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Forget The Premier League Title Race, The Conference South Is Where It's At

Forget The Premier League Title Race, The Conference South Is Where It's At

Plenty of people are viewing the Premier League title race to be done and dusted already.

At the halfway point, Manchester City are currently 13 points clear, following their 4-0 win over Bournemouth, in addition to Manchester United's 2-2 draw with Leicester City at the King Power Stadium.

Pep Guardiola's side have been head and shoulders above the rest of the pack, winning 17 games on the trot and only dropping points against Everton when they drew with the Toffees in their second game of the campaign.

The 13 points lead over United at Christmas is the biggest points margin between first and second in top-flight history and it's going to take an incredible collapse for City to lose the title given their current position.

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Five divisions below the promised land of the Premier League, in the Conference South, it's a very, very different story.

As noted by Bob Stanley, whose tweet has promptly blew up on social media, just three points separate first and eighth.

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Having played 22 games so far, Dartford are at the top of the table on 39 points, but they are well aware there's no margin forever whatsoever, as seven other teams are breathing down their necks.

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Havant and Waterlooville, Chelmsford City, Braintree Town and Hampton and Richmond are all also on 39 points, only behind on goal difference. The second and third-placed teams have a game in hand on the league leaders and there's just seven goals between first and fifth.

Image: BBC

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It means that on any single the matchday, the whole complexion of the top eight can change depending on how results play out - and it's one of the most exciting title races we've ever come across.

In the Conference South, only the league leaders are automatically promoted to the Conference (National League), with one team from the other six teams in the top seven going up through the play-offs.

One would expect a big old rollercoaster in the rest of the campaign and it will definitely be worth keeping tabs to see how things pan out.

Can you think of a more competitive title race?

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Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Manchester City, Premier League

Josh Lawless

Josh is a writer who specialises in football and wrestling. He has been published by Curzon Ashton FC, Late Tackle, Manchester City FC, The Mirror, Read Man City and Manchester Evening News. He provides coverage of professional wrestling and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the field - including the first UK interview with The Hardy Boyz after their return to WWE. He has never sported a pair of Lonsdale Slip-ons, contrary to reports.