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Is There A Title Race In The Premier League?

Is There A Title Race In The Premier League?

OK, here's a confession. I still can't see Chelsea losing this. I know, it's 'only' one point. But United have to win all their remaining games - a very, very tall order - while Chelsea have to drop points at least once - which is very, very unlikely.

United have yet to play Spurs, Sunderland and Stoke, Chelsea host Stoke, visit Liverpool and host Wigan. Yes, the 'elephant in the room' is the game at Anfield which, in theory, could be Chelsea's banana skin.

However, we must not forget that Chelsea's defeat today has probably been born out of overconfidence. They were four points clear and they were a bit too comfortable. Spurs' aggressivity and pace surprised them a little and they found it hard to get out of their shell. So they lost.

But consider this: they won't face another opponent as good and as motivated as Spurs. Stoke home? A mid-table team with nothing to play for. Wigan home? Please. Liverpool away. Well, this should be tricky. But Liverpool have next to no chance of snatching that fourth place (they are eight points behind Tottenham at the moment) and they will go into that game on the back of a Europa League semi-final.

Besides, we saw how focused, motivated and disciplined Chelsea were when the stakes were the highest; namely, when they visited Old Trafford. I expect a performance of similar quality from them at Anfield and a comfortable victory - 2-0 or 3-1. Our games against Spurs and Sunderland will be more unpredictable and tricky then Chelsea's visit to Anfield.

So, in my opinion, mathematically there is a title race but realistically Chelsea cannot lose it.



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Writer:Zae
Date:Saturday April 17 2010
Time: 8:51PM

Comments

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I wasnt sure if I was impressed with United or dissapointed with City today, but was as delighted to see you win as Im sure you were to see Spurs beat Chelsea.makes for a potentially great finale.
oxfordspur
17/04/2010 20:58:00
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agree, i think chelsea will beat liverpool easily. so we are looking at favours from stoke and wigan :| at stamford bridge :| and then we also have to win our games and with our current form i cant see that happening but atleast we are not going down without a fight
Reddevils4ever89
17/04/2010 21:00:00
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Is 'aggressivity' a real word? you cant just start making words up mate.;)!! NEVER under estimate stoke, pulis will make them play, the title race is on. ps thanks for beating citeh!
liamyid
17/04/2010 21:02:00
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the press is now on chelsea i see them drawing against stoke hopefully!!!
paul_manu
17/04/2010 21:09:00
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maybe our match against blackburn was a little bit hurtful but there is a chance
paul_manu
17/04/2010 21:13:00
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I can see stoke taking it to both of us to be honest. I've got more hope now than I did yesterday but it will take something extraordinary for chelsea to throw it away and for us to be in a position to take advantage. Spurs will be a tough, tough game for us with the way both team are playing - but hey, a slim chance is better than no chance.
tuscan3000
17/04/2010 23:03:00
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Is 'aggressivity' a real word? It kind of is. lol
k.chelski
18/04/2010 00:19:00
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Season aint over yet Zae - dont be so negative pal - we were fortunate today, but Chelski were crap!
niteworlok
18/04/2010 00:20:00
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Liverpool have a lot more than just CL football to play for. If they aren't in it next season they are not very likely to attract the players they need to improve on the season they just had. I'm sure they will give their all to win the game against Chelsea, that is of course unless they are too stupid to realise this.
khoder
18/04/2010 01:54:00
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I doubt liverpool would really roll over on purpose. Their fans might want them to but the players will have some professional pride. Its also their last home game of the season. To be honest, I expect them to lose through simply not being very good. I can see them finishing 8th.
tuscan3000
18/04/2010 03:25:00
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