Are Manchester City still in the title race or are they in a top four battle?

Are Manchester City still in the title race or are they in a top four battle?
Mar 4, 2016

Manchester City

For City fans, this season has been a mixture of constant stress and success, something us City fans are used to. Likely to progress to the Champions League quarter-finals, City have already answered the doubters claims that they will never go far in the Champions League. But, the Premier League is where the problems lie for City. Picking up only 3 points from a possible 33 against the current top eight is an abysmal record. Ten points of the top, albeit with a game in hand; the question is, are City still in the title race or are they battling for a top four place?

With fixtures fast approaching, can City string together a run of form that propels them up the table? For me, City are far too unpredictable to suggest anything. With Leicester, Arsenal and Tottenham slipping up this weekend, it was a brilliant opportunity to make up some ground on the title race, and after that shambolic display against Liverpool, it leaves us ten points of the top with a game in hand against Newcastle. West Ham and United picked up 1-0 wins over Spurs’ and Watford, with United moving level on points and West Ham just one point off us in 6th. For City fans, this position isn’t new and we’ve done it before. Having been 9 points off Liverpool 2 years ago, City still kept on battling and won their 2nd title in 3 years. City have the experience and firepower that Spurs, Leicester and Arsenal don’t have. With fixtures coming up such as Villa and Norwich, Manchester City could turn their season around and make sure Pep gets Champions League football next year.

In my opinion, City are rightly in a top four battle but, are still clinging on in the title race. Although, City, arguably, have the easiest run in our of the top 4 teams. The average position of City’s opponents is 12.3. In contrast, Arsenal’s final opponents average a position of 11.7, Leicester’s opponents is 11.9, while Spurs’ renaming opponents average 10.9. This, obviously, won’t pan out as it looks like though as this roller coaster of a season can make a momentous shift yet again. Certain players this season have underperformed although City have been unlucky with injuries. With Pep coming in, I would have expected the players to kick on but that has massively backfired. With Agüero firing, Kompany as solid as usual and De Bruyne’s return, I am strangely optimistic about the rest of the season. Now is the time for City to put a good run together and fire us to the top of the league, although we have to assure top 4 first. Pep’s imminent arrival, Quarter-Final of the Champions League and for me, not only in a top 4 battle but still in a title race. Don’t write us off just yet.

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