If Carlsberg did Premier League’s, it would be this seasons premier league! Up to now, the level of sheer madness has been astounding. We’ve had goals galore, betrayal and the inevitable managerial comings and goings. And now with ten games to go, it’s down to Manchester City, Arsenal, Tottenham and Leicester. Leicester?! So who is going to win it?
I think this would be many fans pick to win the title, simply for the sheer fancifulness it has. Bottom at Christmas last season before pulling off a miracle to stay up. They then sacked Nigel Pearson and replaced him with Claudio Ranieri. The “Tinkerman” has not tinkered so much, but he has got Leicester brilliantly organized (to be expected from an Italian) and brutally dangerous on the counter attack.
Mahrez and Vardy the stars of the show but Ngolo Kante, Danny Drinkwater, Marc Albrighton, Wes Morgan, Robert Huth and Kasper Schmeichel have all played their supporting roles excellently.
In the midst of Chelsea’s worst season in the Abramovich era and the man who replaced him at Chelsea, it would be a personal triumph for Ranieri to win the league. As they say, every dog has his day, but I don’t think this will be Leicester’s. Opposition are beginning to sit deep and ask Leicester a new question, can you break us down? I’m not sure they will be able to do enough to win enough games to stay top.
Leicester finish: 3rd
Mauricio Pochettino has worked wonders since coming to England. His much questioned appointment at Southampton was soon proved a masterstroke and now in his second season at Spurs, he could be about to deliver Tottenham fans something beyond their wildest dreams. 2014-15 saw the emergence of Harry Kane. 2015-16 has been the rise of Dele Alli.
Classically, Tottenham have always been a good team for neutrals to watch, simply because there was a large chance they would make a huge mess of things. Not so this season. Mo-Po has made this side about as un-Spurs like as possible. They actually have the best defence so far this season!
As a grassroots coach myself, I want to see young English talent succeed. As a Chelsea supporter, I want Spurs to fail. However, Spurs have been giving youth a chance at a time where clubs near the top are not, unless they have a Manchester United style injury list. For me, Tottenham have enough going forward to undo teams they face and are stubborn at the back. The perfect blend for a title winner?
Tottenham finsh: 1st
It looks like becoming an all too familiar story for Arsenal. There or thereabouts for much of the season before tailing off in March and April. No matter the year, no matter the other teams in the race, Arsenal seem to always fall away and this season will be no different. Recent poor runs have really cost them when they should be top of the league. City have stumbled, United are a mess and Chelsea descended into anarchy so really Arsenal should be winning the league this year. Yes, they signed Petr Cech, a player they badly needed but they still need a top quality centre back, a proper holding midfielder and a striker. Giroud and Walcott are not title winning centre forwards (Is Walcott a striker or a winger?!)
Arsenal finish: 4th
After 5 games this season, City were looking ominously dominant. And then the wheels have well and truly come off. Injuries to key players and hit and miss form have left Man City with a 10-point lead to make up. Yes, they have 2 games in hand on the team top at the moment, Leicester. Kompany has hardly been fit, the defenders they brought in to cover are simply not good enough. Toure is on his last legs, Silva flatters to deceive in most games and Aguero is also prone to injury.
There’s also the somewhat unnecessary distraction of Pellegrini announcing his departure during the season and that Guardiola is coming to take over next season.
That said, they have won the title twice in recent seasons, both from behind in the race although they were fortunate that their competitors on those occasions shot themselves in the foot. They’ll be close, but they will be just short in my opinion.
Man City finish: 2nd