Predictions at the start of the 2021/22 Premier League campaign pointed at an exciting title race with four to five teams all with a chance.
11 games in and the prediction couldn’t be any spot on.
Just six points separate the top five teams ahead of a busy schedule that will run up until Christmas.
In comparison with last season at the same stage, four points separated the same number of teams and it was seventh-placed Man City that roared to the crown in May.
High-profile matches are lined up with title contenders set to go head-to-head in what could make or break their seasons.
Chelsea are top of the table on 26 points, three ahead of defending champions Manchester City.
They have enjoyed a good season so far, and will be confident when action resumes. They however dropped points at home last time out, drawing 1-1 against Burnley.
Up next for Thomas Tuchel’s side is a tricky trip to King Power Stadium to take on Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City.
They then play Man United in Matchweek 13, before a London derby against West Ham two weeks later.
Man City have the easiest run of fixtures, on paper, as they face teams below the top seven in their remaining fixtures of the year.
David Moyes’ inform West Ham have shown they are no pushovers and will once again be pushing the big boys to the end.
They have picked maximum points in their last four games, including a thrilling win against Liverpool last time out.
They however have Man City and Chelsea in a space of seven days, and it will be a measure of character for them.
Liverpool started the season like a house on fire, but have not been clinical in their last couple of games.
They have dropped points in their last two matches and will be looking to avoid a third when they host Arsenal this weekend.
They however have a ‘softer’ schedule as they don’t face any ‘top five’ side for the remainder of the year.
Mikel Arteta’s side on the other hand will be feeling confident traveling to Anfield as they are unbeaten in their last 11 games in all competitions.
They however have a poor record at the Merseyside stadium, losing five of their last fixtures with at least three goals.