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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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The Journalist

Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday April 17 2010

Time: 8:51PM

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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
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17/04/2010 20:58:00

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
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17/04/2010 21:00:00

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
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17/04/2010 21:02:00

the press is now on chelsea i see them drawing against stoke hopefully!!!
paul_manu
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17/04/2010 21:09:00

maybe our match against blackburn was a little bit hurtful but there is a chance
paul_manu
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17/04/2010 21:13:00

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
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17/04/2010 23:03:00

Is 'aggressivity' a real word? It kind of is. lol
k.chelski
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18/04/2010 00:19:00

Season aint over yet Zae - dont be so negative pal - we were fortunate today, but Chelski were crap!
niteworlok
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18/04/2010 00:20:00

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
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18/04/2010 01:54:00

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
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18/04/2010 03:25:00

the title is yours - that last minute Scholes goal will be the defining moment!
merlin
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18/04/2010 07:55:00

Or will it :-)
merlin
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18/04/2010 07:55:00

I still think ManU will steal it. I think chelsea will lose to liverpool and I think you will beat us (spurs). And both, you and chelsea win all the rest of your games. Brb, going to bet on that ;)
i love arry
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18/04/2010 12:14:00

Glad we could be of use to eachother yesterday. Hope you win the title
cynicspur
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18/04/2010 13:11:00

Hope harry feels the same as you and lets us win! I actually think spurs could afford to lose to us and still get 4th. I cant see city beating arsenal, villa and spurs. whereas spurs should comfortably beat bolton and burnley
tuscan3000
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18/04/2010 13:32:00

Liverpool will just stand aside and let chelsea pass through anfield unharmed. They will definately rest players for the europa cup, and they would also rather die than hand the premier league to us by beating chelsea. Expect an easy game for chelsea at anfield. By hopes are on stoke and wigan. Two physical teams, that could muscle out a draw from chelsea. Of course that means we have to beat spurs and the rest... Still happy about our team though. Fighting till the end, and only 1 point away from top. Thats not the predictions we kept reading of, in august.
alexpant
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18/04/2010 14:30:00

Could we have a poll on "What will liverpool decide to do against Chelsea?" with the following options: a. Try and beat Chelsea out of pride, helping us as well for the title chase b. Roll over and die at anfield, than help us win the 19th league title c. Put in a half-decent team as a cover-up in order to supposedly fight for the win, while their biggest players rest for the Europa league
alexpant
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18/04/2010 14:54:00

So much mutual love yesterday between Spurs and Utd! Should all change next week though
HuddersfieldYiddo
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18/04/2010 19:55:00

If we beat you I certainly wont feel any differently! ;)
tuscan3000
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18/04/2010 20:47:00

i don't see spurs losing their 4th place even when we will beat them next week
paul_manu
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18/04/2010 22:07:00

Liverpool will NOT just let Chelsea breeze past them, even though Torres is out for rest of season, other Liverpool players are professional enough to give it their all - remember, they want to challenge for title again next season, and have a lot to prove....
niteworlok
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19/04/2010 09:22:00

niteworlok, if they play to win, they'll do it for their own pride. If they play to prove themselves, then to whom? A mediocre manager who still has to prove himself to his fans? Or the fleeing managers that dont give a ****? In any case, i still believe that Pool will let chelsea win, one way or another, maybe doing that in a subtle way, instead of see us lifting our 19th trophy. I think that will hurt them more than anything. Ngog will be upfront, and Rafa will give a chance to some youngsters, or some players back from injury, just to test them out. He's still got the Europa Cup to play for
alexpant
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19/04/2010 12:03:00

It just occured to me... If we dont win the league, and Liverpool wins the Europa Cup, then that makes their year more successful than ours? Thats crap....
alexpant
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19/04/2010 12:05:00

If they win the europa league they will try to suggest it has been more successful - but I'd take a REAL challenge for the premier league title, a carling cup retention, a champions league quarter final and more importantly champions league qualification - over 2 crap cup runs, knocked out of CL in the group stages and finishing 7/8th in the league and only qualifying for europa league next season because it was handed to you by virtue of United and most likely Chelsea winning the cups. Any suggestion that liverpools season has been anything other than completely embarrassing is a lie.
tuscan3000
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19/04/2010 12:43:00

Yes there's a title race, Chelsea have got alot of pressure on them to stay at the top of the league which could quiet easily lead to a screw up. Also, I wouldnt count winning the Euro in which teams like FULHAM are competing for as 'more successful'.
One United 23
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19/04/2010 14:23:00

 

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