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After months of predictable league standings that saw Manchester City perched firmly atop the table, there's a slight--but important--change in the EPL pecking order. Manchester United is finally in familiar territory, as the club has managed to gain a one-point lead over City, and is on top of the list.
Roberto Mancini's stellar City squad had to face a 1-0 loss at the hands of Swansea City last week. This unexpected result spells the first loss for Man City since their 1-0 loss against Everton on January 31. With tough teams like Chelsea and Arsenal on their schedule during the next month, the Citizens will have to bounce back in a big way to stay in the title hunt.
Manchester United, on the other hand, is a club that is used to close title races, and no one summed this up better than their legendary manager, Alex Ferguson, when he said, "We won't get nervous. We have the experience," as the Red Devils eye their 20th league triumph.
Given the momentum Man U has had since the 2-1 win over Liverpool over a month ago, Wayne Rooney and company should be able to deliver routine wins over the next few weeks. Unless the Red Devils choke--which is not a common occurrence--we are in for an exciting finish to the English Premier League this season.
Meanwhile, third place Tottenham has been struggling over the last few weeks. After their 5-0 win over Newcastle on February 11, the Spurs have failed to add a single point to their league tally. Manager Harry Redknapp has a big task ahead of him as he tries to maintain daylight between his club and the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea.
And speaking of Arsenal and Chelsea, the two London clubs are currently only separated by a two goals. The Gunners in question just took on Newcastle, evening up the number of games played, and defeated them in a 2-1 victory in a seriously close match. These results definitely put Newcastle out of the running for a place in the top 4 while Arsenal can now set their sights on 3rd place.
Update: Arsenal's current tally stands at 28-16-4-8-18-52.
-Picture courtesy Reuters-
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