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EPL: At Least it's a Two-Horse Race
The Guardian, December 11th, 2006 2:35PM



Looks like we have a title race on our hands, a rare and special occurrence in the EPL these days. After Chelsea coasted to victory in the last two seasons and Arsenal went undefeated in 2003-04, it's been four years since the neutrals have had a Premiership dogfight to look forward to, but this year, as Manchester United currently holds on to an eight-point lead over defending champion Chelsea, the table has been set for a classic second half of the season. Granted, that eight-point gap looks a lot bigger when you factor out Chelsea's game in hand, which the Sky Blues take care of Wednesday when they host Newcastle, but anything less than a win means points picked up by Man United. Last year at this time the Red Devils were already 12 points behind the would-be champions, and the role reversal has Jose Mourinho and co. reeling. Instead of 10 wins from 16, United has won 13 games while conceding just eight goals, compared to 14 last year. After Sunday's 1-1 draw with Arsenal at Stamford Bridge, a dismissive Mourinho said, "I think after Wednesday we will be five points behind and what is five points in a long Premiership season." Later, he added, "If [Sir Alex Ferguson] thinks it's over he's in trouble, because it's not over." You better believe Ferguson doesn't think it's over. Neither do we. Read the original story...

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