In an article on ESPNFC, Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech claimed the Premier League is already only a three-team race for the title.
“We lost some points, they [United and City] did at the start of the season. So, it looks like we’ll be the three teams that chase the title,” Cech said.
Teams in the Premier League have only played 11 games so far this season, which is less than a third of the way through. Therefore, it seems a little premature to claim only three teams are still in the title race. However, once you take a look at the Premier League table, Cech may be right.
Manchester United is currently in first with 27 points; Manchester City is second with 25 points, and Chelsea sit third in the league with 24 points. Then the table gets interesting. Arsenal and Liverpool have traditionally been part of the Premier League’s big four and Tottenham has been in the conversation the past few seasons. To the disappointment of their fans, those three teams are not even close to being mentioned as title contenders. Tottenham is in seventh, 10 points behind United, Arsenal is in eighth, 11 points behind United and Liverpool isn’t even in the top half of the table.
The more interesting thing happening in the Premier League is the teams directly behind the top three. Everton, West Bromwich Albion and West Ham United are all within single digits of United, which many people wouldn’t have expected before the season. The interesting thing to watch is if those teams can maintain their level of play or if they begin to fall during the course of the long season.
If you look at the table this way, Petr Cech may be right, which is disappointing for the Premier League. It is better for the Premier League if there are more than three teams in the title race after 11 games. A race between only three teams is not as interesting for the majority of the viewers other than fans of those particular teams.
Is there a way for the Premier League to make the league more competitive and allow some smaller clubs to compete with the larger clubs? Would you want more teams being able to compete for the title? Let us know what your thoughts are regarding the Premier League title race!
Written By: Eric Stoyanov, Contributing Writer, soccerprose.com
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