After a weekend off thanks to the FA Cup, the Premier League returns on Friday evening as Sheffield United host West Ham.
The cup provided several sides with the perfect opportunity to give their regular starters a break, with some risks paying off and others backfiring.
But who will be the best placed sides in the North West of England and in London this season?
Jurgen Klopp’s side are strong favourites to finish the season as the top North West side in the league. And third-place Manchester City are their only real competitors in the race. But the Reds look set to finish above their geographical rivals.
It’s currently 1/33 for the league leaders to be the top North West club May, with City available at 11/1.
More interestingly, therefore, is the chase between the London clubs for the top position in the table.
Chelsea currently hold that title as they sit fourth after 21 games. They come up against Burnley on Saturday in a bid to cement a position within the Champions League spots.
Frank Lampard’s side are 3/10 to be the highest ranked London outfit at the end of the campaign.
But the arrival of Jose Mourinho at Spurs has sparked some sort of revival for the club. They now occupy sixth place, and will be looking to climb the table in the coming weeks.
The north London side are available at 10/3 to be the best club in the capital this season.
Arsenal are another outfit that will be looking to move up the league standings after the arrival of Mikel Arteta. The former midfielder has already guided his side to a victory over Manchester United. And he will be aiming for further success in the near future, starting with Crystal Palace on Saturday.
The Gunners are available at 12/1 to be the top ranked London side come the end of May.
Both Crystal Palace and West Ham are also among the sides in the capital aiming to push their way up the Premier League table. But neither side are seemingly capable of knocking the big guns off their perch. The Eagles have, however, been certainly giving it a go this season.
West Ham were also in and around the top sides in the early stages of the campaign, but have since gone spiralling downhill after a poor run of results. Former manager David Moyes has been brought in to steady the ship, with survival his main priority from now until May.
It’s unsurprisingly then 475/1 for the Eagles to be higher than any other London outfit after 38 games. And it’s 500/1 for the Hammers.