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We’ve reached that stage of the season where the boys get separated from the men in the Premier League title race.
Already, we’ve seen the likes of Fulham, Aston Villa, Everton and Leeds United drop off from the top places after an initial fine start to the season.
It’s between December to January that the table finally takes shape, and the title contenders get separated from the top four contenders.
It’s still a close knit race in the Premier League, with only six points separating the league leaders from 9th place Manchester City who have a game in hand. In fact, Aston Villa who are 10th in the table have two games in hand.
Chelsea have seven tough games to play from now till midway in January. If the Blues can get through those games with a good result, then Chelsea will definitely be pressing for the title over the course of the campaign.
Chelsea play Wolves away at the Molineux on Tuesday evening, before facing West Ham next Monday. Chelsea will be away to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Boxing Day, before hosting Aston Villa two days later.
On January 2, Chelsea will play host to Manchester City, before facing Leicester City and Fulham respectively, both away from home.
By the time Chelsea face Fulham, the Blues would have played 19 league games, which is exactly half of the Premier League season.
According to former Blue Mario Melchiot, the season will be defined in this period.
He told Stadium Astro: “The games are coming so fast and, as [Sir Alex] Ferguson said, the league is always won in December and January.
“If you don’t do well in those two months and you start dropping points, that’s when it becomes difficult.”