On the February 7 Manchester City’s third successive Premier League game without a win left Chelsea sat seven points clear at the top.
Yet, strange as it may seem the Citizens might just have replaced them at the head of affairs come nine o’clock on Wednesday evening, with the Stamford Bridge outfit enduring their own doldrums at present.
The Citizens are 9/1 to take advantage of Chelsea’s Capital One Cup obligations by supplanting them in first place come the conclusion of the midweek fixtures.
If Manuel Pellegrini’s side win both their fixtures in the interim, while the west Londoners fail to extract maximum points from their visit to West Ham, that’s exactly where they’ll be.
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First things first City will have to negotiate a tricky trip to Liverpool, where they are 7/5 favourites for three points but they have the away form to do so.
The Sky Blues have won six of their last eight road games, drawing the remainder with Chelsea and Everton.
If they can dispose of Brendan Rodgers’ men at Anfield then all that remains for them to do to make good on their part of the deal is land 1/4 favouritism at home to Leicester three days later.
Meanwhile, there’s every reason to suspect Chelsea may find a victory at the Boleyn Ground beyond them, especially on current form.
They’ve won just twice in normal time across their last eight games in all competitions, making them slightly uneasy 67/100 favourites against a side they have failed to beat twice across the last three campaigns.
Failure may well mean ceding initiative to the reigning champions.