City lead the way over Liverpool and Chelsea heading into the festive period, but things remain tight at the top of the Premier League.
The Reds sit just a point behind Pep Guardiola’s side, while Chelsea sit four points off them after dropping five points in their last three games.
The title race is expected to be fought between those three sides though, and despite the tight nature, City remain the favourites to retain their crown.
Who among these three sides are you backing to lift the premier league trophy in may? Join the discussion and share your views.
Man City win
1 - Manchester City will sit top of the table on Christmas Day, something Liverpool had done in each of the last three seasons. Indeed, the Citizens have gone on to win the title in the two previous campaigns in which they’ve done so (2011-12 & 2017-18). Tree.
Top of the Premier League table on Christmas Day in the past five seasons:
2017/18 = Man City
2018/19 = Liverpool
2019/20 = Liverpool
2020/21 = Liverpool
2021/22 = Man City
City have won the league in three of the past four anyway.
Chelsea and Liverpool drop points while Manchester City win their eighth straight league game on Sunday
Chelsea are six points behind leaders City after one win in their last four league games.
It won’t get any easier in January
City made it eight wins in a row with a convincing victory at Newcastle, while Liverpool and Chelsea were held to draws - meaning the top contenders now sit within six points of each other.
Top of the Premier League coming up to Christmas:
1⃣ Man City | 44pts
2⃣ Liverpool | 41 pts
3⃣ Chelsea | 38 pts
Man City have never lost a PL title race after being top on Christmas day…
Odds are definitely in City’s favour.
The team top of the table on Dec. 25 has gone on to win the title 53.5% of the time (on 15 of the 28 previous seasons) since the Premier League was established in 1992-93. Yet, twice in the past 3seasons the team top at Christmas have failed to lift the title. Both times it has been Liverpool - first surrendering a 4-point lead in 2018-19 and then a 5-point lead in 2020-21, dethroned by City on both occasions in the new year.
Liverpool have been top of the Premier League table on Dec. 25 6 times since 1992-93, but have only managed to go on and win the title from that position once: back in 2019-20.
Only one club have topped the table on Christmas Day more times than the Reds, and that is Manchester United who have claimed top-flight festive superiority on 7 occasions, though the last time United were top at Christmas was also the last time they won the title (2012-13).
Man City have been top at Christmas twice and both times went onto be crowned champions (in 2011-12 and 2017-18.)
Incredibly, Chelsea have topped the table on Christmas Day 5 times and have gone onto win the title in all 5 instances, the last of which was 2016-17 under Antonio Conte.
Most PL goals in a calendar year…
106 - Man City (2021)
102 - Man City (2017)
99 - Man City (2018)
95 - Man City (2019) & Man Utd (2000)
i think chelsea will catch them
I don’t think Chelsea stands a chance. Their injury troubles aside, they also lack a consistent goal scorer this season. If you’re going to win a league title, all your attackers has to be lethal consistently. Chelsea lacks that at the moment.
Chelsea’s Premier League title dreams are fading away
Man City are EIGHT points clear at the top of the Premier League.
Chelsea and Liverpool face each other on Sunday
Chelsea’s last five home games in the Premier League:
◉ Chelsea 1-1 Burnely
◉ Chelsea 1-1 Manchester United
◉ Chelsea 3-2 Leeds
◉ Chelsea 1-1 Everton
◉ Chelsea 1-1 Brighton
Four 1-1 draws. Eight points dropped.
Anything can happen” - Virgil van Dijk refuses to concede defeat in Premier League title race and admits Liverpool need to focus on themselves
Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has revealed anything can happen in the title race after the Reds fell six points behind Manchester City.
Jürgen Klopp’s side created enough chances to beat Leicester City, but could not breach Kasper Schmeichel’s goal as Leicester won 1-0 at home. The Reds also missed a penalty in the first half and were denied by a couple of brilliant Schmeichel saves.
Victory at the King Power Stadium meant Leicester avenged their Carabao Cup quarter-final defeat against the Reds.
It was Liverpool’s second defeat this season and left them level on points with Chelsea in the league table. Van Dijk, however, tried to focus on the positives and said there were a lot of games left to close the gap on Manchester City: