15/12/2010 23:29, Report by Adam Bostock
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Race taking shape

It’ll be clear in the New Year… not a weather forecast from Nemanja Vidic, but a belief that the title race will be easier to track by January.

The leadership of the Barclays Premier League has been held by three different clubs in recent weeks – currently United, previously Arsenal and Chelsea; Manchester City have been in touching distance and were briefly “joint-top” - the Eastlands optimists’ term for second place; meanwhile Tottenham Hotspur and much-improved Bolton Wanderers are only seven and eight points off the pace in fifth and sixth position.

However, that could be all about to change according to United’s captain. The Christmas period is a notorious test of a team’s consistency, one which sides with serious aspirations of winning the title need to pass with a pile of points.

“I think this is the time in the season when the table is going to change quite a bit,” Vidic told United Review.

“Things have been very tight up to now, but I think that we’ll see two or three teams stepping it up and stretching ahead. By the middle of January we’ll have much more of an idea who is going to be chasing the title.”

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Christmas fixtures

The top four's next three matches are as follows:

Arsenal vs Stoke - 18 Dec
Chelsea vs United - 19 Dec
Man City vs Everton - 20 Dec

Newcastle vs Man City - 26 Dec
United vs Sunderland - 26 Dec
Arsenal vs Chelsea - 27 Dec

Birmingham vs United - 28 Dec
Man City vs Aston Villa - 28 Dec
Chelsea vs Bolton - 29 Dec
Wigan vs Arsenal - 29 Dec


Premier League