- The Premier League title race is gradually taking shape as it enters the second half of the season
- Manchester City have shown clear intent to retain the title after cementing their lead at the top of the table
- Both Liverpool and Chelsea faltered in their respective fixtures to allow Manchester City take control
Man City have stretched their lead at the top of the Premier League table following their 4-0 comfortable win over Newcastle on Sunday, December 19.
The Citizens now have a three-point advantage over second-placed Liverpool who dropped points at Tottenham Hotspur.
Jurgen Klopp's charges were out for a win during their trip to north London but were held to a disappointing 2-2 draw to stumble in the title race.
Chelsea lose further grip in title race
Chelsea suffered a similar fate when they travelled to Wolves as they had to settle for another draw away from home.
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The Blues, who had dropped points in their previous outing against Everton were lucky to pick a point against Wolves as David Podence had his goal ruled out for offside.
The result leaves them in third place with 38 points, six off leaders City who have 44.
Arsenal consolidate top 4 spot
Arsenal complete the top four slots thanks to their convincing win over Leeds United.
The Gunners, who have enjoyed somewhat resurgence hit four goals past a sorry Leeds side to climb to fourth with 32 points.
West Ham are placed fifth with 28 points, a point ahead of Man United who have two matches to play.
Spurs' vital point against Liverpool has them in seventh with 26 points - but with three games in hand.
On the other end of the table, Burnley, Newcastle, and Norwich are all rocked in the relegation zone, with Watford two points off safety.
Man City backed to retain EPL
Earlier, Legit.ng reported former Chelsea star Tony Cascarino has backed Man City to retain their Premier League crown this season.
City are among the frontrunners for the domestic title this term but will be wary of stiff competition from Liverpool and Chelsea.
While there is little separating the three frontrunners, Cascarino contends City are on course to retaining the Premier League crown.