2021/22 Premier League Match Day 11 fixtures have shown that the number of horses for the title race is not yet certain, with some of the favorites slipping up in games they were expected to come out tops.
The league table has also seen some reshuffling in positions at the top, as West Ham moved to third after beating Liverpool 3:2 at the London Stadium on Sunday, Arsenal overtaking Manchester United on the log to sit in 5th while the latter slipped downwards after losing 2 goals to nil to Manchester City at Old Trafford in the Manchester Derby on Saturday.
The Red Devils started the season on a high and were tipped as one of the major contenders for the title, considering Cristiano Ronaldo’s acquisitions and Jadon Sancho’s acquisitions. However, they’ve been handed reality checks in recent weeks by Leicester, Liverpool, and supposedly noisy neighbors Manchester City.
Their slip in recent weeks has seen them lose ground in the title race as they now sit 6th on the log, 5 points off the top4, and 9 points off league leaders Chelsea. It should come as no surprise that fans are clamoring for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to be relieved of his managerial position at the club.
Meanwhile, a surprise contender is rising in Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal. The Gunners seem to have put their poor start to the season behind them and have been resurgent in recent weeks.
A look at the table shows that they are in form and have not lost in the last 6 games, the same can’t be said for those above them. They’ve won 4 and drawn 2 of their last 6 games and this is a pointer that they’ve turned their season around against all odds.
David Moyes’ West Ham narrowly missed out on a place in the UCL last season but are looking to go one better this season. It’s still early days but they are showing intent and proving that their last season’s performance was not a fluke.
The supposed favorites in Manchester City, Chelsea, and Liverpool have been impressive since the start of the season, although the latter have fallen short in their last two games.
Chelsea were also complacent against Burnley at Stamford Bridge and it also cost them two points, all working in favor of Man City.
Is the 2021/22 Premier League a one, two, three, or four-horse race? This question is begging to be answered after the series of results and the league standings before the November international break.
The recent results have made it exciting as we approach the business end of the season where the contenders must prove themselves.
Regardless, we look forward to the games that will come after the international break to have a hint of who are the genuine title contenders in the ongoing 2021/22 Premier League title race.
Kenneth is a an avid soccer follower, fan and writer. He is a consistent follower of the sport and is a fan of Chelsea FC.