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Arsenal? Chelsea? Who will take the Premier League by the 'scruff of the neck'?

Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham and Everton are other sides who could potentially go on a good run in the next few weeks

It has been a weird start to the Premier League season according to many pundits. They say no side has really taken the league by the scruff of the neck – though if you ask Arsenal fans, I’m sure they’d disagree. Five wins on the bounce could certainly point to a side that is trying to take command early on in the season.

Yet both Manchester City and Manchester United have yet to generate some real momentum, Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea look a bit stop start on their return, whilst all of Liverpool, Tottenham and Everton seem to have had bright starts to the campaign.

Can any one of these sides take the league by the scruff of the proverbial neck in the next six weeks? Here is a look at the next six fixtures for each side.

Arsenal – West Brom (A), Norwich (H), Crystal Palace (A), Liverpool (H), Manchester United (A), Southampton (H)

The first three fixtures are definitely winnable, if they did win those they could be going into their clash with Liverpool having won eight games on the bounce – a tremendous amount of confidence to take into a tricky looking run. If they did win the first three of those games, there would be plenty of momentum of degree of control with the Gunners.

Liverpool – Crystal Palace (H), Newcastle (A), West Brom (H), Arsenal (A), Fulham (H), Everton (A)

Again three games that are winnable. In fact you would think they would be odds on favourites in each of their next three games, and fans will be disappointed if they’re not on 22 points going into their clash with Arsenal. A difficult end to the month though, with trips to the Emirates Stadium, and across Stanley Park to face near neighbours Everton.

Tottenham – West Ham (H), Aston Villa (A), Hull (H), Everton (A), Newcastle (H), Man City (A)

Spurs’ next few games looks like a list of potential banana skins in a hotly anticipated derby, a side that has taken a couple of big scalps and a couple of very difficult away trips. Something in the region of 14 points would be a good return, anything more could make this period key in the context of the season.

Everton – Man City (A), Hull City (H), Aston Villa (A), Tottenham (H), Crystal Palace (A), Liverpool (H)

An unbeaten start to the season so far but this looks like a very difficult period for the Blues. They would do well to come through this period with 12+ points but certainly not beyond the realms of possibility.

Chelsea – Norwich (A), Cardiff (H), Manchester City (H), Newcastle (A), West Brom (H), West Ham (A)

Two games they ought to win before they host Manchester City and then another three games that Chelsea ought to win after that. From a bit of a bumpy start, Mourinho’s men should be aiming for at least 16 points here and aiming to start their title charge.

Manchester City - Everton (H), West Ham (A), Chelsea (A), Norwich (H), Sunderland (A), Tottenham (H)

They’d like to keep their 100% home record throughout this period. The best way of picking up points is taking them off some of your nearest rivals. Here they have also got to pick their away form up a notch.

Manchester United – Sunderland (A), Southampton (H), Stoke (H), Fulham (A), Arsenal (H), Cardiff (A)

They may be well down in the table at the moment, but anyone that thinks United don’t have at least the capability to go on a run at the moment is probably disrespecting them a little. The most troubling looking game in amongst all of them is the home game against Arsenal. Here is a period of games where David Moyes will want to get his side’s Premier League campaign back on track. 15 points minimum?

Who do you think will take the league by the scruff of the neck in the next few weeks? Have we left anyone out we shouldn’t have? Let us know.

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