The Premier League title race has become something of a two-horse race in recent years, but that hasn’t always been the case.
Manchester City and Liverpool go into the upcoming campaign as clear front runners to be crowned champions next May after proving themselves to be head and shoulders above their rivals in recent years.
Pep Guardiola’s side have come out victorious in four of the last five seasons, while Jurgen Klopp’s Reds won the title in 2019/20 as well as pushing City all the way in last year’s enthralling title battle.
Manchester United have also held their own in recent years, recording two second place finishes in that time.
For the London contingent, it’s been a far more disappointing few years with no side winning the title since Chelsea in 2017.
But how close have teams from the capital come to winning the title in the five years since? talkSPORT.com takes a look.
Premier League 2017/18
- Man City, 100 pts
- Man United, 81 pts
- Tottenham, 77 pts
- Liverpool, 75 pts
- Chelsea, 70 pts
- Arsenal, 63 pts
After winning the title under Antonio Conte the previous year, things went south at Chelsea in the 2017/18 campaign after losing the title to Man City who recorded a staggering 100 points.
Chelsea finished the season in fifth spot, 30 points behind City’s 70, missing out on Champions League qualification.
Arsenal were even further behind on 63 points, with Tottenham the closest to the champions on 77 points, 23 behind Guardiola and co.
Premier League 2018/19
- Man City, 98 pts
- Liverpool, 97 pts
- Chelsea, 72 pts
- Tottenham, 71 pts
- Arsenal, 70pts
- Man United, 66 pts
City won back-to-back titles for the first time in their history in 2019 after finishing the season on 98 points, just one ahead of Liverpool who pushed them all the way.
Again, Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal were way off the pace despite finishing third, fourth and fifth respectively.
Maurizio Sarri’s side came closest to the crown, however with 26 points separating them from top spot, it’s clear that the gap between London and the north west was widening.
Premier League 2019/20
- Liverpool, 99 pts
- Man City, 81 pts
- Man United, 66 pts
- Chelsea, 66 pts
- Leicester, 62pts
- Tottenham, 59 pts
- Wolves, 59 pts
- Arsenal, 56 pts
If London clubs thought 2018/19 was bad, things got even worse the following year.
As Liverpool ended their lengthy wait for the Premier League title, clubs in the capital found themselves way off the pace with Chelsea coming closest with a fourth place finish on 66 points.
A total of 33 points behind the Reds, this was nothing compared to Tottenham and Arsenal who were an eye-watering 40 and 43 points respectively from being at the top of the tree.
Premier League 2020/21
- Man City, 86 pts
- Man United, 74 pts
- Liverpool, 69 pts
- Chelsea, 67 pts
- Leicester, 66 pts
- West Ham, 65 pts
- Tottenham, 62 pts
- Arsenal, 61 pts
The top of the Premier League was much more competitive in 21/22, however it was Man City, Man United and Liverpool who claimed the top three places again.
City won the title on 86 points, and despite closing the gap somewhat, Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal were still some way off.
The Blues finished fourth and 19 points off top, while the north London rivals ended 26 and 27 points behind City respectively.
Premier League 2021/22
- Man City, 93 pts
- Liverpool, 92 pts
- Chelsea, 74 pts
- Tottenham, 71 pts
- Arsenal, 69pts
- Man United, 58 pts
It was a much stronger showing from the London contingent last term, but it would be a stretch to say that they were genuine rivals for Man City and Liverpool.
Guardiola’s side won the title on 93 points with Liverpool second, however Chelsea and Tottenham did manage top finish in the top four on 74 and 71 points respectively.
Arsenal finished fifth and 24 points behind City – a stark improvement on recent years but still a long way off their north west rivals.
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