Bottomline: The blues only need three points from the remaining three matches to claim their sixth top flight league title and their fifth in premier league.
By Ramadhan O. Sigomba
No matter how long the night is, the sun will eventually rise. The Barclays Premier League title dark horse is set for an end on Friday which will see Chelsea crowned Champions if they emerge victorious against West Bromwich Albion. This is the beginning of an end of the captivating league season that started in August last year. How will it end?
Westbrom will host Chelsea at The Hawthorns stadium on Friday night. The blues only need three points from the remaining three matches to claim their sixth top flight league title and their fifth in premier league. Just like it is difficult to stop a dog from feasting a piece of meat that’s within reach, the baggies will have a hard time in stopping Chelsea from winning that encounter. As it may, the possibilities of the unthinkable to happen should not be underestimated since West Bromwich Albion have a pleasant home record against Chelsea. Judging Chelsea’s play against Boro, they look forward to wrap it up sooner than later and sure this will be a thrilling match, a final for Chelsea.
Saturday will see Pep Guardiola’s men engage Leicester City at the Etihad stadium on early kickoff. Apart from fighting for the top four spot, Man City will be out to avenge their humiliating 4-2 defeat they suffered in December last year at the King Power stadium courtesy of Jamie Vardy’s heroics. Notably, Leicester City have now rediscovered their form after the sacking of Ranieri and they also want to finish in a better position considering that its only three points that separates them from the 15th position despite of being position nine.
Later on, Arsenal who limped to fifth position after securing a comfortable win against Southampton will visit Stoke City clinging into hopes of finishing in the top four. For their hopes to remain relevant, a win for the Gunners is neither a choice nor an option but an obligation as they pray for their rivals to lose points. Otherwise, it was their last time to play on Wednesday night until further notice.
The top four race will resume on Sunday when West Ham host Liverpool and Manchester United visit Tottenham. Nothing less than a struggle is expected from Liverpool as they have been throwing away points easily in recent fixtures. Top four finish is for them to lose. Elsewhere, Tottenham Hotspurs will be having some blunt hopes of catching up with Chelsea as they welcome United. It is evident that Mourinho’s focus is not in the Premier league as witnessed in his first ever league defeat last weekend. He sees a half empty glass in Man Utd chances to qualify for champions league through the PL, therefore he has shifted his focus to winning the Europa cup. Tottenham are favorites to emerge victors in this fixture.
Writer: Ramadhan O. Sigomba