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Stats show this year's Premier League title race between the top four is the closest ever

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Leicester City may be favourites to win the title this season after building a five-point lead at the top but, stats show that they are involved in the closest Premier League title race.

The current gap between Leicester at the top and Manchester City at fourth place is just six points and with 25 games being played this season, we are still not capable of predicting who will be the champions this season.

Seven points remains the joint lowest gap between the top 4 teams in the Premier League.

This weekend might go a long way in determining the title race with first placed Leicester City taking on third place Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday. Also, later in the afternoon, second placed Tottenham face Manchester City in what promises to be an intense and thrilling encounter.

Leicester have only lost twice in the league so far, however, we have seen larger margins at the top being overhauled before. We take a look at some of the previous battles between the League’s top 4.

1996/1997 – Champions: Manchester United (75 points) Fourth Place: Liverpool (68 points)

Manchester United won that season with what remains as the lowest points tally ever to win the Premier League. Sir Alex Ferguson’s men won their fourth Premier League title in five years in what turned out to be a thrilling title race.

Newcastle, Arsenal and Liverpool all finished tied on 68 points which resulted in a gap of just seven points between the Premier League’s top 4.

2013/2014 – Champions: Manchester City (86 points) Fourth Place: Arsenal (79 points)

Manchester City finished as champions in a thrilling Premier League campaign as they overcame a 5 point gap over Liverpool with just 3 games to go.

Liverpool were cruelly denied the title after the infamous Gerrard slip as they finished just two points behind City.

Chelsea and Arsenal finished third and fourth in the topsy-turvy title race.

We take a look at some other close finishes.

top 5 closest battles between the Premier League top 4:
SeasonChampionsFourth placePoints between 1st and 4th position
1996/1997Manchester United (75)Liverpool (68)7
2013/2014Manchester City (86)Arsenal (79)7
2007/2008Manchester United (87)Liverpool (76)11
2000/2001Manchester United (80)Leeds United (68)12
2010/2011Manchester United (80)Arsenal (68)12
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