London: It just doesn't get better than this. These words immortalized by the late Tony Greig while describing cricketing action on television would be apt for the situation that top teams find themselves in at the fag end of the English Premier League (EPL) season.
How else coudl one describe the closest title race in 33 years? Manchester City carries the advantage before a trip to Everton this weekend. Leaders Liverpool suffers a shocking home loss to second placed Chelsea.
So, if City wins its next three matches, the silverware could be adorning the City of Manchester Stadium for the second time in three seasons. The team trails Liverpool by three points but have a game in hand and a better goal difference of 58 to 50.
Analysts say that not since 1981 have the top three teams been bunched so closely together. Also, in the EPL era, only on two occasions (1999 and 2008) have the top three teams been in a position where each has a mathematical chance to take home the trophy.
So, we have a scenario where City can race ahead by winning at Goodison Park, though Everton, trailing Arsenal by four points in the fourth position race, have only lost at home twice so far this season. With Chelsea playing Norwich City next Sunday and Liverpool's match at Crystal Palace a day later, City surely must be looking at taking over the top slot.
Chelsea's loss to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals means that only in the event of Liverpool and City slipping up can they hope to claim the title. The side can claim top spot again by beating Norwich, placed third from the bottom.
Speaking of Arsenal, the team can be assured of a top-four finish by winning their home encounter against West Bromwich next week. Their recent success against Everton (3-0) has upped the ante for Arsene Wenger's boys.
Finally, the game has long been lost for Manchester United though they may look to build on the recent 4-0 victory over Norwich. Interim manager Ryan Giggs would hope that his first game in charge (against Sutherland) would end up being a journey back to the top. Giggs had said sought consistency from his players and this may be their chance at redemption.