Of course, in a situation such as the one presenting itself in the league at this stage, it is easy to make the reasonably basic suggestion that Chelsea will get their players back and power off toward the title and glory for their latest manager.
It is however not nearly so simple as it seems, for though the Pensioners have the games-in-hand over their closest rivals, they still have not looked unbeatable despite on several occasions putting opponents to the sword in less than 45 minutes.
For all the moaning and wailing coming from United fans and the various foretelling's of doom being expounded by the pundits and web scribes, Manchester United are now top of the table and waiting as they always do for the mistakes that have dogged so many of their rivals in the past.
Everyone who watches the title race with interest realises now that this season is a lot more even than previous years, with slip ups coming thick and fast, from all of the teams that would normally, not bat an eyelid at a trip to less established premiership sides.
The galvanisation of squads and managers in the pursuit of the financial might that surviving in the premiership gives has not been quite so magical to see for quite some time now, and, even at this stage, it is still very difficult to say who will be relegated.
With some outlandishly odd scorelines and incidents, this season has definitely lived up to expectation, and should in the next few weeks really begin to ignite, with various interruptions and international arrangements it has been smoldering away for some time now.
Chelsea, United, Arsenal, and Spurs make the top four, with Manchester City level on points with Spurs with a game in hand. The top three are of course 10 points clear of fourth. If any of these teams can take this competition by the throat in the coming weeks you would imagine it would be tough to drag them back into the chasing pack.
With the three teams who are clear so close together, it will be in the games against the chasing pack that the title will be decided and less so in the head to head fixtures.
Who can win it? Who will bottle it? The sweet and gentle voice of father time will whisper the news to us in his slow methodical way in the coming weeks. Until he manages to formulate his words, we shall have to sit by and imagine the possibilities before us and what they may bring.
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