Arsenal holds top EPL spot at the midway point

Published Monday, December 30, 2013 11:33 AM by William Montero
Arsenal holds top EPL spot at the midway point

The halfway point of the 2013-2014 English Premier League season is upon us and what a title race we have.  Any number of teams are still in the hunt.

Arsenal holds onto the top spot heading into the new year, but it is only a lead by the slimmest of margins.  Manchester City and Chelsea are right on their heels.  Both are within a game of The Gunners.

Manchester City might just need to be considered the favorites.  Unbeaten in their last seven and with wins over Arsenal and Liverpool in December, but three of their next four on the road.  The deepest squad in the league and a daunting home field.  Once Aguero returns from injury look out.  

Jose Mourinho has Chelsea moving in the right direction.  Only two points out of the lead the team should be a force until the end.  If they could get any striker play Chelsea could be champions.

Everton just keep plugging along and sit an impressive 4th at the midway point.  They'll have to really push to hold onto a Champions League spot, but they are a very difficult side to beat.  Definite Europa team.

Liverpool has fallen back after successive road losses at Manchester City and Chelsea.  They are facing some injury concerns and need to use the upcoming transfer window to deepen the squad.  Can they regain form or will the Holiday losses linger into the new year?

Watch out for Manchester United.  It looks like they are finally on the front foot after struggling mightily early on.  Five straight wins have United climbing the table as they are up to 6th and dangerous.

Tottenham have been a disappointment so far this year.  Seventh is just not good enough and a managerial change confirms it.  Personally, I think 7th is about where they finish.

Newcastle has been a nice surprise as they hold onto 8th.  St James Park gives them a strong home field in the north and Loic Remy has impressed.  Definitely a top 8 side in the end.

The fight at the bottom of the table will be intense as six teams sit within four points of the bottom.  Any of the six could change their fortunes in the coming transfer window with a quality signing or two.  Can Clint Dempsey rescue Fulham during his two month loan period?