Front runners don’t always win the race
The strong don’t always win battles
Brilliant and intelligent people are not always wealthy
Anything can happen between now and the end of the season. Any team can win the Premier League this season.
After 13 games of the 2021-22 campaign, European champions Chelsea, domestic champions Manchester City, and recent title winners Liverpool, have opened up a five-point gap at the top of the table.
It is understandable if you look at the three front runners as the main title race contenders. But, remember a popular phrase: “The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor food to the wise, nor riches to the intelligent, nor favour to those with knowledge, but time and chance happen to them all.”
The winner may not necessarily be any of the current top three contenders. At the end of the season, the winner will be the club that takes advantage of “time and chance.”
Chelsea is hungry for more trophies
Of course, the advantage is with Chelsea at the moment as they currently sit at the top of the Premier League table. The club is supremely organised and with remarkable squad depth.
Their new manager, Thomas Tuchel, has established a system that seems fluid regardless of personnel. They have both youth and experience, which is a huge weapon in the modern-day fast pace game.
Manchester City want to maintain the title
Man City, the reigning Premier League champions are favourites with the bookmakers.
Remember that 21 game-winning runs in all competitions last season, which blew away the competition. You never know, after Christmas you might see Pep Guardiola’s side find their rhythm again like last season, and begin churning out the victories.
The hope for their rivals will come from those rare slip-ups, like the shocking 2-0 home defeat to Crystal Palace, the loss to Tottenham, and the draw with Southampton this autumn. Those off-days never spark a crisis but tossing away points could be costly in a tight title race.
Liverpool wants to reclaim the title
Last season, Liverpool saw their title hopes dashed as injuries to several defenders stood as their stumbling block to winning the title.
Two of their top three players will be absent in January as they go to play for their home country in the African Cups of Nations. This disruption will see Salah and Sadio Mane depart for Cameroon to play for Egypt and Senegal respectively in the football competition in Africa. This will be a major concern for Jurgen Klopp.
West Ham is flying
David Moyes’ West Ham currently occupy the fourth spot, level on points with Arsenal who recovered from a dismal start to the season to climb above the likes of Manchester United and north London rivals Tottenham.
Arsenal bounce back
The Gunners have leapfrogged everyone else and surprisingly they are in contention after comfortably beating Newcastle United 2-0 at the Emirates.
Many have written off the chance of Arsenal winning the premier league, but remember: “The race is not to the swift…” Many wrote off Leicester City a few years ago.
Leicester won the 2015-16 Premier League trophy when many observers described Leicester’s title win as the greatest sporting shock ever. Multiple bookmakers had never paid out at such long odds for any sport. This could happen with Arsenal.
United we stand with Manchester
Manchester United have drifted to 11th perhaps 10th position. But with the appointment of a veteran coach Ralf Rangnick, the Red Devils could be challenging for the top position again. Although Rangnick was named as United’s interim manager until the end of the season, he will move onto a consultancy role within the club thereafter.
We’ve got a three-horse race at the top of the Premier League, with Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool fighting to win the trophy. Likewise, another three-horse race is keenly contested for the fourth position.
With the bookies having removed Tottenham Hotspur and Everton from the market, Manchester United, Arsenal, and West Ham are all fighting for the fourth spot in order to play in the Champions League next year. Meanwhile, anything can happen.