We are fast approaching the half-way point in the season and it seems that Liverpool are running away with the title this year. Despite a tough schedule to start off the season, the team has gone 12 games without losing (with only one draw) including wins over Tottenham, Chelsea, Arsenal, and of course Manchester City. If you are someone that is very good at predicting who is going to win, these skybet RAB tips can really help you win some big bucks.
They are eight points clear from their nearest rivals and have not yet been troubled by injuries. So, you could be forgiven for thinking that the Premier League title is already done and dusted. Thankfully, however, football is rarely that simple, and there is plenty of it still to be played. That means that the club will need to be constantly looking over its shoulder for the teams that are hoping to make up ground. Here we take a look at three teams that look set to be Liverpool’s biggest challengers for the title as the season goes on.
The reigning Premier League champions don’t look to be in a particularly strong position to defend their title. They are currently nine points adrift of Liverpool and have already lost to them once this season. Failing to replace the monumental presence of outgoing skipper Vincent Kompany has left a serious hole in the team – not just in terms of central defence, but in terms of natural leaders.
Team veterans David Silva and Sergio Aguero do their talking on the pitch, but are hardly the people to fire up a team that now finds itself in a position where it will need to chase every point. Worse still, they are all over the place at the back. No combination of centre backs seems to create a winning tandem, and while Kyle Walker’s play at right back has been predictably consistent, over on the other side of the pitch no-one seems capable of keeping the left back spot. Opinion is divided on whether Zinchenko, Mendy or Angelino deserve the starting role. And Pep Guardiola seems to be the person most indecisive on the matter.
Nevertheless, City cannot be counted out. Any team that can count on the attack talents of Aguero, Sterling, De Bruyne, Silva, Bernardo Silva, Mahrez, and Sane will never have trouble scoring. If City can get their defence right, and even bring in some fresh talent in January, they will be in the hunt.
Leicester have a team that is truly in form. Names like Jamie Vardy and James Maddison have been some of the most consistent in the league this season, and it is no surprise that they find themselves second at this point in the season. It remains unclear whether they have the kind of depth in their squad to repeat their miraculous title win from 2016. But they certainly have the firepower and team chemistry to chase Liverpool all the way.
Losing Eden Hazard and facing a transfer embargo made Chelsea’s strong start to the season unlikely. But Frank Lampard’s bold managerial choices have reaped big rewards so far, putting his faith in young English talents like Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount. It may be too early for Lampard and his young team. But the Blues have the enthusiasm and energy to keep Liverpool on their toes.