Sneaking up behind you - Manchester United's victory over Arsenal Sunday means that the gap is only 5 points.
But where will Manchester United be after 5 more Premier League games, which takes us up to the middle of December ?
Over the next 5 Premier League matches, Manchester United face Cardiff City (a), Tottenham Hotspur (a), Everton (h), Newcastle United (h), and Aston Villa (a).
And we expect Manchester United to pick up 13 points: Cardiff City - 3 points, Tottenham Hotspur -1, Everton - 3, Newcastle United 3, and Aston Villa - 3.
We also expect Arsenal to pick up 11 Premier League points in their next 5 games - a draw against Southampton, victories at Cardiff and at home to Hull and Everton, and a draw away at Manchester City.
Chelsea are also thought likely to pick up 13 points out of a possible 15.
Chelsea - West Ham (a) - 3 points, Southampton (h) - 3, Sunderland (a) - 1, Stoke City (a) - 3, Crystal Palace (h) - 3.
Southampton are thought likely to pick up just 6 points out of 15 over the period - Arsenal (a) - 1 point, Chelsea (a) - 0, Aston Villa (h) - 3, Manchester City (h) - 1, Newcastle United (a) - 1.
Everton are thought likely to bag 7 points over the period - Liverpool (h) - 1 point, Stoke City (h) - 3, Manchester United (a) - 0, Arsenal (a) - 0, Fulham (h) - 3.
Tottenham Hotspur are thought likely to obtain 6 points out of a possible 15 - Manchester City (a) - 0 points, Manchester United (h) - 1, Fulham (a) - 3, Sunderland (a) - 1, Liverpool (h) - 1.
Manchester City are expected to bag 9 points over the period - Tottenham Hotspur (h) - 3 points, Swansea City (h) - 3, WBA (a) - 1, Southampton (a) - 1, Arsenal (h) - 1.
So, it should be looking fairly good for Manchester United after 16 Premier League matches, when we predict the table will look like this:
Arsenal - 36 points
Chelsea - 34
Liverpool - 34
Manchester United - 33
Manchester City - 28
Southampton - 28
Everton - 27
Tottenham - 26
We feel that Manchester United close the gap on the leaders as we approach the run-up to Christmas, and that the club will certainly be in the mix for the title.
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