Five weeks left. Three title contenders. Could the Premier League be any more exciting entering Week 34?
Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City each took care of business last weekend and sit in that order at the top of the table. Luis Suarez's crew closed out Sunday's matches with a 2-1 win over West Ham to take a slim, two-point lead while Manchester City still have the advantage with two games in hand.
By the time Matchday 34 draws to a close, City will have made up one of those matches and two of the top three contenders will have squared off. Still, it's dubious that things will be any clearer after that, as this title race looks like it's going to be decided in the final week.
Let's break it all down as the EPL enters Week 34.
|2013-14 Premier League Table: Week 34|
|11||West Ham United||33||10||7||16||-7||37|
|16||West Bromwich Albion||32||6||14||12||-11||32|
Nobody has a bigger week and a half coming up than Manchester City.
The Citizens travel to Anfield for perhaps the most important, title-impacting matchup of the season against Liverpool on Sunday. After that, they face Sunderland to make up one of their extra matches and could end up with the lead, should they win both of those.
However, losing to a hot Reds squad could spell doom and catapult Liverpool toward the title.
With Chelsea just two games back from Liverpool and traveling to play Swansea, City have much more than Liverpool to worry about. Fail to at least draw the Reds and beat Sunderland, and Manchester City could see the Blues run away with things as well.
Luis Suarez (29 goals) and Daniel Sturridge (20 goals) have been ripping up nets all across the EPL this season, especially at home. If Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart and the defense led by Vincent Kompany falter, Liverpool will put up three or four goals in a heartbeat.
And considering Liverpool still won without goals from their two scorers for the first time this year, per Squawka Football, they should be in good shape:
That's not the only race going on in the Premier League, however. Those three clubs pretty much have Champions League spots wrapped up, but the fourth and final one is coming down to a barnburner between Everton and Arsenal.
The Gunners were in the title race much of the year, but have faltered as of late and sit just one point ahead of Everton after the Toffees throttled them 3-0 during Week 33.
Here's what Arsenal's players and manager Arsene Wenger had to say, per the club's Twitter account:
Now, Arsenal will have to bounce back against West Ham while Everton travel to Sunderland. If the Gunners don't pick up three points, they will likely lose their spot for the time being.
Of course, there's always Manchester United and Tottenham not far behind of them. But time is running out, and it's looking more and more like a two-club race for the final Champions League slot.
Arsenal and Everton will certainly both be gunning for that, but there's no doubt that all eyes will be on the three-headed monster vying for the coveted EPL title.
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