The Christmas period saw the elite clubs draw a few points clear from the rest in the Premier League as they all claimed victories.
Chelsea look simply irresistible with yet another win this time the victims were Bournemouth who went down 3-0 at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea remain on course to beat Arsenal’s Premier League record of 14 wins in a row. By the end of January we will know if Antonio Conte’s men were successful or not. But right now few would bet against it.
Liverpool remain 2nd and Jurgen Klopp’s side still have a genuine chance of winning the English league title for the first time in 27 years. The Reds are just two wins behind Chelsea and as previous seasons have shown football and results can change very quickly. Klopp’s team are looking like the real deal though where they have won 12 of their 18 matches and have scored the most goals in the Premier league with 45. Four of those were against Stoke City in their last match.
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City have bounced back too after a November to forget and have now surged into 3rd place with three wins in a row. They have scored 7 goals in those matches and conceded just one and the former Barcelona manager will be delighted with his teams response. With striker Sergio Aguero expected back after a three game suspension, City who are currently just a point adrift of Liverpool have to be considered as one of the title contenders.
And then there is Arsenal and Arsene Wenger a team who are starting to become comfortable with being known as the club who are 4th. Back to back losses against Everton and Manchester City sent the Londoners from joint first to fourth in a week but the club has responded since then with a win if heavy weathered over West Bromwich Albion 1-0.
Tottenham are in 5th place and chasing down their north London rivals as they look even sharper and fitter than last season. They are determined to at least hold onto a top five spot but its evident in their play that they want to finish higher. Their recent 4-1 demolition of Southampton (and it could have been more) was a joy to behold and underlined what a great display it was given that they had gone a goal behind.
Manchester United seem happy with Jose Mourinho despite a rather lacklustre start to the season. However the club has picked up 13 of their last 15 available points and on form would be second in the table only to Chelsea. Striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has refound his form that seemed to desert him in September and this could go a long way to achieving at least a Champions League berth for Mourinho’s team.
With wins for the top six teams a gap has been created at one game to go before the mid way point of the season. This is evidenced in Everton a position behind United who are on 26 points and seven behind the Red Devils.
Right now Chelsea are making it look very easy in arguably the hardest league in Europe to win, will anything give for Conte’s men? If so there are at least three other teams waiting in the wings it what should be an intriguing second half of the season.