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Man Utd Could be Crowned Champions at Stamford Bridge

chelsea-man-united.gifIn the future when historians look back to the 2007/2008 Premier League season, the date they’ll agree that Chelsea blew their chances of winning the Premier League title was April 14, 2008. To make matters worse for Chelsea fans, it’s now entirely possible that Manchester United may be crowned Premier League champions at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, April 26. More on that later.

By drawing Wigan 1-1 at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea has lost its last chance of winning the psychological war against Manchester United. If Chelsea had won tonight’s match and had picked up three points against Everton on Thursday, the Blues would have jumped into joint first place — tied with United. That would have put the pressure on Man United to pick up the three points against Blackburn on Saturday and would have allowed United and Chelsea to play a cat and mouse game to see who would lift the trophy in early May.

One of the biggest advantages in Man United’s favor is their superior goal difference. While the Red Devils currently have 80 points, their +54 goal difference (which is 19 goals better than Chelsea) counts as a one point advantage as it’s almost impossible for the Blues to surpass that in their four remaining games. So, for our sakes, let’s say that Man United now has 81 points, not 80.

As it stands now, the chances of Chelsea winning the Premier League are almost zero. With Man United five points ahead of Chelsea, the Blues are now the ones under even more pressure. A Chelsea loss against Everton at Goodison Park would mean that Manchester United would be crowned Premier League champions at Stamford Bridge later this month if they can beat Blackburn at Ewood Park this Saturday and break Chelsea’s four year unbeaten home record on Saturday, April 26.

Of course, anything can happen between now and then, but Chelsea really has put themselves into an almost impossible situation. Combine this with the fact that they also have to worry about winning against Liverpool in the Champions League semi-final and you can see how much of a crucial blow tonight’s draw against Wigan was.

Manchester United’s lucky number is 87. Even if Chelsea manages to beat Everton this Thursday and Man United at Stamford Bridge — and Chelsea wins their final two matches of the season (against Newcastle and Bolton), the maximum number of points Avram Grant’s side can attain is 87.

With Man United currently on 80 points (and 81 if you consider the goal difference factor), all they need are seven more to guarantee they’ll win the title. Those seven points will need to come from Blackburn (a), Chelsea (a), West Ham (h) and Wigan (a). That’s of course unless Chelsea slips up again like they did against Wigan.

All United needs is seven points from a possible 12. No wonder Man United are 1/14 odds to win the title.

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7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. TheScout

    April 15, 2008 at 9:12 am

    United will want to win at Stamford Bridge. It will be the exclamation point on the season for them. With that win under their belt they can then focus a bit more on their Champions League meeting with Barcelona.

  2. Yatiman TIRON

    April 14, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    Those seven points will need to come from Blackburn (a), Chelsea (a), West Ham (h) and Wigan (a).

    Correction :
    Those seven points will need to come from Blackburn (a), West Ham (h) and Wigan (a).
    Why ? Because the earlier assumption made was that Chelsea will collect maximum points in their last 4 games and that includes the one with Manchester United.

    • Ramlah Ali

      September 11, 2012 at 10:45 pm

      Hi Yatiman

      A question please. Excuse me if I have got the wrong person. Are you Yatiman from Hua YI?

      • Hua Yi

        October 28, 2013 at 4:06 am

        Yes, I am from Hua Yi.

  3. AIG

    April 14, 2008 at 8:24 pm

    Surely,United are going to be crowned at stamford bridge.let the organisers wait till the game against westham.so that it could be more thrilling for the fans.United4ever

  4. The Gaffer

    April 14, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    Thanks for catching that Brian .

    Cheers,
    The Gaffer

  5. Brian

    April 14, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    There are a possible 12 points remaining for United, not 28.

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