SINGAPORE- It is often said that England's top flight is the best football league in the world.
And if the level of competitiveness on show in the current campaign is anything to go by, that belief is impossible to refute.
We have reached the halfway mark of one of the most exciting English Premier League title races in recent memory and with the top five separated by just six points, it would take a brave man to predict where the trophy will end up in May.
That said, it is difficult to see past Manchester City, who are second a point behind Arsenal, as favourites at the moment.
In Manuel Pellegrini, the champions of two seasons ago have an experienced, no-nonsense manager who is not afraid to drop underperforming stars - just ask England's No. 1 keeper, Joe Hart.
And, of course, it helps that he has strength in depth. Look at the substitutes City's boss had at his disposal over the weekend: Samir Nasri, Yaya Toure, Alvaro Negredo - all players who would walk into any other starting XI.
Conversely, their main title rivals are a club whose challenge depends greatly on the form of one man - Luis Suarez, easily the player of the season so far.
I must admit, I never expected the Uruguayan to be in this sort of form after returning from his 10-match ban for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic.
In fact, I did not even expect him to still be a Liverpool player this season, in the light of his transfer saga over the summer. As long as he can stay fit and, without the distraction of European football, Liverpool will be causing some of the top sides problems and may well be the dark horses.