Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Favourable run-in should still see Chelsea win Premier League title despite recent slump

Crippy Cooke in Editorial, English Premier League 17 Apr 2017


Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is leading the Blues to the Premier League title.

Chelsea’s lead at the top of the Premier League was cut to four points after defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Current runners-up Tottenham Hotspur, who enjoyed a 4-0 win over Bournemouth in the lunchtime fixture, are once again challenging for the title, but Chelsea’s remaining games arguably gives them an easier finish to the season which could be telling.

Chelsea’s remaining Premier League games
(25/4/17) Chelsea vs Southampton
(30/4/17) Everton vs Chelsea
(8/5/17) Chelsea vs Middlesbrough
(12/5/17) West Bromwich Albion vs Chelsea
(15/5/17) Chelsea vs Watford
(21/5/17) Chelsea vs Sunderland

Antonio Conte’s Chelsea side are currently top of the Premier League table with 75 points from 32 games this season, four clear of Tottenham Hotspur, but have suffered two defeats in their last four outings. The latter have won seven consecutive games during the time of Chelsea’s slump and have gained real ground in the title race.

However, Chelsea have a more favourable run of games to come compared to Tottenham Hotspur which may settle the race for the league crown this season. The league leaders have four out-of-form clubs to face in the remaining six to see the campaign out. And it’s also worth noting Chelsea have beaten each of the six sides they have to face in the reverse fixtures earlier in the season.

Tottenham Hotspur’s remaining Premier League games
(26/4/17) Crystal Palace vs Tottenham Hotspur
(30/4/17) Tottenham Hotspur vs Arsenal
(5/5/17) West Ham United vs Tottenham Hotspur
(14/5/17) Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United
(18/5/17) Leicester City vs Tottenham Hotspur
(21/5/17) Hull City vs Tottenham Hotspur

As for Tottenham Hotspur, Mauricio Pochettino’s side have two big games against fierce rivals Arsenal and Manchester United which could prove to be costly in their pursuit to overturn a four-point deficit. Spurs are on the rise and setting records with their long-running winning streak on home soil but they will likely need a perfect finish to end up title-winners in May.

Tottenham have won seven on the bounce but still have to better two more of Chelsea’s results to get at least level on points in the table. The Lilywhites have lost just once in the division since December 2016 so they’re certainly doing everything in their power to finish top, but it will be a big ask to maintain such momentum as the pressure builds.

Tottenham Hotspur are 4/1 to win the Premier League title this season. But can they catch Chelsea in time?


Crippy Cooke

Crippy Cooke has somehow written for the Telegraph, Independent, Huffington Post, Zoo Magazine, Daily Mail, ITV Football, MSN Sport, Yahoo Sport, London24 and Bleacher Report among others, despite knowing less about football than your average Fan TV member . The weekly accumulator enthusiast is saving up his winnings to pay for a much-needed hair transplant but grows more on his chin than his head. He lives and breathes football and somehow makes a living writing from it.



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