Didier Drogba (right) and Florent Malouda of Chelsea celebrate with the trophy after their victory in the UEFA Champions League Final between FC Bayern Muenchen and Chelsea at the Fussball Arena Munchen on May 19, 2012 in Munich, Germany.
Didier Drogba (right) and Florent Malouda of Chelsea celebrate with the trophy after their victory in the UEFA Champions League Final between FC Bayern Muenchen and Chelsea at the Fussball Arena Munchen on May 19, 2012 in Munich, Germany. Alex Livesey - Getty Images

All going down to the wire for A-League and EPL

YOU might see managers and coaches with more grey hair and no fingernails left at the end of the campaign, but how exciting are the A-League and English Premier League competitions this season?

For me the A-League is the most open it has been since its inception in 2005, which makes for exciting games week in week out.

Brisbane Roar has to be the favourite with 10 rounds remaining in the regular season, but even Mike Mulvey could not be confident his team will win the grand final given the nature of the competition,

This weekend's results have shown any team is capable of winning games no matter where it sits on the ladder.

Melbourne Heart might be nine points off the pace, but a 2-1 win over Sydney FC with 10 men proves that Harry Kewell and co are capable of upsetting a few sides and even getting in the top six.

Wellington has been on a fantastic run under Ernie Merrick and its 2-1 success over another form team, Adelaide United, means no one will want to play the Phoenix in the run-in to finals. The New Zealanders have more than an outside chance of making the top six.

The fact that sides such as Melbourne Victory, Sydney FC, Western Sydney Wanderers and Perth Glory are not in top form provides a concertina effect which bodes well for a fantastic climax to what has been the most entertaining season I can remember in the A-League.

Brisbane is still in the box seat, but don't be surprised if another team flies under the radar to take the title.

The EPL is also too close to call - at the top and bottom.

Manchester City, which plays title rival Chelsea in a blockbuster tomorrow morning, has been banging in the goals this season and has to be the favourite for a second title in three years.

But don't discount Jose Mourinho's men, or Arsenal, which plays Crystal Palace overnight and is also a chance to end its 10-year title drought.

Liverpool might be the outsiders in the title race, but manager Brendan Rodgers has his team playing well, and with Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge hitting the back of the net regularly, the Reds could still have a say come the end of the season.

But it is at the bottom where things are really exciting, although, if you are a fan or player of any of the teams involved, you might not agree.

With 14 games to go, Fulham looks the favourite for relegation. It's in the middle of an awful run and sits at the bottom on 19 points.

But Cottagers' fans would still be holding out hope they could avoid the drop because only eight points separate their team and 10th-placed Aston Villa on 27 points.

Below Villa, four teams sit together on 24 points. Those sides are only two points above the third relegation spot occupied by West Ham which has started to turn around its season with a draw against Chelsea and Saturday's 2-0 home win over Swansea City. The Welsh club is only two points above the relegation zone, but remarkably sits in 12th spot, proving just how tight it is this season.

At the moment it is a case of pick any of 10 teams for a drop to the Championship, and I certainly would not be able to pick the three to go down.



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