Premier League already a two-horse race

The Premier League has proudly owned the title of the world's best league for many years. It's competitive atmosphere in every game and the possibility of a giant-killing every week has justified this label, rather than having the best players in the world.


This season however, it seems that two teams are emerging high above the rest. A few teams scramble for third and fourth, slipping up every so often, making the top two increasingly unobtainable

This is eerily reminiscent of another top European league - La Liga. Real Madrid and Barcelona compete against each other for the Spanish crown, leaving the others looking longingly upwards, the title well out of reach. The English first division is no longer far away from this formula, and the title race is becoming dangerously close to being a two-horse race.

This move towards a more orthodox European model is stimulated by the spending gap. Much like Real Madrid and Barcelona, the resources available to the top two English teams are multiple times that of other teams in the league. Thus, together with their world-renowned prestige, they can attract the best players.

The embarrassingly weak Financial Fair Play regulations cannot achieve a monetarily fair playing field, and if the laws are not changed rapidly, the Premier League's inequality will continue to grow.

Manchester City’s recent results are demonstrative of this inequality. They have won twice by five goals, and once by six. These results would feel more at home in division four of the Watford Friendly League than at the Etihad.

If the Premier League’s status is to be preserved, each game must be more competitive with the top sides.

Without the world’s best players, and now without the renowned competition, the Premier League’s place as the world’s best league may be in doubt.

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