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Chelsea is Closer to Winning the Premier League Title Than You Think

chelsea shirt Chelsea is Closer to Winning the Premier League Title Than You ThinkCan Avram Grant and Chelsea do the seemingly impossible job of overtaking Manchester United and winning the 2008/2009 Premier League title? Before you laugh at the suggestion, consider the following facts:

  • Out of the final seven games for Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal, Avram Grant’s side has the easiest schedule.
  • The toughest match they have is at home against Manchester United on Saturday, April 26 at Stamford Bridge. Man United, in addition to facing Chelsea, has to play Arsenal on Sunday, April 13. Arsenal, meanwhile, has to play Man United and Liverpool (April 5).
  • Chelsea’s undefeated home record in the Premier League still stands at four years. If Man United loses against Chelsea and one other of their remaining matches and then wins the remaining games, Man United will end the season with 88 points. If Chelsea is able to win their remaining games, including beating Man United at Stamford Bridge, the Blues will end the season with 89 points, and the title will be theirs.
  • Out of their last seven games, Chelsea has four at Stamford Bridge, while Man Utd has three at Old Trafford.
  • Looking at the schedules for Chelsea and Man United, here are their remaining matches: Chelsea — Middlesbrough (home), Man City (away), Wigan (h), Everton (a), Man Utd (h), Newcastle (a) and Bolton (h). Manchester United — Aston Villa (h), Middlesbrough (a), Arsenal (h), Blackburn (a), Chelsea (a), West Ham (h) and Wigan (a).
  • Chelsea has only lost three matches this season compared to Man United who has lost four.
  • Possibly the biggest impact on the Premier League title race will be what happens in the Champions League. Note that Chelsea has the easier quarter-final match after being paired against Fenerbahce, while Man United has the tricky tie against Roma.

Sure, the Premier League title is in Man United’s hands right now, but if Chelsea can continue to quietly win their remaining matches, they have a fighting chance to win the title as long as the Red Devils slip up.


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Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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