With just over a month to go until the final weekend of Premier League action, it looks a sure-fire bet that Chelsea will be picking up the trophy on May 21.
The Blues currently hold a seven point lead over nearest rivals Tottenham and with just seven games left it looks a formality.
But that’s what Manchester United fans thought back in 2011/12 when the Red Devils held an eight-point lead with just six games left, and we all know what happened then – Aguuuerrrroooooo!
Still Chelsea coach Antonio Conte is an experienced campaigner and knows better than to get ahead of himself. He has so far refused to talk about the title, saying at the weekend that he couldn’t “smell” it.
Conte knows just one loss and Tottenham will be in with a sniff! Can Chelsea do it?
FOX Sports Asia takes a look at the title chances or lack thereof of the Premier League’s current top six.
This weekend’s trip to Old Trafford could be pivotal in Chelsea’s season. Lose and they will present Spurs with a chance to close the gap to just four points, but win and it will send a message to the chasing pack that Conte and his troops are fully focused.
With a tricky trip to Goodison Park the only other tough-looking tie for the Blues, Conte knows that if he can navigate these two games successfully then their work is almost done.
Prediction: Champions. Get a positive result against United this weekend and it will be tough for Spurs to catch the Stamford Bridge outfit.
Mauricio Pochettino needs to avoid a repeat of last season when Spurs fell away in the last few games to eventually slip into third place behind Arsenal, but it will be difficult given their fixture list.
The wily Argentine and his young squad may have learned from last season, but still have tricky games at Leicester and a rejuvenated Crystal Palace, plus home games against Arsenal and Manchester United to navigate. Spurs will need to win at least three of these if they are to keep the pressure on Chelsea. A tough ask!
Prediction: Third. Another late fall away and ultimately a second season of heartbreak for Spurs fans.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are starting to look like the real deal again following a patchy period around the New Year, but it’s probably too late for them to challenge Chelsea as they only have six games left with the gap standing at 12 points.
Finishing second is the best they can do realistically, but given all six of their games are against teams from the lower half of the table. We all know what can happen. Still, now is as good a time as any for Klopp to improve his team’s record when it comes to beating the strugglers.
Prediction: Second. Liverpool will take advantage of Spurs’ tough schedule to leapfrog them into the runners-up spot.
Pep Guardiola is a realist and has already conceded his team stand no chance of catching Chelsea, so for him the rest of this term is all about securing a top four place and entry into the Champions League.
It’s been a disappointing season at the Etihad after such a promising start, but with City’s fixture list featuring only one really tough game in the Manchester derby, a four-point advantage over their cross-city rivals should ensure that aim is within reach.
Prediction: Fourth. The derby result will be key, but Pep will guide City home and seal a Champions League spot.
A difficult run-in for United sees them face Chelsea at home, before Man City away and two trips to London to play Arsenal and Tottenham. With the title already out of reach, United will want to salvage some pride and grab some wins over their nearest rivals.
Jose Mourinho is certainly a coach for the big games, but his side have struggled for goals this term despite the stellar impact of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Too many draws have cost the Red Devils in the race for the Champions League and it doesn’t look like Mourinho’s misfiring forwards are going to fire them into the top four. It’s Europa League or bust for the ‘special one.’
Prediction: Fifth. A disappointing first season for Mourinho, despite the silverware. Win the Europa League and he can salvage his pride – and maybe his job!
The Gunners stand seven points off a Champions League place and given their recent form it will be a tough stretch for them to make the top four.
The current turmoil at the Emirates appears to be having an effect on the pitch and it is difficult to see Arsenal putting together a run capable of overhauling both City and United.
Prediction: Sixth. A poor season for the Gunners and possibly the final straw for Arsene Wenger.
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