Every season there seems to be a bit of strange start to the season, the league table may not necessarily reflect the ability of the sides, and therefore it is an open title race.
This season appears to be no different, the Champions started off with a bit of a struggle but appear to be finding their rhythm, the main rivals for their crown have yet to find that bit of consistency whilst there are a couple of surprises in the table.
But with 11 games gone this season, just how many sides can we say are in the title race?
The current favourites to lift the Premier League crown with the bookies in Manchester City currently lie in eighth place, so is the title race currently an eight horse race with City currently trailing leaders Arsenal by six points?
Or can we include Newcastle in the race who are only two points further back? Manchester United were eight points back at the weekend, and them beating Arsenal has resulted in them being five points behind and ‘right in the thick of it.’ It only seems to take one weekend of action before one side was apparently out of it to be regarded as in the mix.
Newcastle have shown they are capable of beating the bigger teams who would be aiming for the title and Champions League qualification but losing at home to the likes of Hull won’t help.
Then again they are not the only team to have done that. As the season goes on, it will be expected that those who were talked about as early season contenders will develop more consistency and the likes of Newcastle would get left behind.
But if you are two points behind the favourites after eleven games, surely you deserve to be ‘part of the conversation’ as Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers would say.
Even if it is at an early stage of the season – and just for debate in the pub, surely they’ve got to be talked as if they’re in the race judging by the start of the season?
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