams are hot on Manchester City's heels at the moment, and both Arsenal and Liverpool are level on points at the top of the Premier League standings.
Arsenal has been brilliant since an opening day loss to Liverpool. Arsene Wenger's team is clicking on all cylinders and has scored the second most goals in the league (23).
Chilean Alexis Sanchez has been the team's top player, scoring six goals and tallying three assists. Meanwhile, Theo Walcott has added five goals. Could it finally be Arsenal's season? The Gunners always look great early on, but fold around Christmas. It is hard to believe this season will be any different.
Liverpool is just behind Arsenal in the race for top spot in the Premier League. Jurgen Klopp's team has been exciting to watch. The Reds attacking play is second-to-none in England and the team has scored 24 goals.
Led by Brazilian wizard Philippe Coutinho (four goals and four assists), Liverpool has looked more dangerous than it has in years. The team's biggest problem continues to be its defense, however. Liverpool has only one shutout this season.
Antonio Conte has Chelsea playing some of the best soccer the team has produced in sometime. Striker Diego Costa has tallied eight of the team's 21 goals, and the Blues rely on the bullish forward to get them ahead in games.
Eden Hazard is back to his old self under Conte and is producing yet again. The wizardly wideman has five goals this term, and his play has Chelsea believing a return to the Champions League is in store.
Manchester United spent over $191 million during the summer transfer window, with most of that cash being splashed on Paul Pogba. Yet, that spend has yielded little in the way of results this season.
Jose Mourinho's team sit eighth after 10 games, and have already lost three matches. A year ago, Manchester United didn't lose its third match until December.
Has Mourinho and the massive cash splurge on players really improved the club? The jury is still out.
It currently looks like the $108m-plus spent on Pogba looks like a poor decision from the team's hierarchy. With one Premier League goal and no assists after nine games, Pogba is struggling to live up to the hype a large transfer builds up.
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More than half the season is still to play in the English Premier League. Will one of the teams mentioned run away with the league's trophy? Or will a surprise package like Tottenham or Everton show their title credentials? Fans will have to wait and see.