With champions Chelsea floundering so badly for most of the season and after an explosive start, Manchester City were supposed to be coasting to the title by now.
A faltering campaign however, containing several shock results, has seen City fall off the pace and even been required to look over their shoulder with regards to their Champions League status in recent weeks.
Manuel Pellegrini’s men have slipped out to 11/2 with most bookies but those odds look good for a side with so much quality, experience and a game in hand.
There is plenty to suggest that City could be the favourites to overhaul Leicester, currently 10 points in front of them. Here are three reasons the Manchester outfit look dangerous.
Sergio Aguero represents a one man title bid. Is the little Argentine the best player in the division? Quite possibly.
The forward has 16 goals in the top flight this term and is hot on the heels of Vardy, Kane and Lukaku.
Aguero though has played far less Premier League minutes due to injury and there is no doubt City would be closer to the summit had he been available throughout.
Their talisman now is back in business and few would bet against him overtaking his competitors to finish top of the scoring pile in May.
Such a run would have a massive impact on the outcome of the title itself. With or without Aguero, City have more firepower than any of their rivals.
The Etihad Stadium outfit have netted 52 times so far; equal to Leicester but with a game less played. The goals of their star man and the understanding he forms with David Silva over the last two months could be pivotal.
City’s vast riches have put them in a privileged position compared to their title rivals.
While Arsenal have a large squad, injuries have reduced their overall quality at key moments and they have suffered accordingly.
Spurs have been fortunate in this regard but the absence of Jan Vertonghen is currently impacting upon the solid quality of their side which helped them rise into contention.
Leicester meanwhile, with the smallest squad of the four, have had incredible luck.
There is no doubt that prolonged absences of Aguero and Vincent Kompany have affected the league position of Pellegrini’s side this term.
Despite this though, they remain in contention and those players are now back in the fold. What impact will the loss of Cech have on Arsenal? Would a Vardy or Mahrez injury derail Leicester entirely?
City can take the blows and keep moving forward which means they will come close.
Pellegrini himself is clearly keen to win the Champions League, something which has eluded a string of City managers since the club’s rags to riches transformation.
The players are playing for their futures at a club anticipating the arrival of Europe’s premier coach in Pep Guardiola. Expect them to finish strong.
Pellegrini is a popular figure and most will want to do him proud while simultaneously catching the eye of the incoming boss.
Aside from Leicester, the Citizens also have the advantage of the easiest looking fixtures which includes their game in hand.
In the penultimate week of the season Arsenal visit the Etihad. A game in which City have home advantage as the players and manager alike attempt to sign off the Pellegrini reign in style.