We are approaching the midway point in the 2019-20 Premier League season, and this is the stage of the campaign where the table settles down and the 20 teams in the standings know exactly the challenges which face them.
Here a look at some of the storylines which are brewing and what we should look out for in the second half of the season.
Title Race Could Come Down To The Wire Again
It did not take long into 2019-20 campaign for Liverpool and Manchester City to break away from the rest of the pack and establish the two-horse title race, just like it was last season between the rivals.
FULL-TIME Aston Villa 1-2 Liverpool
— Premier League (@premierleague) November 2, 2019
Liverpool currently have the advantage over Pep Guardiola’s side; however, City are starting to find their form again, so it would be no surprise if they reduced their deficit over the next couple of months.
The title race all looks set up for another close finish that could go down to the final game of the season once again. Liverpool are the favourites at 4/5 in the Premier League betting for the title, while Manchester City are not far behind at 6/5.
Leicester In The Running For A Top-Four Spot
One of the most fascinating storylines in the Premier League this season is the race for a top-four spot. When you consider that Manchester City and Liverpool look certain to take two of those places, it leaves Arsenal, Chelsea, Leicester, Manchester United and Tottenham fighting for the reaming spots.
Leicester have made an excellent start to their campaign and look to have enough quality to be serious contenders for a Champions League place. Their 9-0 victory away to Southampton shows how clinical they can be with the depth of quality they have.
Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham have all struggled for form and will need to improve quickly if they are to turn their season around. At the moment, the advantage would have to be given to the Foxes who are at 8/11 in the top-four betting.
Norwich Looked Destined For Championship Despite Fast Start
— Yahoo Sport UK (@YahooSportUK) September 14, 2019
When they beat Manchester City at Carrow Road earlier in the season, Norwich fans were optimistic that they could have a really good campaign, with even a top-half finish a realistic possibility. Sadly for the Canaries, they have struggled since then.
One of Norwich’s biggest problems has been at the back. They have been consistently leaking goals, which has put pressure on the likes of Teemu Pukki to keep on scoring to keep them in games.
Norwich have only Watford below them in the table at the moment, and the worry for both teams is that they have started to become detached from the teams just above the drop zone. If things continue for those two teams, they will be planning for a return to the Championship next season.
Remember, the transfer window re-opens on January. So, all 20 teams will have the chance to add to their squads for the second half of the campaign.