After 12 games, there is no clear winner in the Premier League. However, the top teams are beginning to emerge and the match between Liverpool and Manchester City on Saturday will have an impact on the title race.
Many teams have begun their seasons strongly, but Manchester City remains in their typical position at the top. The first five clubs are only separated by three points, but even with Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham, and Aston Villa’s strong performances, they are still chasing after Pep Guardiola’s team.
If Saturday’s match in eastern Manchester does not result in a tie, there may be a significant impact on morale. If City earns the points, it will solidify their position as the team to beat. However, if Liverpool emerges victorious, it will demonstrate their progress since placing fifth in the previous season.
I believe that this season, we will witness a tightly contested race for the title, with City, Liverpool, and Arsenal all in the mix until the end. In my observation of Arsenal’s games, I have noticed a greater level of maturity in their approach, as Mikel Arteta has chosen to sacrifice his flashy attacking style for better control. This change in tactics may hinder their goal-scoring ability. Last season, they had a higher level of intensity and energy, but it seems that Arteta has toned it down in order to better manage games, especially with the added challenge of Champions League matches. While this adjustment may keep them in contention for a longer period, I do not think they have enough to clinch the title just yet.