‘It will be some race’ – pick your ultimate title chasers

5 February 2024 0 By Total Football News

Kevin de Bruyne, Bukayo Saka and Mohamed SalahWill Kevin de Bruyne, Bukayo Saka or Mohamed Salah – or none of the above – be winning the title this season?

Manchester City’s 3-1 win over Brentford has set up the tightest title race in eight years.

The top three – Liverpool, City and Arsenal – are separated by only two points after 23 games (22 games for City).

That is the first time it has been so close at this stage since 2015-16, the season Leicester City won the title.

But there is more to it than that, with Aston Villa only five points off Liverpool and Tottenham another two points behind.

It is a decade since the top five have been so close at this stage.

“I think it’s a five-horse race because they have to believe, otherwise why bother? It is a hell of a race, it is a really good race. It feels like it’s all falling into place for Manchester City though,” said Chris Sutton, who won the Premier League with Blackburn Rovers, on BBC Radio 5 Live.

Former Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given, who played for Manchester City and Aston Villa, added: “You have to mention Villa as well in the title race. But in my opinion it’s a three-horse race.”

Arsenal’s 3-1 win over Liverpool on Sunday could prove to be a big moment, with leaders Liverpool, who could have moved eight points above the Gunners, suffering a first domestic defeat since September.

“The Liverpool result was a perfect result for Manchester City,” said Given. “It’s up to them to prove why they are champions and why they will be champions again. I am sure they will go on to win the league.”

So of the teams still in the title race, who would you pick in a combined XI?

Pick your XI from our list and share with your friends.