Gone are the days that the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United would slog it out for the league title. Gone are the days when United would win four on the bounce. Gone even, are the days when there was a clear ‘big four’ clubs fighting it out for the Premier League trophy.
We are currently in a unique era of not only English football, but top flight football in general, in the sense that at the start of a season, any of six clubs could win the league.
Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham now make up what people refer to as ‘the big six’.
These select few teams are now heads and shoulders above the rest of the league, with the gap growing every year.
However, with this ‘big six’ mentality, only two thirds of them can finish in the Champions League spots through league qualification, making competition more fierce than ever.
Jamie Carragher has had his say on who will make the top four this season: “On the evidence of what we’ve seen I’d say Arsenal or Manchester United from what we’ve seen in these opening six games.
“The others look a little bit further up.
“Tottenham have had a little bit of a wobble, a good result for them yesterday but it will be really tight and it always is with the top six.
“I think the top six are so far ahead now that if just one or two of them teams on any given weekend drop points it feels like a really big thing for the rest of the other teams because a lot of the other dropped points come from each other.
“So far Liverpool winning, City winning, for Tottenham and Arsenal, for Chelsea and United to drop points against two of the lesser sides it’s a really big thing.
“City showed last year – and whoever is going to win the title this year – that the points total now to win the title – it was 80 or so when I was playing – but it’s 90 plus now.”
Still, Jamie, I’m sure that whoever misses out will still be within spitting distance of the leading pack.
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