Five things to look forward to in the Premier League, apart from the title race

Manchester City’s dominance of the Premier League has left the title battle looking like a one-horse race before the season has even reached its halfway point.

City have won 17 out of 18 games to open up an 11 point advantage over Manchester United and it’s difficult to imagine them blowing that sort of lead.

While the title looks to be heading to the Etihad Stadium, there’s still plenty of things for Premier League fans to enjoy over the coming months.

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Read on for the topĀ five things to look forward to apart from the title race.

January transfer window

Whether you love them or hate them, the two transfer windows have become an important part of the football calendar.

Each of the Premier League’s top six have been known to spend in recent January windows, with Chelsea the most prolific mid-season buyers.

Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could be on his way to Stamford Bridge following the breakdown of his relationship with the German club, but there’s lots of other business that could be done during the window.

Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez may move on, with neither looking inclined to sign a new contract at Arsenal. Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk is another player wanted by numerous clubs, while Danny Rose could leave Tottenham Hotspur.

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The race for the Champions League

City, United and Chelsea look good bets to finish in the top three, with Liverpool, Arsenal and Spurs favourites to fight it out for the final Champions League place.

Surprise package Burnley are also in the running and it’s not beyond the realms of possibility for Everton to make a late run at the top four under new manager Sam Allardyce.

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The relegation battle

With the vast riches on offer in the Premier League the battle to avoid relegation gets more intense with each passing season.

Nine points covers the bottom ten clubs approaching the halfway mark and there will be plenty of movement during the rest of the campaign.

Swansea City have looked prime candidates for the drop this term, but fans of the likes of West Bromwich Albion, Stoke City, Bournemouth, West Ham United and Crystal Palace face a nervy time between now and May.

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England hopefuls aiming to impress

England may have qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, but there’s plenty of Premier League players sweating on their inclusion in the squad.

Despite his dodgy form for West Ham, Joe Hart seems sure to start in goal but the likes of Jack Butland, Fraser Forster, Jordan Pickford and Tom Heaton will hope to join him on the plane.

Ashley Young has been touted as a surprise inclusion after an excellent few months for United, while youngsters Harry Winks and Ruben Loftus-Cheek will also hope to force their way into manager Gareth Southgate’s thinking.

The sack race

Never a month goes by in the Premier League without speculation over the future of a manager or two.

Frank de Boer (Crystal Palace), Ronald Koeman (Everton), Craig Shakespeare, (Leicester City), Tony Pulis (WBA) and Slaven Bilic (West Ham) have already been replaced and it’s unlikely that they’ll be the last departures this season.

Mark Hughes is under pressure at Stoke City after a poor run of form, while Chelsea’s Antonio Conte has been linked with a return to Italy after a fall-out with owner Roman Abramovich over the club’s transfer activity last summer.

Guardiola and City appear to have the title race sewn up, but there’s still lots to enjoy elsewhere.

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