It's tough at the top. Well, joint top, but that's top never the less, isn't it?
Liverpool and Chelsea go into this weekends round of fixtures locked together at the summit of the Premier League, with only goal difference separating them.
Chelsea have been impressive against the weaker sides this season but have struggled against both Manchester United and Liverpool, getting just one point from the game against United and losing their fantastic 86 league winning streak at home to Liverpool.
Tottenham also managed a draw at Stamford Bridge under Juande Ramos, before the Spaniard was given the boot.
Liverpool have beaten Merseyside rivals Everton away, Manchester United at home and Chelsea away, and in doing so have managed nine points out of the three biggest games of the season so far.
The odds that Newcastle can maybe sneak a point at the Bridge on Saturday may be obscene, but you just never know this season. Man United trail both Liverpool and Chelsea by eight points, and Arsenal seem to have pressed the big red button in the Emirates labelled "Do Not Push!" with Gallas the prime suspect for that.
Liverpool play host to Fulham, a side that are doing relatively well under Roy Hodgson, but you'd expect three points from the Anfield side in all honesty.
Chelsea entertain Arsenal next weekend, which begs to be an absolute powderkeg of a game crying to be ignited. Liverpool play West Ham at the turn of December, so, with both teams flying high, who knows what will happen come Christmas.
What has to be said is that Liverpool are definitely challenging this year, and that's what the Anfield faithful have been crying out for for years.
If this challenge is to be sustained, then a few players in the January transfer window need to be obtained with a few moving in the opposite direction... (cough..Dossena, Degen.. cough).
If both teams can carry on their fantastic form then it will be hard to pick between them for the top spot, with United and Arsenal battling it out for third and fourth place.
What has to be said is that Manchester United just simply cannot be discounted from the title race, as many a pundit has said over the years "Never write United off".
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