As we approach the halfway point of this Premier League season, one thing is for certain – nothing is certain.
At this stage a frontrunner usually emerges; one team that seems to have a level of consistency that makes them at least partial favourites to lift the trophy at the end of the season.
Sometimes it’s a couple of teams; two clubs who are quite clearly on a different level to the rest of the league.
This year, there is no such frontrunner.
If one was forced to call one of the teams at the top of the league a ‘frontrunner’, it would be difficult to look beyond Leicester City, who are continuing to perform well above expectations, and currently sit at the top of the table.
Conventional wisdom would suggest that Leicester’s time in the sun is limited, but the fact of the matter is that there is no other side that looks capable of usurping Claudio Ranieri’s team.
Arsenal appear the closest, but as any avid fan will know only too well, Arsene Wenger’s charges have this uncanny knack of cocking things up when everything seems to be going in their favour.
Man City have looked imperious at times this season, but another loss at the weekend has demonstrated once more their vulnerabilities, whilst their hometown counterparts Man United are extremely inconsistent, play a horrible style of football and seem to have real trouble hitting the back of the net.
The reality is that any of the above teams could win the league, and whilst we’re at it, it wouldn’t be beyond the realm of possibility for Liverpool or Tottenham to infiltrate the list of potential winners.
One team that doesn’t look capable of, well, anything is Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea, with their latest loss at home to Bournemouth hammering yet another nail into the coffin holding their hopes of European qualification.
If I was a betting man, I’d be very confused this season. My head tells me that Leicester simply won’t be able to continue this form into the New Year and beyond. But at the same time my head tells me that Chelsea are the title holders, have a massively talented and expensively assembled squad and one of the best managers in the world, so we can’t always go by what our heads tells us.
One thing’s for sure, there is a massive opportunity to one of the clubs I’ve mentioned to make the league theirs this season. In a year where consistency has gone out the window, the first team to develop and maintain consistently positive results is almost certain to emerge with the spoils. The neutral in me hopes that club is Leicester – and it certainly is far too early to write them off.