Chelsea’s loss at Crystal Palace may have caused their manager to publicly suggest that the Premier League title is beyond them this season, but given the rub of the green he’ll be proved incorrect.
The Blues are now available at a scarcely believable 13/2 to snare the laurels, despite sitting just two points behind a league-leading Liverpool side they can still blow off course.
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Here’s why Chelsea can defy the odds:
Liverpool aside, their remaining fixtures represent a three-point buffet.
Stoke, Swansea, Sunderland, Norwich and Cardiff are the other adversaries awaiting Mourinho’s men, with the toughest of them coming at Stamford Bridge where Chelsea have failed to win just twice all season.
Meanwhile, clean sheets at the Emirates and the Etihad show that the Blues are more than capable of at least avoiding defeat against Brendan Rodgers’ side for the fourth successive meeting.
The Reds have never won more than ten consecutive games in the Premier League.
Various title chasers’ momentum has ebbed and flowed in dramatic fashion throughout a thrilling season and while Liverpool may be top of the shop now, to expect them to keep on winning relentlessly is unrealistic.
Aside from the visits of Chelsea and Man City, dicey away fixtures at West Ham, who held them at Anfield last term, and recent Blues’ conquers Crystal Palace will give their mettle a merciless examination.
Man City haven’t won at Anfield since 2002/03 or Goodison Park since 2008/09.
The Citizens need only ponder the struggles of bogey side Sunderland to see that games in hand can be little more than a three-point mirage in the blazing temperatures of the seasonal run-in.
Successive gusts of financial windfall have yielded just one league win on Merseyside, with the millions of Thaksin Shinawatra and Sheikh Mansour unable to buy more than a point in 12 of their 13 raids since the former turned up.