The beautiful thing about Antonio Conte’s Chelsea is that we beat the smaller teams and try to get a result against the bigger teams.
I remember the last time I wrote an article of this nature; we played two big games against Tottenham and Manchester City (in the first half of the season), and then went on to win five games that were supposedly easy on paper — West Brom, Sunderland, Crystal Palace, Bournemouth and Stoke City. These were five winnable games on paper, and Antonio Conte’s men delivered the right results. Those run of wins helped cement our position on top of the table.
Now, at the back of two big games against Liverpool and Arsenal (which we got 4 points out of a possible 6), Chelsea have another run of games that could as well increase our gap at the top of the table, and wrap up the league in no time.
Before we host Manchester City on the 5th of April, we’d have Burnley, Swansea, West Ham, Watford, Stoke City and Crystal Palace to face.
While games aren’t won on paper, you’d expect Conte’s men to claim all 3 points in this fixture.
24 games have been played so far, and before the game against City, Chelsea would have played 30 games, with 8 games remaining. Chelsea currently have 59 points, and if we can win these 6 games, we’d have garnered 77 points. At that stage, Chelsea would have solidified our grip on the table, and it’ll be too late for any team to close the gap.
Last season, Leicester City won the league with 81 points, Chelsea won it with 87 points two seasons ago, Manchester City won it with 86 points in 2013/2014 campaign, and United won it with 89 points in 2012/2013. This clearly shows Chelsea are on track to win the league, and in those five seasons, only in 2013/2014 season did a second-place team go on to reach 80 points and above. This means, all Chelsea have to do is win these 6 games, and the league will almost be done and dusted. 2 more wins after this run of 6 games, and we’d be celebrating the title.
With Chelsea’s dominance in the league this season, you’d expect us to celebrate the title in April, and not May.