Check in on the Premier League Race

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Posted 21st January 2014 - Posted in Club News Hallam Check in -

There's another week to go before Hallam plays a match again. On top of that, the Premier League is well into its second half and starting toward its home stretch. So with those facts in mind, it feels like the perfect time to take a peek at what's going on at the top of English football. The 2013-14 Premier League season is shaping up to be one of the most competitive in some time, which means if you're not paying attention already you may want to consider tuning in!

This past weekend saw continued strong play from the clubs atop the standings. And by this point, it's safe to say some favourites have emerged. Here's a look at just where some of those favoured teams stand with 16 matches to go.

Manchester City
Manchester City's 4-2 dispatching of Cardiff City at the Etihad Stadium in Week 22 was just the latest in a series of drubbings by arguably the strongest team in English football. Man City entered the season as favourites and according to Betfair's online betting odds, there isn't much that's changed. The club's 4/5 betting odds to win the League are based on the most up-to-date results, and they place Man City squarely above the rest of the competition. Things get tricky in the coming weeks, however, as Man City will visit Tottenham (sixth in the League and having a strong season) on January 29. Then, they'll host powerhouse Chelsea the following week.

Chelsea
Chelsea notched another strong win this past weekend, taking care of business against floundering Manchester United behind a hat trick from Eto'o. The win helped the Blues to keep pace with Man City and League leader Arsenal with 49 points to date (two behind the lead). Also, Chelsea maintained the second best odds to win the title at 11/4. The aforementioned Week 24 match with Man City at Etihad Stadium will help one team or the other to gain the slightest bit of separation. And with weeks of winnable matches to follow, Chelsea will be pulling out all the stops.

Arsenal
A 2-0 home win over Fulham at Emirates Stadium kept the Gunners in the League lead. They're one point ahead of Man City and two ahead of Chelsea. The oddsmakers still seem to have some doubts about Arsenal, however, as their 7/2 odds are only third best to win the title. That said, Arsenal have a fairly favourable schedule for the next several weeks, and have been nothing but consistent this season. Notching a win at Liverpool on February 8th should be the biggest test before a Week 31 match with Chelsea, which is certainly one to highlight on the schedule.

At this point in the season, there's a significant drop-off following these three favourites. Liverpool had put itself in the mix behind the stellar play of Luis Suarez, but a 2-2 draw with Aston Villa this past weekend was a bit of a blow given how steadily the top three are setting the pace. From here on out, the competition between Man City, Chelsea and Arsenal should be a delight to watch!

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