Diego Costa and Chelsea have an 8-point lead over Manchester City and 10-point lead over Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal with 13 matches to play in the English Premier League, and all pundits have been asking if the Blues can possibly be caught. Yet, but it would take a near-perfect season close from the Sky Blues, Spurs and/or the Gunners.
The 2016/17 English Premier League has been all Chelsea (19-3-3, 60 points), with the Blues and new Manager Antonio Conte grabbing the league lead after Matchweek 12 and playing fluid team soccer with Diego Costa and Eden Hazard leading the attack and Thibaut Courtois solid in goal. Sergio Agüero and Manchester City (16-4-5, 52 points) sit 8 points behind the Blues in 2nd place, with Harry Kane and Tottenham Hotspur (14-8-3, 50 points) and Arsenal (15-5-5) both only 10 points back with half of February and all of March, April and May to play with the 38-match season ending May 21.
“Eight points isn’t a huge, huge gap given the amount of games left and the way that they’re [Manchester City] playing at the moment,” said NBCSN’s Robbie Mustoe said of the tightened EPL title race Monday while Robbie Earle -- broadcast partner of Mustoe -- suggested if anyone would catch the Blues, it would take “... a Chelsea-like run” and possibly having to end the season on a 13-game win streak.Intertops English Premier League Odds To Win
Manchester City 8/1
Tottenham Hotspur 28/1
Manchester United 50/1Biggest Remaining Matches On EPL Schedule
Possibly the key period on the Manchester City schedule comes from Matchweek 29 to 31 when the Sky Blues face Liverpool at home at Etihad Stadium (March 19), travel to London to battle Alexis Sánchez and Arsenal at Emirates Stadium (April 1), then battle Chelsea at Stamford Bridge just four days later (April 5). The Blues are 11-0-1 (33 GF-7 GA) in West London, and when the two met in Manchester earlier this season (Dec. 3), Chelsea rolled to a 3-1 victory. And Noisy Neighbors City will still have a home game against rival Manchester United they'll have to play, but should the Citizens somehow win all four of those they could have a chance with the rest of the schedule all seemingly winnable matches.
For Tottenham Hotspur (50 points) and Arsenal (50 points), sheer perfection may be required, but these North London neighbors would love nothing more than to pop Chelsea’s royal blue balloon. The Gunners and Spurs collide at White Hart Lane April 1 with Spurs hosting Manchester United (48 points) on May 13 in what could be a huge date for both. And at 11 points back, Liverpool (49 points) will also need everything to go their way with that aforementioned Matchweek 29 date at Manchester City almost a must-win spot for Jürgen Klopp and the Reds.
EPL FUTURES BEST CHANCE TO CATCH CHELSEA PICK: Manchester City 9/1 (Paddy Power)