After witnessing Chelsea reassert themselves at the top of the Premier League, odds gurus the world over are convinced that the title is Stamford Bridge-bound this season.
A microscopic 1/5 says the Blues will reign supreme after prising a five-point gap between themselves and Manchester City following their 5-0 win at Swansea.
The Citizens’ 2-0 reverse at home to Arsenal has caused them to drift out to 5/1, but with 16 games to play Manuel Pellegrini’s brigade of gap bridgers are far from out of the reckoning.
Lest we forget, they were eight points adrift of the west Londoners with 12 games played yet still managed to draw level with them by New Year’s Day.
Since then, Chelsea recorded a fortunate victory over Newcastle and thumped a Swans side bereft of their most lethal weapon, Wilfried Bony.
City, on the other hand, have travelled to Everton and hosted Arsenal, two of the toughest adversaries in the division.
This was a two-game patch where it was easy to envisage the Citizens spilling points, while Chelsea were never going to do any such thing.
But the Bridge dwellers would be foolish to rest their laurels upon a five-point advantage in mid-January, especially when Man City are the side in pursuit, as indicated below.
In addition to overhauling a wider chasm earlier in the campaign, both of their titles were won from seemingly impossible positions.
The 2011/12 vintage saw them rein in seasoned league winners Manchester United despite being eight points adrift with just six matches remaining.
Vincent Kompany’s headed winner in a 1-0 victory over the Red Devils at the Etihad ultimately enabled them to hoist the title on goal difference.
City’s exploits last term were arguably more heroic, however, as they had to topple both Chelsea and table-topping Liverpool, who were six points ahead of the eventual champions, with just four games to play.
Five straight wins and a helping hand from Steven Gerrard propelled to them to the top of the pile when then final whistle hooted on game 38.
These examples alone render the long-shot Citizens worthy of a flutter in this far from concluded title tussle.